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The Hanging Tree

The Big Swede was working his pan trying to get rid of the black sand. Usually there were others at the river, but on this day he was there alone. He figured that most of the other fellow miners were either doing their laundry, or working.

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The Hunt for Remote Canyon Gold


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Tools of the Modern Prospector: The GPS


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Dry Washer, Wet System or Metal Detector?


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Blast From The Past: Gold of the Common Man


America’s gold coinage began modestly, but enriched by the 1849 Gold Rush, the U.S. accelerated the program and from 1850 to 1932 produced, with several design changes…

Green Returns And Opportunity Is Almost Gone


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