It’s no secret that California is one of the best states to prospect for gold. In fact, some would consider it the best place in the country to look for gold. In recent years there have been some frustrating restrictions on some mining methods, most notably suction dredging. This has hampered many prospectors ability to […]
Most small-scale gold prospectors search for placer gold that is deposited in streams and rivers, but it can also be found in arid climates far away from existing water sources. Gold can be found using a variety of different methods. The most common way to recover gold in the water is by gold panning, but larger equipment can also be used to help prospectors recover more gold by processing more material. This page includes information on different gold mining methods.
A random thought that I had today as I was reading one of the internet forums and someone was showing off their recent finds. Don’t tell anyone about your gold finds until you are done prospecting that spot! It reminds me of a story (actually a couple different stories) about someone who regretted sharing their […]
The Eagle’s Nest Mine in California is famous for consistently producing high-grade crystalized gold. Much of the specimen crystalized gold sold in the United States has either come from the Eagle’s Nest Mine or the Round Mountain Gold Mine in Nevada. Before 1982, there were several claims in the Michigan Bluff mining district in Placer […]
Although estimates are vague at best, it is believed that as many as 24,000 younger Chinese men were among tens of thousands of immigrants, who moved to California between 1849 and 1853 after the California gold rush which began on January 24, 1948. The California gold rush commenced after gold became discovered by means of […]
“Stay Out Stay Alive”, we have all heard and seen the warnings when we discussing abandoned mines. Many people have the idea in their heads that abandoned mines are plain and simply death traps and upon entering one we are sure to meet our demise. Let it be said that mines are undoubtedly dangerous, and […]
With the continued ban on suction dredging, more and more claims are being dropped Several years ago, it was pretty challenging to find a place to prospect for gold in California. The gold price was at an all-time high, and it seemed that everyone was out in the field trying to get rich by mining […]
A recent gold discovery in Russia really has people excited Miners have unearthed something spectacular; a massive gold nugget weighing 10.3 kilograms (over 22 pounds!). Workers were moving old tailing piles with heavy equipment when someone spotted the huge nugget among the rubble. Based on the spot price of gold this nugget would be worth […]