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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.
Another 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.
Join the Buckeye Chapter of the GPAA for our annual Gold Rush Days, held Labor Day Weekend at the GPAA Swank Claim along the beautiful Clearfork River near Butler, Ohio. Gold Rush Days are a weekend packed full of gold prospecting and family oriented events. From common digs to kids games and duck races to a chili cookoff, there is something for everyone at Gold Rush Days! Free camping for GPAA members.
Holy smokes this looks like the funnest trip I’ve found so far! Every year in Trona, California hundreds of people gather for the one of the biggest gem hunts of the year. If you like gems and crystals, digging through mud, and generally having a great time… this one if for you! It only
cost $15 – $20 per car depending on what your after and where you dig.
A little excerpt from the Trona Gem Club website:
For many visitors, the pink halite field trip is the highlight of the weekend.
This field trip starts new each year because the field trip area floods each winter. Any pink halite in the collecting area left behind after last year’s show is dissolved in this water. The photograph below, looking south from the main road intersection on the field trip, shows the collecting on February 26, 2000. Clearly, both sides of North-South Road are flooded with no dry surface.
Over the course of the hot, dry summer, the water evaporates from the surface of these ponds, providing an opportunity for salt crystals to grow slowly. Under these slow crystallization conditions, individual salt crystals can become quite large – up to 2 inches across. READ MORE