Gold Panning & Mining in Sierra County
Sierra County's history is tied to that of the California gold rush. While prior to the discovery of gold the county was the home to both Maidu and Washoe Indians, it was the discovery of gold and subsequent gold rush that saw some 16,000 miners settle within the county between 1848 and 1860.
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at gold panning. Almost everywhere you turn in Sierra County you will find a rich history of gold discovery. You can have your own gold adventure on any level here. Whether it’s visiting historic sites, finding your own gold on the river, or staking your own claim. Remember to check with local authorities and/or the Bureau of Land Management before prospecting or mining anywhere to be sure you are not on a private gold claim. Explore the Original Sixteen to One Mine and Museum.