California State Gold Panning Championships
October 2011 by StaffThis was a tough task and it required really fast speed and perfect gold recovery, with 210 gold panners competing to advance.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
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On Labor Day weekend, September 1st and 2nd, two days of furious, almost non-stop panning went on.
One of the greatest opportunities still available to Americans is the opportunity to stake and own your own mining claim. Much of the Western US consists of lands that are open to claim by any US citizen...
As we traveled through the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas we saw the combination of mining towns in stagnation but otherwise, incredible displays of prosperity.
Successful miners report that the Peshastin’s gold is unusually course and most of the recovered nuggets are small pickers. Flood gold is prevalent here and easy to find and recover on the Peshastin.
“But first and foremost you have to have the geology. With respect to the geology, the Goodnews Bay placers, which actually were won from the Salmon River drainage and its tributaries, produced on the order of 650,000 ounces,” Foley says.
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