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Hunting for Big Gold in a Haunted Canyon

More than one prospector has gone into that canyon and never came out.
 

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Holcomb Valley Gold, Southern California


The first time I found gold in the creek here is when I decided to try a new place to drywash on a hill not far from the dirt path I was on.

Diary of a Diamond Prospector


I couldn’t wait to get started. With no field budget, an assay budget of $100/year, a 1975-Ford Bronco that was a road hazard, a gas card, a topo map and full support of the director, I headed to the State Line district near Tie Siding along US Highway 287 to begin mapping kimberlite.

Endurance Is Golden


Feeling 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 “Chuck It Out” Nugget


This was no ordinary nugget. It had not traveled very far from its nearby source, and that did mean a lot, as we were searching for the source of several such nuggets found during a gold rush that occurred in 1859.

Dry Washer, Wet System or Metal Detector?


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.

Detecting Nuggets—Overcoming New Challenges


Depth is not an issue unless the site is thoroughly cleaned of shallow trash, and it is far easier to isolate and remove targets using a small coil in a target rich location.

Desert Prospecting Yields More Than Just Gold


This wash was not far from where I once dug a half-ounce nugget, so I knew there was gold in the area.

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