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Tom Leftwich

Tom Leftwich

Tom is a country music entertainer, song writer, inventor, and gold miner with over thirty years experience working all aspects of placer and desert gold recovery. He was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, found his wife Fran in California, and raised a family of four—all gold miners. He spends every summer gold mining.

Tom says he doesn't have "gold fever," rather it's the adventure, fun and people associated with gold mining that he loves. He recently released his first book, "Gold Mining! Come Along for the Ride."

Tom winters near Edwards AFB where he spent a 53-year career where he enjoyed serving as an engineering consultant in the development of systems for testing experimental aircraft.
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Feather River Gold

The Winning Hand

Jim Madden's Gold

A Family Quest for Gold

Lost Sally's Gold

A Great Day On The Feather River

Piggin' for Gold

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Big Rock Gold

Fells Flat Gold

Trying Out the New Highbanker

Pot Hole Gold

Cold Water Gold

The Gold Of Horseshoe Bend

Gold From Black Sand Tailings

A Good Start

Fountain of Youth Gold

The Gold of Plumas de Oro

Rattler's Gold

Highbanking on the Feather River

Beginner's Luck

Highbanking and the House Rock

Bucket Dredged Boulder Gold

No Gravel, No Gold

The Prevleator

Dredging the Mokelumne

Broomstick Gold

Searching for Gold at Paradise Valley, Alaska

The Mama John

Horsetail Gold

The Big Gold Strike

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