A Few Thoughts About Successful Nugget Hunting
November 2013 by Fred Mason...I got the faintest of rises in the threshold. It was hardly a signal at all, and I thought it was one of the many, deep, hot rocks in the area.
This rock had been with a family for many years and they were cleaning up an old workshop that had lots of minerals and miscellaneous “ore” samples.
...if you have a good, rich spot, hand-operated systems can produce some decent gold.
There are several counties around Shasta County that offer very good gold detecting. Many of these locations are old hydraulic pits. While detecting these old pits over the years I have come up with some ideas on how to go about hunting them.
Trinity County is located in the far northwest corner of California and stirs up many different memories for those who have been there.
Some media outlets have speculated the hoard of coins came from a theft at the old US Mint in San Francisco that was reported in 1901.
The more experienced prospectors know these lesser known spots are the types of places where big finds are still made.
Within a few minutes I got my first signal and dug out a small flake about three grains.
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