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Gold Deposits of Montana


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Good Assays and Bad


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Ophir—Possibly the Best Kept Secret in Alaska!


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Memories of Shirttail Creek, Northern California


…for a few hours, we fervently dug for gold. After we did a cleanup, I couldn’t believe the amount we got.

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One of the Richest Beaches Ever Mined


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