Sierra County Gold—Part I
December 2013 by Chris Ralph...this county contained some of the richest placer ground found in all of California and still produces some pretty impressive finds to this day.
The nugget was cast aside with larger rocks during the screening process, but it was found later by an employee...
Sampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.
I could see lots of quartz, both loose on the hillsides and in the numerous small prospect diggings. There was a small gold rush here more than a century ago.
In some places valuable ores can be found within the waste material of mine dumps, sorted ore piles, and detrital vein matter at the surface. Though many of these old mine sites can be an excellent source of gold, not all are created equal.
My third sample location proved to be my last and most interesting. I needed to look no further.
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