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Dectecting Alaskan Gold Nuggets

Probably the best friend known to the Alaskan nugget shooter is the bulldozer. The bulldozer can open up a lot of opportunity for the metal detecting prospector. Along creeks and valleys where bulldozers have torn up overburden and exposed the...

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Tales of Liberty Gold


The town of Liberty is located in the Cascade foothills about 13 miles south of Blewell Pass and northeast of Cle Elum, Washington. Near the confluence of Swauk and Williams Creeks, a road turns east from Highway 97 to the town site. Since the first discovery of gold, placer and lode deposits around Liberty...

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