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Champions Crowned at the California State Gold Panning Championships

By the end of the day Sunday there were a lot of tired panners! By then they could have panned more than 10 times to continue to advance. This was not a picnic!

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Monetary Freedom and Accountability Act


U.S. Representative Ron Paul, a Republican from Texas, introduced legislation designed to curb the ability of the president and the treasury secretary to manipulate gold prices.

The Golden Highway—Amador County


Leaving sprawling Calaveras County, California, and heading north, the next county along the Golden Highway (Hwy 49) is tiny Amador County. Packed into it’s roughly twenty-five mile stretch of the historical roadway are some of the most charming, scenic towns that will be encountered along the whole way. This stretch was also home to some of the richest gold placers during the gold rush, a fact not lost on those who still try their hand at panning and dredging today.

News from the Editor


Our goal is to reach out to the next generation of prospectors and miners who might prefer reading our monthly issues on their desktop computer or portable device.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Oregon miners to petition for US Supreme Court review
  • Two executive orders to reign in federal agencies
  • Petition for Joshua tree as a threatened species

Let’s Go Crevicing for Gold


People have been looking for gold in every manner possible since the big gold boom in 1849, so what chance do we have of getting anything in today’s world where literally thousands of prospectors and fortune seekers have been before us?

Lost Sally's Gold


She said a few thoughts did cross her mind at the time; she thought maybe she should have looked more thoroughly for that hand-drawn map to the claim that we had given her the previous year.

Buying a Used Gold Dredge


In March of 2001, I saw a 3” dredge for sale on the Internet that was way over priced. It was advertised as a “complete Keene 3 inch gold dredge ready to go.”  But what I saw was only an old 3” Keene header-style sluice box with home made...

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