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New GEM Location!

Geology Adventures

I found a new gem site that is a little different than all the rest. Bob Jackson takes people out on gem finding adventures all over the world! He’s based in Washington but does quite a few tours outside the state. He has a schedule up on his website, and space is limited on his tours!

Big nugget in Arizona

Here’s a nice little tale of what persistence will get you. Sometimes you come home with nothing but black sand and trash. Sometimes you come home a winner!

Visit the GPAA website for the full story.

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Gold Rush Days @ Julian, CA…THIS WEEKEND!!

I love Gold Rush Days in Julian, heck, I just love going to Julian! The apple pies….hhmmmm ‘dreamy face’. If you live in Southern California, head on over to Julian this weekend, April 7-8. Lots of food and fun. 

Admission is free, but you’ll need tickets for the activities. Some of which will be:

  • Hayrides
  • Farm Animal Visit
  • Archery
  • Tomahawk Throwing
  • Candle Making

Julian Gold Rush Days, celebrates the discovery of gold in this mountain community and invites visitors to learn more about its history with a weekend of entertainment including gold panning, tomahawk throwing, candle dipping and more. Located at The Julian Mining Company in Wynola, the old-fashioned mining camp will offer re-enactors,, an arts and crafts market, food and drink, a petting zoo, and old-fashioned laundry, free parking and plenty of family fun.

Gold Rush Days

Ancient Roman Gold Mining

Here’s a well written and interesting article on historical gold mining, and gold as a commodity/monetary system. Check out this article from GainsvilleCoins.com.

From there site: The ancient Romans’ feats of engineering, technological advancement, and mankind’s general conquest over nature through agriculture and construction were truly remarkable for their time.

This same spirit of ingenuity and engineering prowess has animated Americans since at least the early stages of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. In various forms, this entrepreneurial drive still exists in the United States to this day. As the leading power of the Western world, America and its Northern European founders inherited this legacy from the Romans, along with many of its civic, legal, and cultural foundations.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE

2016 World Gold Panning Championships!!

2016panningchampAnother Gold Rush is coming to El Dorado County September 11–18, 2016. The El Dorado County Fairgrounds will look like the gold rush that started in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold in the tail races of his lumber mill, just a few miles away in Coloma, along the South Fork of the American River. Hundreds of competitors from around the world will join us for a week long competition to see who is the fastest panner. Open to the public and all ages are welcome to compete…hope to see you there!

The El Dorado County Fairgrounds is the center of the 2016 World Gold Panning competition. It is being transformed into a continuation of the gold rush that started in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold in the tailraces of his lumber mill, just a few miles away in Coloma, along the South Fork of the American River. This discovery lead to the world migration of individuals to California to seek their fortunes. Now the world returns again!

Competitors will be panning native sand and gravel to find placer gold in record time! It’s a gold panner’s dream to win a GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE medal in a World Championship Competition.

MORE INFO HERE

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