Prospecting Australia—Part I
October 2011 by Chris RalphThe call of gold is a strong one and it has pulled men from every corner of the planet. That said, I guess it’s now my turn to chase far away gold.
Back at the entry point of the mine, we took turns slowly crawling down the slope leading into the mine portal with our metal detectors, hard hats and flashlights. The mine was hand dug and is about 75 yards long.
This was two days of gold panning, with just over 250 gold panners trying to win a medal to show they were one of the best of the best.
The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.
Their rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
When we got set up and I started to swing the coil over a small mound, I got a good signal, faint but repeatable.
I poked my head out of the water and said, “You won’t believe what I am going to show you!”
A treasure-seeking young man whose name will forever remain anonymous made the months-long journey either over land or by sailing ship to California after word spread about the gold strike in 1849.
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