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Gold Mines -
The Search for GoldThe search for gold still offers a special excitement for many people. They hope to “strike it rich” by panning gold. What they do not realize is that most placer deposits have been thoroughly reworked at least twice first by those who entered immediately after the initial boom periods of the late 19th century to glean the lower grade deposits and tailings and later by prospectors during the Great Depression of the 1930s. During the “rush” of the 1970s and 80s, when the price of gold was at an all-time high, many of these areas were worked once again.
Nevertheless, a chance for success may still remain if you choose favorable areas after a careful study of their geology and mining records. If you are prepared to undergo a certain amount of hardship, possess a vehicle capable of traveling the roughest and steepest roads, and are not discouraged by repeated disappointments, a prospecting trip may prove to be interesting.
The search itself is often its own reward, but there are things you should consider before setting out on a prospecting expedition.
You must always obtain permission from the owner to prospect on private property. Before prospecting on federal land, contact the U.S. Bureau of Land Management at (916) 978-4400.
source - CSGS