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RICH HILL   by Gary Bain

Rich Hill is in Yavapai County in the central part of Arizona. The area is rich in history and placers at Rich Hill were first discovered by Union soldiers in 1862. Gold bearing quartz veins seem to be the source of most of the placer gold. Gold has been found on the sides of the hills, in the channels and benches as well as the gravel mesas that lie between the washes.

It has been reported that in the early 1860's Indians led the Weaver and Peeples party to where they said there was much gold. The party camped at the base of Rich Hill and supposedly a Mexican, while looking for their strayed animals discovered nuggets on the top of Rich Hill. That discovery led to the finding of more placer deposits in the area of Weaver and Antelope Creeks. Over the next few years this area was the scene of intense activity and a sizeable amount of gold was pulled from the area.

In recent years, with the advent of the popularity of searching old sights with metal detectors Rich Hill has become a haven for detectorists. Inefficient techniques of mining in the old days left many a nugget in the tailings and in other areas of the mines. Many sizeable nuggets have been found and are being found to this day. As it has been said, if you want to find gold, go where gold has been found!!

Elly Loftin has about 600 acres of claims on and around Rich Hill and has been working or leasing these claims for over twenty years. She seems to enjoy watching others make their finds and takes great pleasure in seeing other folks find nuggets. You would be hard pressed to find a better person than Elly to share the experience with of hunting for gold .

Elly should have a web site up and running soon. When completed you may view it at: www.arizonamoments.com

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