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7 Places In Nevada Where You Can Still Pan For Gold And Silver

Panning for gold or silver is a type of traditional, placer mining where gold or silver ore is extracted from a placer deposit using a pan. This method is among the simplest and is quite popular with geology enthusiasts because it is fairly inexpensive and easy to do. Placer mining originated in ancient Rome and was quickly usurped by other methods such as the rocker box for commercial gold and silver mining; however, panning remains a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Even though Nevada is known as “the Silver State,” it produces nearly two-thirds of the country’s gold. In fact, some of the largest gold nuggets in North America have been found in Nevada.

Have you panned for gold or silver in one of these Nevada locations? Did you have any luck? Please share your thoughts and experiences below.

Natalie Faulk
Natalie Faulk is a freelance writer, poet, blogger, educator, and the author of several books including a number of poetry collections and her most recent The Downfall of American Corrections (which are all available on Amazon). She is also a regular contributor to Football Nation and BlogMutt. In her spare time (which is ample thanks to her chronic insomnia), Natalie enjoys poker, movies, and cooking.