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Southern Oregon's Illinois River—A Lesson in Sharing

Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.

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What I saw was a beach area that was just completely covered in black sand. Rubbing my hands close together like a kid in a candy store, I could not wait to get set up.

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Ophir—Possibly the Best Kept Secret in Alaska!


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