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To find a gold or gem vacation spot, click on the Gold Prospecting or Gem Hunting menu and select your location. I have them listed by State or International. All locations that I have been able to find on the net are listed. If you know of a vacation spot (that has a website) please let me know, I’m always looking to add more.

If you go on a prospecting vacation, please come back and let us know how it was. Don’t forget to take plenty of pics and video!

Thanks and have a great vacation,

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Columbia State Historic Park

Story from The Chicago Tribune

Kids love ghost stories. They love ghost tours on which they discover the hotel room next door is supposedly haunted even more.

Then they go to bed and the idea becomes a lot less lovable in the dark.

But the resulting sleeplessness just shows you how good the ghost tours are at Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia, east of San Francisco.

That’s not the only surprise awaiting first-time visitors to the town that seemingly stopped aging in the 19th century. Folks dress in period clothes. Many buildings have been rooted in place for more than a century. The only vehicle allowed downtown is the stagecoach and a stagecoach ride is a must. Hotel rooms are as close as possible to what they were in the 1800s, without asking guests to forgo electricity and indoor plumbing.

And there’s gold in that thar town.


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There’s gold in Ohio!!

Annual gold-panning event attracts prospectors of all ages | The Columbus Dispatch.

The free annual event, which drew 1,500 people, takes place on the banks of the Clear Fork of the Mohican River between Bellville and Butler — about 65 miles northeast of Columbus.

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Strike it rich at 5th annual gold panning event – Lima, Ohio

Strike it rich at 5th annual gold panning event - LimaOhio.com - limaohio.com

VERMILION — The Western Reserve Land Conservancy will be holding their fifth annual gold-panning event at the Mill Hollow area of the Lorain County Metro Parks Vermilion River Reservation….. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

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Gold Festival – Sonora, CA / August 23-24

Delta Gold Diggers Gold & Outdoor Festival

The Delta Gold Diggers present the Gold & Outdoor Festival, sponsored by the Gold Prospectors Association of America, in the heart of California’s famed Mother Lode country near Woods Creek at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

Adults $5 – Children 12 and under FREE

  Sponsored by Minelab
- Hunt for all ages
- Over $3,000 in buried treasure will be up for grabs
- Detecting Education & Training provided by Infinite Detector Solutions, an authorized Minelab dealer and GPAA’s own Kevin Hoagland
- Prizes! Minelab detectors and equipment (valued at over $4,000)

- Metal detectors – Minelab, Garrett and Tesoro
- Cascade Recirculator
- Black Magic
- Gold Cube
- Alaska Gold Expedition – (2) two week trips to Nome, Alaska (airfare included). One each day.
Much more






More Info: GPAA and Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association mining claims within a 15-30 minute drive of Sonora.

Lots of hotels, RV and tent camping nearby. RV spaces are $30 per RV per night. Tent camping is $20 per tent per night. Showers and bathrooms available. Limited full hookups for RVs.

For more information, email
 DeltaGoldDiggers@gmail.com, call (209) 606-0085 or go to DeltaGoldDiggers.com.
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Anyone ready for an Adventure??

I had this posted on my site. It’s not my cup of tea, but if you’re feeling adventurous and like the sea…this might right for you!  Good luck!  - Dan


I am a casting director in Los Angeles, looking for guys with great personalities and passion, to participate in a once in a lifetime expedition to hunt for the rare ambergris.

If you or anyone you know is interested, please call me asap for all the details.

Susan 310-922-3613

Below is a little more info:

EVER WATCH THOSE FISHING SHOWS AND WISH YOU COULD BE OUT THERE? GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO NOT ONLY SURVIVE ON THE OPEN OCEAN, BUT THRIVE? Nationwide casting is now underway for adventurous, thrill seeking, risk-taking adrenaline junkies who know how to capitalize on an opportunity like this one. “Ambergris Hunters” is seeking “rookies of the sea” for a one-in-a-million opportunity: to learn from the best, make some cold hard cash from the bounty of ambergris, and experience the adventure of a lifetime. Apply now.

This is the chance of a lifetime for the right individuals.

To learn more, please contact Metal Flowers Media:
casting@metalflowersmedia.com and put “AMBERGRIS” in the subject line
like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/metalflowersmedia,
or apply online at http://www.metalflowersmedia.com.

Thanks so much!

Susan Morrissey
Casting Producer
Metal Flowers Media, LLC
Stop and smell the reality.
Web// http://www.metalflowersmedia.com
Mobile// 310.922.3613
FB// facebook.com/metalflowersmedia
Twitter// @metalflowers

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New Gem Location in North Carolina

I added a new Gem location in North Carolina. The Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine is open for the season! They produce some beautiful specimens at this mine.



Don’t forgot to come back and let us know how it went.

Good luck,

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Added new Gold location in Colorado

I added a new gold location in Colorado. Gold Strike Adventures, located near Denver, are open and ready to teach you how to prospect!






Don’t forgot to come back and let us know how it went.

Good luck,

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Nice story about prospectors

From www.wired.com

Meet the Rugged Prospectors Still Panning for Gold in California


One surprising ripple effect of the Great Recession is the resurgence of independent gold prospecting. In California, evaporated savings, layoffs, and foreclosures sent some running to the hills. Sarina Finkelstein’s series The New Forty-Niners chronicles these modern prospectors with anachronistic images, some of which look like they could have been made 150 years ago.

Gold panning in the creeks of the Sierra Nevada mountains has been a mainstay since the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, but for decades it tended to draw only hobbyists and small-scale speculators. Now, gamblers, romantics, and crusty entrepreneurs are joining the old-timers down by the river.

“Some people are prospecting for gold in order to survive,” says Finkelstein. “They had lost jobs, couldn’t find new ones, were freelance, or were struggling during retirement. Many have abandoned their permanent homes in order to live out of RVs and tents in the woods to prospect. Living a bare-bones or pared-down existence, some of them (without house payments, utility bills, etc.) are able to support themselves.”

Although the value of a dollar can wax and wane, gold is a solid investment. The price has roughly tripled since 2005, and at the moment it stands at about $1,300 per ounce. “At more than $1,000 per ounce, a small amount is still valuable,” says Finkelstein.


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