It’s not often that I find a new spot worth raving about, but over the last few weeks I have been going back to this same spot and I keep finding interesting items buried only a few inches or so below the surface.
I’m not going to give the area away, but it is a really old township that used to be famous for having large amounts of gold. Most of the town died off once the gold ran dry and the area started to be used for cattle / dairy farming. The picture below was taken by a friend of mine who likes to explore some of the remote locations that I visit – I reckon this one should be framed and hung on the wall.
Anyway, I started searching in and around a shallow stream about a mile out side of the main town area and so far I have found 3 small nuggets, a heap of old panning equipment and a few coins (nothing all that exciting).
I’m not sure how the gold prospectors of yesteryear missed the nuggets I found, but i’m glad they left some behind for me. I suspect the stream used to be more of a river and I am now searching in what used to be the deepest part, which may not have been easily accessible. At the moment the stream is only about 2 feet deep, so it’s pretty easy going. Looking at where the river used to flow and you can see that where I have been detecting over the last few weeks would have been far too deep for anyone to prospect with any rigor.
Here’s a picture of the area I have been working.
I’ve actually been camping quite a few times out this way looking for treasure, but I never tried the river this far down, I always assumed anything worth finding would be further up stream.