Grass Valley, Nevada City, Malakoff Diggings, Northern California
September 2022 by Dan Stanton
The early miners sought their wealth in the creeks and rivers of the area but the true wealth was discovered by accident.
Over the years, I’ve proved to myself over and over again that I don’t have to wait many weeks after rains before I head out to the goldfields to do some gold digging.
Within a very few minutes, I had my first nice sounding target. It turned out to be a nice earring-size gold piece that was about a half a gram.
Luckily, at about that time, I buddied up with a somewhat cantankerous, but very helpful, guy named Rod. He had become a local legend for his ability to consistently find gold.
Digging in the right spots will produce excellent results, like this group of nuggets taken by the author while metal detecting during the last few months. The biggest nugget is over an ounce.
Heading to the sierra for another adventure! On The Road Again..
Gatesville is not the only place to find easy public access for gold prospecting opportunities in Central Indiana.
I love to dry wash old nugget patches found by detector operators, and I have found my fair share of gold dry washing those areas. I have also found a few nuggets using a detector on the bedrock exposed by dry washing the patches.
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