It's Not Always El Dorado
November 2020 by Ray Mills
This was “pocket” country. All around were “pockets” that had been hand dug by old and new miners.
Much more information can be gained from that single source and gives you ideas on the gravels for dry washing or where the nuggets may lie for metal detecting
Today it is getting tougher and tougher to find a place to prospect. There is one significant haven left for the small miner...
We are both very experienced working this type of ground, and we quickly found the pay layer where we would focus our efforts. The bedrock has good gold, but so does the red hard pan.
I decided to dig near it to see if there were any more and immediately uncovered others. In total I found a pocket with over 100 crystals in it. I was hooked.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
I probably swung over a few targets without noticing them. My first target came about ten minutes later as I went over a part of the high bench in this wide section of the dry wash.
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