Silver Strike in Happy Camp, California
March 2002 by Scott HarnFor Maria McCracken, the quest for gold has been a life-long experience. Maria runs the New 49’ers Prospecting Club in Happy Camp, California, along with her husband Dave, and Gerry Westerkamp. But lately her focus has been on silver.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
If you have a bad case of gold fever like me, then it’s nice to know that you can get some of that pretty yellow metal almost any time of the year, wet or dry.
I enjoy your magazine very much. I read it from cover to cover every month.
While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.
With history so often repeating itself, you can’t go wrong searching for gold using modern exploration techniques and exploration theories in regions of historic gold activity.
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