Gold Panning Equipment

Gold panning equipment – White gold letter pendants.

Gold Panning Equipment

gold panning equipment

    gold panning

  • Gold panning, or simply panning, is a form of placer mining that extracts gold from a placer deposit using a pan. The process is one of the simplest ways to extract gold, and is popular with geology enthusiasts because of its cheap cost and the relatively simple and easy process involved.
  • The process of locating the richest gold bearing ground with the help of detecting equipments like gold pans and dredges.
  • A hobby and means of finding placer gold or a sampling method used by commercial miners to judge the viability of a gold deposit. See gold pan.


  • The necessary items for a particular purpose
  • an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
  • The process of supplying someone or something with such necessary items
  • Mental resources
  • A tool is a device that can be used to produce or achieve something, but that is not consumed in the process. Colloquially a tool can also be a procedure or process used for a specific purpose.
  • The act of equipping, or the state of being equipped, as for a voyage or expedition; Whatever is used in equipping; necessaries for an expedition or voyage; the collective designation for the articles comprising an outfit; equipage; as, a railroad equipment (locomotives, cars, etc.

gold panning equipment – Bounty Hunter

Bounty Hunter 4 inch Gold Nugget Search Coil
Bounty Hunter 4 inch Gold Nugget Search Coil
While a standard coil is great for finding large objects that are deeply buried, the 4-inch coil has a narrower field of detection ? enabling your detector to separate objects more efficiently. The 4-inch coil’s shallower detection area makes it ideal for prospecting in difficult, high metal areas since it allows you to more easily discriminate valuable objects from refuse. In addition to allowing the precise pinpointing of objects, a smaller coil lets you probe tight spots such as corners and crevices.

City Hall Placerville, Idaho

City Hall Placerville, Idaho
Swallows have formed a "bird condomnium" at the peak of the roof of the Placerville, Idaho "city hall". I think there are likely more swallows than full time residence of this once proud mining town (population reached 3,200 in the 1860s).

I drove through Garden Valley, Idaho on Monday and visited the pioneer cemetery while there. Then it was on to Iron Creek Campground where I camped for the night to get an early morning start on a hike up into the Sawtooth Mountain wilderness (Sawtooth Lake).

After I returned from a 10 to 11 mile enjoyable hike to Sawtooth Lake and up above it, I decided to return to Garden Valley, Idaho and make an 11 mile “side trip” up to Placerville, Idaho and back. Placerville is a colorful old mining town (as most were and are).

Fortunately, I was enjoying the drive so much that I missed my turn back down the South Fork of the Payette River to Garden Valley, and instead ended up in another mining town: Idaho City, Idaho. Serendipity. I drove around Idaho City a bit, and then took forest service roads up to Placerville, Idaho. There I “toured town” and the Placerville, Idaho pioneer cemetery.

I found the same wonderful ornate wrought iron grave-site enclosures that I had seen at Garden Valley the day before. I didn’t notice until I reviewed my photographs that there was an “emblem” on the gate of most of the enclosures and had I been a bit more observant, I would have known the person or company that did this beautiful work. A reason to go back.

The steep winding dirt road from Placerville down to Garden Valley was a joy to drive slowly with the window rolled down in my old pickup truck.

NOTE: In my photo stream I have chosen to upload my photos so that the Idaho City and Placerville, Idaho photos are close to the Garden Valley, Idaho photos. The photos of my hike into the Sawtooth Wilderness will be uploaded last. So photos aren’t in chronological order in this photo set.

[“Idaho for the Curious” by Cort Conley]
Excerpts from Conley’s fine book of the roadside history of the state of Idaho:


“This was the first camp encountered by miners and freighters who entered the Boise Basin via the Payette River and Harris Creek. Because of the advantageous location, the settlement grew rapidly – to 3,200 by September 1863”.

“Gradually, Placerville’s fortunes diminished. The population at present would not fill a jury box. The Magnolia Saloon, once a fancy bar, contains the Henrietta Penrod Museum.”

“The community cemetery is one mile south of Placerville. It shelters a grave with a stout yellow pine growing at each corner. The small concrete slab carries this inscription: ‘Fiddler’s murdered in Ophir Creek’.”

“Two fiddlers played for a dance at Placerville; the next day they walked toward Centerville to fiddle at that camp’s dance. En route they apparently stumbled upon the murder of a miner who had been carrying gold. The murder then killed the fiddlers. When the three bodies were discovered, the whole Basin was outraged.” Conley then goes into more detail of the search for the culprit. In the end he states: “No one was ever indicted for the murder of the fiddlers”.

QUARTZBURG, IDAHO (The town painted over on the road sign in Placerville, Idaho)

“3 miles northwest of the Placerville intersection at Ophir and Granite Creeks. IN 1864 W.W. Raymond set up a ten-stamp mill on Granite Creek and developed the Gold Hill claim. This mine propped the camp for several decades. A forest fire in 1931 destroyed all but one building. Quartzburg is dead as last year’s leaves among the tailing dumps.”

