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The Potholes—California’s Oldest Known Mining District

Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).

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Pocket Gold


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Prospecting The East Fork San Gabriel Canyon, Southern California


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I figured it would be quite conservative of me to shoot for about four ounces of gold instead of the twelve ounces I had found in 2013.

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