There are certain moments in history I would love to have been present at. Not the least of which is the frosty morning of January 24, 1848 when carpenter James Marshall found those first few gold nuggets just downstream from the sawmill he was building on American River.
That’s because it was this chance discovery that started the California Gold Rush. An event that quite literally made the Golden State what it is today.
But you probably knew that already, didn’t you? Well here’s something you might not know: There’s still plenty of gold in the cold, clear creeks of those Sierra Nevada foothills, just sitting there waiting for someone to take it home. And with gold prices at record highs, there’s no better time to go out and get your share.
Whether you decide to make your search for the shiny flakes a leisurely family outing or a serious full-time pursuit, the folks at Gold Prospecting Adventures in the tiny village of Jamestown, California can set you up with all the tools and instruction you need. But one word of caution based on personal experience: Once you see those first flakes show up in the bottom of your pan, you’re liable to get a little excited. And it’s this sense of exhilaration that I’ve found gives new meaning to the term gold rush!
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