Gold Panning

California begins in Gold Country

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 12, 2016 / comments

[By Peter Fish, Photo: 1849 photograph of old Hangtown] The story begins on a winter’s morning. A man building a sawmill walks down to a riverbank to check on the project’s progress. He spots some shiny flakes in the river water, bends down, picks them up. “Boys, by God, I believe I’ve found a gold mine,” he tells his crew. A few days later he tells his boss. They agree to keep the discovery secret. Good luck with that.

The 2016 World Gold Panning Championships

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 02, 2016 / comments

The El Dorado County Fairgrounds will look like the gold rush that started in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold in the tailraces of his lumber mill, just a few miles away in Coloma, along the South Fork of the American River.

Competitors will be panning native sand and gravel to find placer gold in record time! It’s a gold panner’s dream to win a GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE medal in a World Championship Competition.