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Finding Gold in Arizona

Gold is found everywhere in Arizona along with other valuable minerals. The Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains is the most famous lost mine in the United States.

Arizona like many of the other Western States is amply supplied with gold. No matter where you go in the state you're not too far from a gold deposit. But the prospector has available is both placer or and lode gold. That is not all the mineral wealth you can find an Arizona.

There are several very active prospecting club's in Arizona that if you don't want to join one it least they have a lot of information about where to go prospecting. The state also has been active here you can find some other sources of further information. By going through some old issues of newspapers you'll also find places where gold has been produced in the past.

Another place to search is near old gold producing areas and mines. There is a saying among the old-time prospectors but sometimes the best deposits are found right under the shadow of the head-frame of an existing mine.

One of the most famous lost mines in the United States is the lost Dutchman's mine of the superstition Mountains near Phoenix. Many a person has gone searching for this mine, and many of them have paid for their efforts with their lives.

Not only does Arizona produce gold but it also produces copper and silver. Some of the most important mines for these minerals are found near Bisbee. Another important silver mine was near tombstone.

The other mineral products that are of interest to prospectors are the numerous gemstones that are found in Arizona. These include agate, jasper, petrified wood, and turquoise. Concerning the use of turquoise a very active industry exists in the state producing silver and turquoise jewelry. Most of this is produced by Native Americans, and many of the pieces are traditional in their respective tribes.

Not only does Arizona have a great many minerals to collect and also as a very vivid, rip roaring history. This is well examplefied by tombstone the town too tough to die. This is where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Earp brothers had a shootout at the Okay Corral with the Clantons. Among the other things that Wyatt Earp did during his lifetime was prospecting for gold.

There are still plenty of places in Arizona where you can find gold or other minerals of value. All you have to do is go out and look.

References:

Arizona Gold Prospectors, http://www.arizonagoldprospectors.com/

Minerals of Arizona, http://www.thenaturalamerican.com/gems_and_minerals_in_az.htm

Arizona Turquoise, http://www.indianvillage.com/arizonaturquoisemines.htm

Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, http://www.admmr.state.az.us/Publications/

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