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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

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

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.

Nice story about prospectors

From www.wired.com

Meet the Rugged Prospectors Still Panning for Gold in California

BY PETE BROOK

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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