urban prospecting


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Last fall I was driving by a construction site in our little town of Silverthorne. The site is a block west of the main highway through town and therefore about three blocks from the Blue River. The construction was for a new microbrewery and I noticed a big pile of […]

Silverthorne is built on a Placer Deposit


Cherry Creek was one of the first places early prospectors found gold in Colorado. In 1858 William “Green” Russell and his party even briefly set up the gold camp of Russellville south of the modern town of Parker on Cherry Creek. They moved on toward Denver fairly quickly looking for […]

Cherry Creek prospecting tips


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Digging in the city means participating in recreational gold prospecting as a guest of a local government, parks & rec district or similar organization. While the tools of prospecting are the same (shovel, pan and sluice, maybe an electric highbanker like the Gold Cube), the process of finding a spot […]

Finding spots to dig in town (metro Denver)



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The gold in metro Denver is in almost every waterway big enough to have a name. In the early days of the gold rush this was confusing and frustrating for the first American prospectors. They found gold way out southeast in Elbert County, due south of what’s now Denver in […]

So where did all this gold come from anyway?


Exit 210C off of northbound I-25 in downtown Denver drops you right into Crescent Park on the east side of the highway. Driving a few yards south, you’ll see parking next to the South Platte river. Walk straight to the river and you’ll find yourself on the cobble bar. From […]

Mile High Bar prospecting tips