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1st Annual Placer County Open Gold Panning Championships—1999

Before it was over, 200 buckets of gravel and gold were swished and swirled in competition to determine who was the best gold panner in the County.

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The nugget sat there in plain sight, though it was covered in dirt, while hundreds of people had passed that way every day.

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