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Gold Trails Episode 1: The DIY Miner from The Gold Prospectors Association of America

Host Kevin Hoagland travels to the Alabama Gold Camp in Cragford, Alabama where he has the unique experience of running one of the largest wash plants on the east coast. From there he takes a step back and meets up with the Coker Creek Chapter of the GPAA who is all about the home built prospecting equipment. For more information about Gold Trails, visit goldprospectors.org/GoldTrails

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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

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

CLAIM JUMPER METAL DETECTING HUNT
  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)

GOLD & OUTDOOR RAFFLE PRIZES VALUED AT OVER $10,000!
– 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

LIVE EQUIPMENT DEMOS

LEARN TO PAN USING REAL GOLD

DOZENS OF VENDORS DISPLAYING HUNDREDS OF PRODUCTS

PROSPECTING SEMINARS

JEWELRY, ARTS & CRAFTS, ACTIVITIES AND GAMES FOR ALL


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.

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.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

They’re at it again! WIN A 1/2LB. OF GOLD!!

The Waldo Mining District (WMD) and the Eastern Oregon Mining Association (EOMA) are giving away another . . . ONE HALF POUND OF GOLD! (6 oz. Troy)

Back in 2011-2012, EOMA/WMD held a series of Drawings with a Final Grand Prize of 1/2 Pound of Gold to help raise funds for the EOMA Legal Fund in connection with our on-going suits against the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) “700PM Instream Mining Permit” issued July, 2010. As successful as those Drawings were, we unfortunately need more funding to see this litigation through to the end. In order to raise the necessary funds, we are holding another series of Drawings . . . and just like before:

One lucky person will be the winner of another Half Pound of Gold!

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