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Gold prospectors return to California

Adam Pike, News Editor
31 Mar 2014, 11:04 a.m.

A mini gold rush has started in California as previously unexplored riverbeds have become accessible following record droughts. Record numbers of amateur prospectors are flocking to the Sierra Nevada foothills, just miles from the original site of California’s gold rush in the mid-1800s.

"With the drought going on, we're able to dig in more locations that wouldn't be accessible at later times" said Tim Amavisca, an amateur prospector panning the Bear River.

As the water receded, old cars, trains, railroad tracks, tunnels and Indian villages have re-emerged, painting a picture of the original gold rush.

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