Panning on North Fork American Yields Good Gold
May 2020 by Don Robinson
This second trip down was a challenge. It started in Colfax on the Stevens Trail, where the distance to the river is four miles with an elevation drop of about 1,000 feet.
I detect in a wide array of situations. I like to search for places that no one has been to. I really like to find areas that have never been worked at all.
So, I took the plunge. I decided on the maximum I would pay for the claim, then placed my bid. A day later I received a congratulations e-mail that I was the high bidder, and oh, by the way, send us your money.
The interesting thing about the Mother Lode area is that we can pretty much find at least a little gold in any creek or river (and even in some of the many dry gulches).
I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
The more experienced prospectors know these lesser known spots are the types of places where big finds are still made.
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