Category Archives: Geology


While walking through the Sumpter Valley, rock lovers, and non-rock lovers alike have the wonderful opportunity to see lots of beautiful rocks strewn across the landscape. In my experience you may not find something to be beautiful until you know … Continue reading

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In The Beginning

Can anyone believe the summer is just about over? It seems just yesterday I was driving into Sumpter for the first time. The season has gone so quickly, but we still have a few weeks left. As my time in … Continue reading

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The Gold That Got Away

There is still gold in them thar hills! The dredge utilized a form of placer mining: which means that it used water to wash the soil to separate the gold. Since only small materials (less than ¾” in diameter) were … Continue reading

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