“Placer” is the name given to gold (and other minerals) found in alluvial deposits of sand and gravel in modern or ancient stream beds that are near the surface when found. During the California Gold Rush, prospectors used shallow metal pans or water-tight Indian baskets with sloping sides to mine placer gold. After filling Continue reading Gold Near the Surface
As one might expect, gold is the official state mineral of California and was so designated in 1965. The gold discovery in January 1848 rapidly transformed a pastoral landscape into a societal melting Continue reading Gold!
The gold discovery in January 1848 at Coloma, California, rapidly transformed a pastoral landscape with 15,000 people into a societal melting pot of burgeoning towns as prospectors came from all over the world to seek their fortunes. Continue reading Gold!