2002 California State Gold Panning Championships—Foresthill, California
October 2002 by StaffFor the second year in a row the historic mining town of Foresthill hosted the California State Gold Panning Championships. The State Championships are sponsored by the Mother Lode Goldhounds, a California non-profit corporation.
This is the primary geological and mineral assessment agency in the US. Part of the Department of the Interior, the Geological Survey, often just called “The Survey” or USGS, has been in business since its founding in the 1800s. This means you can obtain publications all way the back to the early days of the survey...
This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
Not much has changed along the original stage road that runs easterly from an old schoolhouse northeast of Nogales into the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona. Marked on the maps as Duquesne Road, the route has been in use for over 130 years, climbing from the hot desert floor to an almost 6,000-foot elevation pass before dropping back down the eastern slope of the mountains to reach the old mining camps of Washington, Duquesne, and Lochiel.
A treasure detective, like any detective, is looking for a clue from which he can develop information to solve a mystery. Who? Why? When? The detective sniffs out a trail that will lead eventually to some undiscovered cache of coins...
Rotten rock (saprolite) can be found in all warm, humid regions, but is best developed in humid, subtropical climates, like that found in the American South. Outwardly, it looks like bedrock, but upon closer inspection, it can be seen that roots penetrate it and that it can be worked with a shovel or hydraulic monitor.
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