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    Apr 2010
    West Virginia
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    Gold in West virginia?

    Just thought I would post this for someone who knows. I just got into panning and knew a place a few minutes from my house on the Ohio river where I had seen some black sand on the bank before. I went and shoveled a bucket from the beach with black sand and a bucket from a bank wash out that had river gravel and some quartz(maybe) looking stuff in it. I got home and started panning and nothing at all in the beach sand but the gravel sand was a different story. I couldn't believe it, it was a very little amount out of a 5 gallon bucket but it is gold. Everything i've read about WV says there are no known gold found in WV and that the glacier deposits went around WV. Is there anyone here from WV that has found gold also? and if I found these little tiny pieces does that mean in all probability I won't find any pickers or is it worth trying to pan some more? It's so funny, everyone around here thinks i'm crazy, I can sit out there all day and pan till my hearts contenet LOL and not think anything about it.
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  3. #2
    us
    Oct 2007
    South Carolina
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    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    It is very likely that the gold you have found is glacial gold since the Ohio River runs along the border of Ohio and West Virgina and also down from Pennsylvania, there are glacial deposits in both Ohio and Pennsylvania and most of the tributaries in these glacial deposits would be draining into the Ohio River bringing some gold along to the river and some fine gold would very likely be migrating downstream.


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    da book worm--researcher

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    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    if you have found a secert gold spot -- SHUT UP ALREADY !!! blabbing about just makes for "competitors" to horn in on your action -- keep very quiet about it --tell no one of your "find"-- milk that baby for all shes worth . --these are words for the wise to live by as far as "gold panning" goes.-- it is possible that you found some old time gold deposited long ago --if so get it while the getting is good --let them laugh now --you will laugh later when you cash in on it. --all the way to the bank --PS you got "nothing" TO PROVE TO ANYONE --OTHER THAN THE GOLD ASSAYER

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    Apr 2010
    West Virginia
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    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    I gotcha, i'm not saying a word to anyone but thought it was pretty cool to find some here. Thanks for the replies. I'm going to keep on panning, thought about making a sluice.

  6. #5

    Dec 2007
    18

    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    If you want to keep it a secret I wouldn't pan on site. Find the gold layer and fill up some 5 gal. buckets to take home and pan on the back porch. If people see you panning at the site they'll get wise, but if they see you filling up buckets with sand they won't think anything of it. That's what I do anyway and never have any problems or curious people. Find out how fine your gold is and classify it at the river before you bring it home. If anyone does ask, you just tell them it's for your kid's sandbox. You'll have enough in one 5 gal. bucket to pan for quite a while. Have fun!

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    Apr 2010
    West Virginia
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    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    That's exactly what i've been doing is filling up five gallon buckets and taking it to the house. In and out in a half hour LOL.

  8. #7
    us
    Aug 2010
    Saint Albans WV
    5

    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    Quote Originally Posted by rob3273
    Just thought I would post this for someone who knows. I just got into panning and knew a place a few minutes from my house on the Ohio river where I had seen some black sand on the bank before. I went and shoveled a bucket from the beach with black sand and a bucket from a bank wash out that had river gravel and some quartz(maybe) looking stuff in it. I got home and started panning and nothing at all in the beach sand but the gravel sand was a different story. I couldn't believe it, it was a very little amount out of a 5 gallon bucket but it is gold. Everything i've read about WV says there are no known gold found in WV and that the glacier deposits went around WV. Is there anyone here from WV that has found gold also? and if I found these little tiny pieces does that mean in all probability I won't find any pickers or is it worth trying to pan some more? It's so funny, everyone around here thinks i'm crazy, I can sit out there all day and pan till my hearts contenet LOL and not think anything about it.
    Hi there
    I'm from Saint Albans,WV..I've found a few small colors in So.Charleston,like fly poops cut up.But gold none the less.....I've heard the Elk River carries small amounts of gold.Behind my house there is a cliff face of sandstone about 30 feet tall and you can see layers of round river washed quartz in layers about a foot thick.....Never know till I crush some of it though...
    BTW, I've got a 48" 12volt power sluice if u want a hand...LMK

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    us
    Aug 2010
    Saint Albans WV
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    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    Here is a link to a old NY Times article bout gold in WV..Hope it works
    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9B0DE0DD1738E533A25757C2A9639C94 679FD7CF

    If not,go to nytimes.com and do a search "the westvirginia gold fever".Its pretty good and worth at least a quick read....
    be sure to search from 1851 to present,it's a very old article..

