They did find gold

“This area was initially discovered for its gold,” says Richter. “The typical technique back in those days was to look for rocky ledges that stood up above everything else; those were typically quartz veins. Gold likes to be in quartz veins. And they also would pan their way up drainages, until they could see some color in the pan and then they’d work that area pretty good. They’d continue up the drainage until they lost the color in the pan and then they knew they had gone past the site of the gold mineralization.”

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