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Finding Gold in Mokelumne River Canyon

The Mokelumne River was first worked by the ‘49ers, and foundations of Spanish missions and old miner’s cabins are still present. Elton’s first experience with Roaring Camp came in 1947, when he took a job packing in supplies...

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Prospectors Beat Mining Claim Tax


Early in 2006, two prospectors, joint owners of unpermitted mining claims in San Bernardino County, California, were confronted by the County Tax Collector with stiff taxes amounting to hundreds of dollars for the “possessory right” to own mining claims in that county.

PLP President Intervenes on Behalf of Dredgers


Jerry Hobbs, president of Public Lands for the People, is taking action to prevent undue restrictions on miners utilizing suction dredges in California.

The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part IV—Recovery of Coarse Gold From Alluvial Placers


This last installment in the series will look at methods for finding and recovering coarse gold from alluvial (river and stream) placer environments. Unlike the residual and eluvial placers that we have considered previously, the force of flowing...

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The Essentials of Dry Washing


Most dry washers have a feed rate adjustment. It needs to be set so that the material flows evenly over the riffles and does not bury them.

Weathering, Erosion and Placers


The big interest to prospectors thinking about the effect of erosion is not what might happen long into the future, but what they might find in the rivers later this summer when the water levels go down.

PLP Update


The miner was drywashing using a small, gas-powered drywasher for a short period of time—maybe an hour—when he was asked by a ranger to see his permit, which is not required to prospect at this small of a scale.

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