Rediscovering Placerville, California
February 2011 by Don RobinsonSeveral areas came to mind, but each was eliminated for one reason or another. One that seemed to be hanging on was the old historic mining town called Placerville.
This article is about our recent gold prospecting adventure, which has yielded over 20 ounces of specimen gold—with more to come.
The nugget was cast aside with larger rocks during the screening process, but it was found later by an employee...
• What to prospect with on the Klamath River
Some media outlets have speculated the hoard of coins came from a theft at the old US Mint in San Francisco that was reported in 1901.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
The amount of gold in the traces from the low-grade scattered veinlets may be much more than the traces from the small but rich pocket, at least until the pocket hunter closes in on the rich pocket. Further confusion arises if the prospector stumbles across a placer deposit on one of the higher peaks.
When everything is still dry, one of my favorite methods of prospecting is using a straw to blow out small cracks and crevices that dot the exposed bedrock along a stream.
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