The Golden Highway—Placer County
November 2004 by Frank Lorey IIILeaving El Dorado County and crossing the middle fork of the American River, the next county along Highway 49, the “Golden Highway,” is Placer County. The county also owes its name to the mining heritage of the gold rush.
• Royal Gold, Inc.
• Placer Dome, Inc.
My wife Fran and I were brushing and repairing the road to our claim when we were interrupted by a fellow in a pretty yellow Jeep heading out to the local town of Quincy, California.
This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
The zone of influence of each sample must be carefully considered when deciding how far sample sites should be spaced from each other.
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