2006 US Gold Panning Championships
July 2006 by StaffThis year’s US Gold Panning Championships were held in Gold Bug Park, in Placerville, California. The competition site was set in the park’s pavilion among the trees and adjacent to the stream that runs through the park.
My mother stands in the desert, a hot wind kicking up puffs in the sand around her feet. She’s staring hard at the rusted buckets, weathered boards and mine shafts scattered throughout the sagebrush, concentrating, and I can tell she’s not really here. Not here now, at least. She is here 65 years ago. And this is not a long-abandoned ghost town at the end of a dirt road in one of Nevada’s endless stretches of nowhere.
The discovery of the Tonopah District by Jim Butler in May, 1900, was by far the most important event of its time, just as the discovery of the Comstock was the most important event in the Nevada’s earlier history.
Putting it all together, we have indications that the petroleum price increases could continue and we believe that if that is the case, the impact on precious metals would be positive.
It was not hard to find negative news during the past month, not hard at all. We were overwhelmed with continuing stories of the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, which took place in southern Lebanon, and Israel remained at war with Hamas in Gaza.
Apart from the hard rock mines, there are abundant gold-bearing placers, especially in the areas in and around Oriental Wash.
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