2004 California State Gold Panning Championships
October 2004 by StaffOne hundred eighty-one gold panners flocked into the old mining town of Foresthill on Memorial Day weekend, all with the objective of proving just how good they were. This was the Wild West all over again, and the shootout at OK Corral was nothing compared to the smoke and fire these contestants put up to determine who was the best of the best—and the best were there to compete, too.
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I was informed, in a less than friendly manner, that I can only camp on the claim for 14 days of every 90.
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