Picks & Pans: Dredging and Detecting in Sierra City
October 2003 by Chris RalphEvery year for the past several years I have taken a prospecting trip to Sierra City, California, to dredge on a friend’s claim. Sierra City is a historic gold rush town of a little more than 200 persons. Known mostly for its rich lode mines, it also had...
There are literally hundreds of dry placer deposits in the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts of western Arizona. Many of these placer gold deposits are not described in any published books, bulletins, or reports, though placer gold enthusiasts know where...
In 1848 and 1849, miners had pushed all through the western Sierra foothills making many fantastic gold discoveries. The far north end of California’s Mother Lode country, however, had received little exploration.
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