After California’s Heavy Rains, Gold Seekers Are Giddy
Prospectors in Northern California are heading to the hills in search of gold after the state’s winter storms pushed torrents of water through mountain streams and rivers, loosening up deposits of the precious mineral. The gold rush may have taken place almost 175 years ago, but there are still plenty of the heavy-bearded and flannel-shirted gold seekers wandering about the region, hoping to stumble across nuggets and other gold-laden artifacts. This year’s storms have brought what’s been dubbed “flood gold” to the area, and with gold currently hovering around the $2,000-per-ounce mark, it’s a lucrative hobby to pursue. Recent meetings of the Gold Country Treasure Seekers club have featured hauls of two pounds’ worth of gold nuggets, and former police officer and firefighter Mark Dayton is already earning a living from his hobby of gold seeking.
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