Winter Rains Boost Gold Fever

Mar 20, 2017

It may be small bits at the bottom of the pan, but yes, its really gold.
Credit Santa Rosa Gold Diggers

An ounce of gold is worth a little more than $1300 these days, enough to keep even casual prospectors interested and active, especially here in northern California. Today we hear from a Santa Rosa group dedicated to keeping the search alive.

Searching for gold in California rivers can be much more relaxed these days than back in the 49er's heyday.

In the great gold rush of the mid-1800s, hydraulic hoses and extended wooden sluice boxes were used by some big operators, but simple metal pans were the most common tools. Today, says Randy Ricci of the Santa Rosa Gold Diggers, that’s just about all that is allowed.

Northern California in general is one the the world's more productive regions for gold, something that Robert Kinney attributes to the plate tectonics of the Pacific Coast.

The Santa Rosa gold Diggers meet at 7 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Santa Rosa Veterans building. Learn more about the gold prospecting and mining club on their website.