Montana has been known for the abundance of precious metals and minerals found in Montana land. Montana gold has been mined for many years from large companies as well as individuals during the gold rush and even today.
Montana Gold Mining History
Gold was found in Butte, Helena and many other areas in the 1800’s. Hydraulic mining for gold was happening in Montana by the 1870’s. Around the same time came the railroad in to Montana.
Montana Gold Panning
Even today, Some Montana land and streams hold fair amounts of Montana gold for the gold prospecting enthusiast. Gold panning is a great past time for many Montanans and vacationers alike.
How to Gold Pan
Gold panning in Montana is really quite easy. First find some good gold bearing material, and place it in the pan. Don’t fill the gold pan too much as you need to slosh water and break down the material. Massage the mix in the gold pan, working the finer material and toss the large rocks aside.
Continue to toss the larger rocks from the gold pan. As the gold pan is getting lighter, begin to slosh the material in a circular motion. Keep adding water and sifting the larger material out of the gold pan. Keep working the gold bearing material down until you are left with fines and small gravels.
Use the ribbed side of the gold pan to sift out everything but the super fine and heaviest of pieces. If you took your time and thoroughly worked and graded the material in the gold pan, you should be left with at least a few gold flakes.
Montana Gold Panning Supplies
Montana Gold Prospecting Books
Always Protect Montana Waters when Gold Panning
Montana has some of the most pristine waterways, therefore, great care must be taken while finding a place to mine for Montana gold. There are many public mining areas in Montana available for panning that are free and fun for the whole family.
Did you know?…Gold is one of the heaviest of metals and also one of the most malleable?