Uncovering the Find of a Lifetime
December 2014 by Chris Ralph• The 75-ounce Butte County nugget is the largest found in California since the 156-ounce Mojave nugget in the 1970s...
Problems finding gold with a detector
So why would a modern-day prospector want to learn about a method of mining that was banned by the courts more than a century ago?
Every year there are large nuggets found by the diligent, and occasionally by the lucky newbie.
• Using drywashers to work desert gravels
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
The nugget sat there in plain sight, though it was covered in dirt, while hundreds of people had passed that way every day.
“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”
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