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.
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.
The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.
Several areas came to mind, but each was eliminated for one reason or another. One that seemed to be hanging on was the old historic mining town called Placerville.
The first experience involved an overgrown gold mine operated during the 1880s. A razed mill adjoined the mine and could be glimpsed from the isolated public dirt road I was traveling.
On the day prior to Mother’s Day I was able to get out and spend a few hours prospecting. I wanted to try some new settings on my detector, and I had a place in mind to do that.
It rained over four inches that night and the creek flooded both my backyard and my workshop. When I opened the door to my workshop Christmas morning, an unwelcome sight greeted me.
As a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits, I’m not allowed to talk about specifics in the court-ordered negotiations currently underway in San Bernardino. However, I do want to let you know we are making progress…
Online 3D version Coming Soon • Geology of Placer Deposits: Reading a River • Let Nature Help • Electronic Prospecting: The Hunt for Coarse Gold • Glacial Prospecting Basics Part 1 • Gleaning for Gold Part 2 • PLP Update • Blast From the Past • Resource Maven