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California Gold Panning
17712 Harvard Mine Road
Jamestown, Ca 95327
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Known around the World for it's gold and rich history.
From the 72 pound nugget found in the 1800's to the 200 plus pounds of crystalline gold found cross from our claim at the Harvard Mine. Part of this gold history can be seen at Ironstone Vineyard in Murphys. There on display is a 43 pound chunk of the gold that was found in 1989.
Woods Creeks is marked in the history books for its gold and for it's famous characters. Grizzly Adams was know to have a saloon just down the creek where he and his bear lived until they were run out of town. The famous P.T Barnum stopped over for a visit when his brother needed a little help. Others such as Mark Twain, James Woods, Benjamine Woods, Charles Basset and James Savage are just a few of the other names to mention.
Gold was found here by the Woods group in or around 1847. Led by James Woods. These men encountered Grizzly Bears, Mountain Lions, Rattle Snakes and severe weather. Back then there were no roads to travel or stores to buy your goods.
Upon finding Woods Creek these men would find this creek the richest and most abundant in gold out of all other creeks for it's size in the Mother Lode.
A man could walk the creek and pry nuggets out of the bed rock on his way back to camp.
On our claim we have recently found a few nice pockets of gold, some containing hundreds of dollars worth of gold, although rare to find such pockets, we still get lucky now and again. We have found two veins containing lode gold in the past 4 years. These are typically under water and hard to work. As we work more of the land we hope to find a few more of these above water. 4 years ago there was a young girl of 16 years old, She was working one of our dredge holes with a shovel and pulled out a 1/2 ounce nugget. Last fall a group of men were highbanking and washed off a piece of quartz containing 3 chunks of gold. This spring we have found a few 1/2-1 gram pieces of gold embedded in quartz. The gold here is sometimes rough with sharp edges or smooth and rounded. Some of the gold comes from the hard rock mine just up the creek.
Cross from our claim is the Historic Harvard Mine where millions of dollars of gold had been pulled from it's rock. Just behind the mine is Table Mountain. This mountain was created millions of years ago when the local volcanoes erupted and filled an ancient river with lava. Many have burrowed under this mountain in search of its ancient deposits. Some got rich while some just made enough to eat. Many interesting artifacts have been found under this mountain, a mans skull, arrow heads, leaf fossils and animal bones are just a few of the interesting things deposited under this mountain.