Colorado experiencing a ‘weekend-only’ gold rush

Driven by several recent Discovery Channel shows dedicated to prospecting and steady gold prices, weekend placers — how they like calling themselves — have been wading into the state of Colorado's streams in numbers never seen before.

Most people know of the California gold rush and the historic 49'ers, but few are aware of the fact that Colorado also has a very storied gold rush of its own. Placer was actually discovered in the region in 1849 and 1850 by prospectors heading to the California gold rush. reports that the area is attracting an ever growing number of prospecting clubs, to the point that some counties are contemplating adding, at least for a while, minerals to the list of effects people can't harvest from county property. That list already includes American Indian artifacts and some vegetation.


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