Our trip to the Crisson Gold mine was a great adventure. This was during the 'off season' in mid Dec, so we got there shortly after they opened and had the place to ourselve for a couple of hours. We opt'd to use a trommel and front end loader scoop of crushed ore. Let me explain the operation. The Crisson mine is an open pit mine somewhere nearby, where they collect the gold bearing quartz veins and bring it to the store/stamp mill/panning site. The ore is crushed with an historic stampmill where it ends up looking like a very coarse sand mixture. It is stored in a big pile where you select how much you want to pay for. You can select a pan, small bucket, large bucket, or a loader scoop! They also rent various equipment for you to use depending on the amount you buy. So, you never know how much gold is in the sand you get, but you are pretty much guaranteed to find some. It's alot of fun to spend an hour or two or all day. They also sell gemstone buckets you can search through. Scattered around the panning area are various pieces of historical gold mining equipment, really educational.
The store has a huge collection gold prospecting equipment such as: dredges, metal detectors, sluice boxes, etc. Too much stuff to mention. Since the ore they mine is from quartz veins, they select some pieces and have 'gold in quartz' jewelry made from it. If you haven't seen this, it is beautiful. To sum it up, the Crisson Gold Mine is fun for all ages any season of the year. You never know if you might find that that big nugget.
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