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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-15-2017, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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any gold hounds on here?

just started to play with a gold pan I got in a garage sale. who say's there is no gold in pa!

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-15-2017, 10:09 PM
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they sure is! I need to get back at it. its been a couple years since I had the sluice box going. I need to explore some other likely areas.
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I wouldn't say that I was a gold hound, but every time I go out west I do some panning. Also did some when I was in Alaska, I have a couple vials of dust that I've found. Mostly have garnets though.
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This thread brought to mind a memory for me. I was in Montana archery hunting for elk one year and was sitting at a vantage point at around 9,500 feet one afternoon to glass and eat lunch. After I finished eating and doing some glassing, I got to rooting around on the ground where I was sitting. I scratched up a dark yellowish rock that was a bit soft and pliable. The more I dug, the more I found. I had myself convinced that it was gold. Before I knew it, I had messed around for two hours there digging the stuff up. I had about half a zip lock sandwich baggie full of it.
I could hardly concentrate on hunting I was so excited about the prospect of it being gold. When I got out of the mountains, I stopped at a jeweler/gem store in town and had the guy take a look at it. He looked the stuff over and told me to stop back in a couple hours and he'd let me know.
I went and ate lunch and made plans on spending all the money I would have. Went back to the store and found out that it was mica (sp?).
I was disappointed of course, but have a neat memory.

The real find of the day was a petrified nautilus shell about the size of a quarter that I find while I was scratching around. Still blows my mind that a marine creature once existed there and I found it how many hundreds of thousands, or millions of years later up there at over 9,000 feet in elevation.
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I've done a little panning here in PA to no avail. Just locally though. There are other areas that would be higher percentage tries. I just need to find the time to go there.

I also gathered up the materials to build a sluice many years back. All that stuff is still in a pile in my basement..............

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One of the largest gold nuggets ever found in the USA was found just outside Washington,DC in the Potomac river...
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I believe the Reading/Lancaster area is known to have some placer gold deposits.

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If you really want to get into it check out the PA gold panners association. There is a chapter in Greenville.

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If you really want to get into it check out the PA gold panners association. There is a chapter in Greenville.
I'll do that.

Would also guess that the NW corner of the state (Yep......... Greenville) could hold some glacially deposited color. The overall geology of most of PA is not very conducive to finding much of anything. But I am sure there are little pockets here or there........

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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-18-2017, 04:18 PM
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I lived in Potter County for afew years and tried my hand at panning, but never found anything. I used to read up on gold in PA. There were some stories of gold being found back in the 1800's. Once story was about a guy that lived in or near Haneyville; that's up RT.44 where the Fin, Fur and Feather Trading Post is. It was said whenever he needed money, he would head off into the woods for afew days and always came back with some gold. Best people could figure he was panning it some where in the streams. Of course there were afew who tried following him but being a woodsman, he always lost them.
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