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Old 08-17-2005, 07:23 AM   #1
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Panning for gold

Is there a place to pan for gold? I thought that this would be a interesting histroy lesson for my children and be able to show the what it was all about.

Plus I thought it would be interesting myself.
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Old 08-17-2005, 08:52 AM   #2
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I can remember panning for gold as a child - but can't remember where we were.

Maybe farther out west???
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Old 08-17-2005, 10:36 AM   #3
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Didn't SDC a couple years ago have a place where you could mine for gem stones....wasn't gold but stones. I know Dollywood has this. Wasnt' the true experience of panning in the west...but still fun.

If your wanting to mine for gold Colorado has many different places. It's fun and addicting....I've come home with a couple little pieces. Also, a couple places in South Dakota you can mine for gold.
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Old 08-17-2005, 10:44 AM   #4
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sdc still has that, right up by the powederkeg ride.
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Old 10-27-2005, 12:58 PM   #5
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Talking Rocks Caverns

You can pan for gemstones at Talking Rocks Caverns in Branson West. Not sure how much, but say it there.
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Old 10-27-2005, 08:54 PM   #6
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You can pan for gemstones at Talking Rocks Caverns in Branson West. Not sure how much, but say it there.
That sounds like something fun for little boys to do!! I am going to check into that!!

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Old 10-29-2005, 04:56 PM   #7
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be careful there!

I've always been a big rock collector - especially crystals. I could have easily spent $100 there. lol

you have to go in the main entrance to purchase a bag (contains dirt, stones, sand, etc.) to use for panning. then you can go right back outside to a troff of flowing water to "Pan" out your prize! quite fun and the kid's will love it cause there's a 90% chance they get soaked out of the deal. It is definitely a memorable experience!

Hope it helps!
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Old 10-30-2005, 10:52 AM   #8
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Is there a place to pan for gold? I thought that this would be a interesting histroy lesson for my children and be able to show the what it was all about.

Plus I thought it would be interesting myself.
There are no "commercial" gold panning spots in town. As for panning in the "wide open spaces", you've got the wrong geology for gold around here.

You need more igneous rock not so much sedimentary. Around these parts about the only ore you will find is galena (lead ore). I am told, however, that there is some silver ore along with the galena, but no gold. Unfortunately, you can't pan for silver because it's not heavy enough.

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