Endurance Is Golden
September 2011 by Michael GreyshockFeeling through the mud, I felt the weight and shape of what could only be gold. Throwing my hand in the water revealed a sixteen-gram nugget oozing with character.
The pit was a classic one—exposed shale bedrock with all the material being washed out one end of the pit. Within a few minutes I had a nice mellow signal that was in open ground.
On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.
Their rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
...I got the faintest of rises in the threshold. It was hardly a signal at all, and I thought it was one of the many, deep, hot rocks in the area.
Placers that are directly associated with lode deposits are sometimes overlooked and may have good potential for those who are willing to search for them.
There are many other locations in the area where gold has been found, but Woods Creek is the most famous of the creeks and gulches in the area where the 49ers searched for that elusive yellow metal.
An online video gave me some ideas, and with a lot of trial and error I developed a reliable method of panning free gold particles down below 35 microns quickly and easily.
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