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Picks & Pans: The Glory Hole

I started the New Year of 1998 with great anticipation of finding that elusive vein of gold. Twice a year I planned my vacation carefully, not to miss the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. I wanted to be smack in the heart of the Downieville gold field.

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