California alluvial gold fever, then and now

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This (slow-loading) US article about present-day panners working California rivers and the backstory of the historic 1848-56 goldrush days in that region, is a good read for those interested in such topics.

Australians too, travelled across the Pacific to join the US West Coast goldrush and some returnees, with newly-gained experience of gold district geology, prospecting/mining techniques and equipment, were among the forerunners of Australia's own gold-mining boom from the mid-1850's onwards.

Placer miners continue to pan Sierra streams, gripped by the same gold fever that shaped California:
 

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