Geology of Vermont
GOLD IN VERMONT
Excerpt from "Vermont Rockhounding" by Ethel Schuele.
"You're probably familiar with the famous California
Gold Rush, but how many know that one occurred in Vermont? Plymouth
(VT) farmers discovered placer gold in Broad Brook and for a time gave
up their farming to pan for gold. Canny Yankees that they were, they
soon calculated that they weren't really earning more money than they
had from farming, and the Vermont Gold Rush was over. Gold can still
be panned from Broad Brook today. In fact, many other Vermont streams
offer the energetic collector a chance to find some placer gold as a
return for a hard day's work. The locations include: Rock River in Newfane
and Dover; Williams River in Ludlow; Ottauquechee River in Bridgewater;
White River in Stockbridge and Rochester; Third Branch of the White
River in Braintree; Mad River in Warren, Waitsfield and Moretown; Shady
Rill Brook in Wrightsville; Minister Brook in Worcester; Little River
in Stowe and Waterbury; Gold Brook in Stowe; Lamoille River in Johnson;
Gihon River in Eden; and the Missisquoi River in Lowell and Troy".
Gold is distinguished from yellow sulphide, such as pyrite, primarily
by its higher specific gravity. Pyrite (FeS2) , often occurs as cubes,
and is more brittle, harder, and more brassy than gold.
(A) shall not operate suction dredges in any watercourse; (B) may operate sluice boxes in any watercourse, provided: (i) a request for approval to conduct mineral prospecting shall be filed with and approved by the secretary; and (ii) mineral prospecting shall not be conducted on private land without landowner permission, or on state land without permission from the secretary.
If you have questions, please contact the District
Environmental Office: Barry Cahoon, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation,
1229 Portland Street, Suite 201,
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819-2099: Tel: 802-751-0129; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a pamphlet with information on gold in Vermont
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