July 2004 by StaffExcerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
We spent more time that first day moving rocks than we did sending material over the sluices. Even so, our cleanup was quite respectable for having only moved down to a depth of a couple feet.
Most of the world's diamonds come from Africa and Australia, but several new discoveries in the United States and Canada have spurred interest.
It would seem that we are often indeed destined to repeat history. In terms of gold discovery, even with all the advancements that have been made over the years, it seems we are once again on the cusp of returning to the 1800s world of gold mining. Even as you read this, a new gold rush is taking place in a sleepy little town in South Carolina.
• Just put it on our tab...
• Do you smell something?
• A voice from the past
By the end of the day Sunday there were a lot of tired panners! By then they could have panned more than 10 times to continue to advance. This was not a picnic!
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