Discovering New Territory
September 2020 by Don Robinson
This same concept is true of many of our modern-day rivers, and we have to find out where their gold originated if we can.
Crowds may be great for football games or the Fourth of July, but not for prospecting. So, this summer, while thousands of gold seekers were heading to the coast of Alaska, I headed to a remote part of the Interior.
While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.
While none of the historical mining camps are active, the area is still a hub of activity for the modern prospector, and claims still blanket the hills and gulches.
This was two days of gold panning, with just over 250 gold panners trying to win a medal to show they were one of the best of the best.
I had a chance to visit the operation in person and talk with Neal. I was very impressed and I think our readers could learn a lot about building up a commercial placer operation from scratch…
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.
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