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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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Treasure hunter finds historic ship with metal detector off Oregon coast | FOX2now.com

SEASIDE, OR (KPTV) — A man who was trying out his newly-purchased metal detector on the Oregon coast stumbled upon what might be historical artifact.

Seaside resident Ben Hidy said he was just hoping to find some coins when he ventured out to the dunes to try out his new metal detector.

However, Hidy said he picked up a reading for “solid iron” and started digging.

Click here for the entire story.

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Mine tours in Colorado!


OLD HUNDRED MINEThe history of the Old Hundred Gold Mine begins in the spring of 1872 when the first of the three Neigold brothers arrived from Germany and staked their claim on the “Number Seven” vein. Reinhard, Gustave, and Otto Neigold spent the next 30 years prospecting and developing the veins on Galena Mountain. They even had their own town called Neigoldstown along the busy Stony Pass trail that led into Silverton. Educated and sophisticated, the Neigolds entertained the frontier mining camp with music, song, operas, and plays during the long winter months.

Gradually a large block of claims was assembled on the rugged side of Galena Mountain containing several good veins. One of the claims located in 1898 was named the “Old Hundred” probably after the popular German hymn, “Old Hundreth.” By then the brothers had formed the Midland Mining Company which had plans to drive a long tunnel at the base of Galena Mountain to tap the rich veins deep inside the mountain. Work was done on several levels and good gold ore was found in the highest vein, the Number Seven, at an elevation of 12,750 feet above sea level. But the Neigolds did not have the large sums of money needed to develop the mine and put the property up for sale.


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Who says all the good gold is gone?!

Taken from business2community.com

A giant gold nugget was recently found in Northern California’s historic Gold Country and it’s going up for sale.

6.07 lb gold nugget

The mammoth item weighs in at 6.07 pounds and is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000.

The Butte nugget was discovered by an unnamed prospector who asked dealer Don Kagin to keep his name private.

The giant gold nugget was found in July on public land in the Butte County mountains. Most public lands in California allow for prospecting.

Read more at http://www.business2community.com/social-buzz/giant-gold-nugget-found-in-california-is-valued-at-350000-01047429#mhK7v2DeGMq8kIxO.99

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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
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Twitter// @metalflowers

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