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Famous Yuba River Dredge Sinks

The Yuba #21 gold dredge sunk in the Yuba Goldfields of northern California in late January.

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The Hanging Tree


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California and US Gold Panning Championships


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Recreational Gold Panning on the South Yuba River


The Forest Service recently announced a new area set aside for recreational gold panning on the South Yuba River, east of Nevada City.

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