Gold nugget prospecting
Arizona gold nugget prospecting
Gold mining in Arizona reportedly began in 1774 when Spanish priest Manuel Lopez directed Papago Indians to wash gold from gravel on the flanks of the Quijotoa Mountains, Pima County. Gold mining continued there until 1849, when the Mexican miners were lured away by the California Gold Rush.
From the latest weather forecast it seems certain that Southern California and Arizona is in for major rains this winter. If you’re into gold prospecting, you should keep in mind that thunderstorms and major rain in the desert areas moves a lot of dirt. So, now gold nuggets that may have been buried down eight or 10 inches in the ground could be much closer to the surface after dry washes fill with water and a lot of topsoil is moved downstream.
Now’s the time to prepare for the coming El Niño rains of 2015 and 2016. Just recently I purchased a new gold sluice to be used here in the San Diego area, as well as the Yuma and Quartzite Arizona areas because weather forecasters are calling for a huge rainy season, one not seen in southern California in many decades.
For recreational gold prospectors in Southern California and Arizona. I think this could be a banner year for those who are prepared.
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