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Friday, October 14, 2016

New generation of gold prospectors brings its pans to New England - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

New generation of gold prospectors brings its pans to New England - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram:



“It’s no longer like a hobby for most of us. It’s become an obsession,” Illinski said. “It gives you a rush to know that people have been digging gold for 200 years and you found a piece they missed.”


Chris Hall uses a sluice box to pan for gold Sept. 4 in the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest.

“We worry that the federal government is going to come and say you can no longer use the land for these lands for that kind of thing,” he said. “That scares me more than anything — that all of sudden the land we pay taxes on, that belongs to us, will be taken away.”

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