“This sleepy little town, with its grid four blocks by four, was once larger than Portland. It was, in fact, the largest town in the Pacific Northwest. In August, 1862, a prospecting party with Moses Splawn, Dave Fogus, and George Grames discovered placer gold seven miles northwest of what is now Idaho City. Grimes was shot, perhaps by Indians, and the party returned to Walla Walla. Their news made the area, known as Boise Basin (eighteen miles square), the scene of the biggest gold rush since California’s Mother Lode.” Conley continues with the rich and colorful history of the town and the miner’s who made it.

To read "The full Story" that goes with these photos, please open the "Sawtooth Trip Sept 2009" photo set folder and read the narrative contained within. Thank you. OMT
UPDATE: June of 2010 I received a comment from a flickr member, who at one time lived in Placerville. Since the story they told was so interesting to me, I thought I would paste their comment on all of my Placerville photos, so here it is:

try it again sam says:

A long time ago I lived in Placerville. (left in 1958-59). Dad worked at the saw mill on the hill out side of town. Population at that time was 15, 10 adults and 5 kids. Myself 3 brothers and one little girl.

I can still remember

glass cat measure gold commerce of souls divers weights just ephah girl pussy beaver

glass cat measure  gold commerce of souls divers weights just ephah girl pussy beaver
I think I’ll just put the sentence about selling the cat and take all the rest over to my draft file.The Ashmolean Museum, Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings. I wasn’t going to write anything for this one but I took some notes from Hugh Nibley’s collection of essays, "Approaching Zion". I guess I didn’t get the title of the essay. (It’s "Law of Consecration") The black and whites attacked very violently for this particular string of pics and showed me a vignette at Smith’s with this very girl in it. (It was a dark-skinned female child in a long cotton dress. She was sitting in a shopping cart with her legs situated in a way that one inclined to imaginecsuch things could almost see the inside of a thigh like in this one.) Brother Nibley laments the immoral commercialism of our day: (There is line in which he questions the use of the term "freedom"? you should find it again. I couldn’t find it but there is a paragraph in which he says that Brigham Young often used the term "decoy" to describe a trap laid out by Satan to lure a righteous man away from a righteous goal. I made up this sentence which I think is something like the one I read yesterday. "Satan uses freedom as a decoy to draw us away from our—freedom" This fits the point I tried to make about how when undertaking an intimate relationship under the holy ordinance of marriage, a man and wife should make sure it’s not an intimate relationship of some other kind. I spent all day reading this essay and another, "Work We Must, But Lunch Is Free". Brother Nibley is very complicated and of course using Biblical scripture always suggests a lot of interrelated ideas so I was in way over my head. I didn’t to come to the computers because they’ve been giving me such a hard time. A cougher just punctuated what I said. I read the book in the special collections reading room. I don’t know why this and a lot of other books are kept in this area. I very nasty, cold and argmetative police woman told me they kept all Western American books there regardless of whether they are rare or not. This Professor Nibley book isn’t Western Americana, I don’t think. She forced me to move to another chair yesterday. I don’t know why. Both this and the Western Americana book I looked at had to be retrieved from ARC but I can’t think of why either would be stored there. They seem more like general collection books. ARC is for government documents and that makes sense ine terms of saving room, I think, but the old Dewey Decimal books are there and that must be for the same hard to see reason as the Western Americana. They had a youngish female cougher who looked like she could be one of Suzanne’s nieces. The thought kept occurring to me that Mark had taken a course from Hugh Nibley and aced an essay written on this particular piece, The Law of Consecration", I mean. I was always afraid to take classes from professors as erudite and famous as Hugh Nibley and I remember talking to Mark about it. Anyway, it didn’t bother me 2 much since the idea is quite a simple and obvious one and not as obviously the property of someone else like all these feminine divine ones I keep following or ((((the cougher just punctuated this. This coughing commentator has been a constant here in the "guest section" for years. I don’t check very often, but he has usually been persons when I have looked. The had the grinner (I think I mean the computer specialist who a few times wore the black, ankle length trench coat with the broad duster like a cape covering the shoulders I have described but who frequently changes his persona and who seems to be the one who monitors my work and disables my word processor and so-on walk by grinning at a plastic grocery sack he was holding in front of himself with hands gripping the separate handle loops. I suspected it held a to-go lunch from the "cafe". I was walking to get a Little Debbie’s cookie at the bookstore. They often play out such vignettes in exaggerated or distorted forms. I think it is just to keep me confused and disoriented with regard to thing like the "cafe" they have installed in the main lobby and which I have written disapprovingly of and not to encourage me to some form of behavior which they desire of me. They seldom if ever allow me to run a simple errand like this in peace.They almost always set up some kind of flash mob that moves all around me starting as I get up to go. I think the confection I bought there, (in Mom’s Cafe, the lobby cafe in the library) the other day ( a year or two ago) is what had the headache, (hangover) chemical they gave me. I was sick (I mean with the trembling, weak, headachy, listless, nauseous feeling I have described before, like an alcohol hangover. Its a drug they give alcoholics to increase the discomfort of a hangover.) for about 24 hours and didn’t feel very well this morning either. Sharon talked about
gold panning equipment

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