  10. #9
    us
    Oct 2007
    South Carolina
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    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    James, your link didn't work for me so I did a search, here is a link to the search page of the NYT, not all of the items are for gold but there seems to be a few on the first page.....

    http://query.nytimes.com/search/quer...=23&year2=2010


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    us
    Oct 2010
    Morgantown Wv
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    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    Tom Massie Has Found Gold In Wv
    In Beckley County Sweet Small Flake And Speck Gold But Gold Cheers Tom

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    us
    Aug 2007
    Jeannette, PA (Westmoreland Co.)
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    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    Quote Originally Posted by james wv
    Here is a link to a old NY Times article bout gold in WV..Hope it works
    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9B0DE0DD1738E533A25757C2A9639C94 679FD7CF

    If not,go to nytimes.com and do a search "the westvirginia gold fever".Its pretty good and worth at least a quick read....
    be sure to search from 1851 to present,it's a very old article..
    http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive...DD405B8684F0D3

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    us
    Jun 2011
    1

    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    I find this interesting and have been wanting to get into finding anything i can and to do so with my boys. I have been searching for anything within a short drive of where I live but I dont want to work where someone else is working. I am in Huntington so I have a 3 state option but would really like to find something near home. Any ideas of any place in the tri-state area to find anything of interest?

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    gentleman joe

    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    Yes there is some Gold in West Virginia. I just started A chapter of the GPAA in Nitro WV. We meet the 2nd sat. at 2pm. The location is at BrandyWine Flea Market in Nitro,WV.We also treasure hunt ,gem,and metal detect .E-mail at GPAAWV@Yahoo.com Thanks Gentleman Joe

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    us
    Dec 2011
    Grantsville, WV
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    Re: Gold in West virginia?

    While a member of the Southwest Prospectors & Miners Assoc. in California, we had access to numerous claims in So. Cal and some of them were pretty remote so backpacking tools and other (lunch, of course) in was a pain.
    One of the most ungainly things was the sluice and several of the claims had very low water flow available.

    After gaining some experience and seeing that gold is naturally 'lazy' because of its density, I put together a sluice (well, several) weighing less than a pound each.
    I'll post one photo here but a .zip file with a half-dozen images showing detail can be had on request.

    We used these for years and never found gold more than 4-5 ripples down from the funnel so they are safe to use even in higher flow rates.
    One caveat; y'all remember 3 pound coffee cans?
    Ain't no more-

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    Nov 2012
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    Hi I know your post is about 2 years old, but have found any more color? Not asking where, just if you found any more? I love to do this sort of thing, but no one here in my area would even talk to anyone about? Thanks

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    apprentice prospector

    Jan 2013
    Grafton W.Va
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    Hello, i'm Chad and live in Grafton W.V, i've been in the GPAA for going on 3 years. I've been trying to pan some of my local streams but i'm not sure that i'm lookin in the rite places. I did find 1 little speck on the Ohio River in New Martensville while I was fishing but thats it so far. I heard there is color in the Elk River and Parsons River and thats not to far from me. I'm looking far someone or a few people to get to know and go try my hand at some prospecting,maybe we'd get lucky and find a good place or 2. My girlfriend and I are also planning a trip to either N.C,Georgia or a GPAA claim somewhere when the weather breaks. If anybody is interested in trying to find gold in W.VA and don't mind a little company you can get ahold of me.
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  18. #17
    us
    Oct 2010
    Morgantown Wv
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    Hey Chad
    BeliveIt Or Not Ive Found Some Color On Rt 7 From Morgantown Wv Going Towards Kingwood Like You Nothing Special That Would Make Me Spend All Day There But Just Maybe

    You Might Wanna Tag Along And Look For Some Lost Loot With Me But My Days Off Are Not Any Specific Days Just Random Picks So Hit Me Up And Well Talk a Bit On What Im Doing


    Mike

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    us
    Mar 2013
    SW, VA
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    There's been gold found panning the New River....

  20. #19

    May 2013
    2
    You may try looking in the shavers river I have found some fine gold and some gold imbedded in quartz the best bets of finding better gold is along the Ohio in feeder streams that have water falls or the eastern panhandle just remember look for small streams that drain large basins.

 

 

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