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California Paydirt from the Cargo Muchacho Mountains

The Spanish were the first to discover the Cargo Muchacho gold back in 1780. That was before California was even established. "Cargo Muchacho" means Loaded Boy. Legend has it that two Spanish boys discovered gold here and came back to their camp with their pockets full of gold.

There are many gold mines in and around the Cargo Muchacho Mountains including the American Girl Mine, the Golden Cross Mine, the Hedges and Tumco Mines, the Padre Madre Mine and the Golden Bee. In 1914, Tumco was the 2nd largest gold mine in the US but the gold produced at the American Girl Mine eventually surpassed them all. We have taken many samples from this area and tested them for gold.

We found several areas which contained a promising amount of gold and finally came upon some exposed bedrock which holds a fair amount of gold and other heavy minerals.

We are very happy to have found this spot and are proud to offer you the opportunity to pan it out. Remember, we guarantee you will find gold!

Update 2/2/12: We are currently sold out of California Paydirt.

People buy gold mining concentrates from us because they know what they are getting. Most buy them to pan out the gold but others buy them to test their mining equipment whether it is a trommel, highbanker, sluice, dredge, recirculating sluice, mini sluice, blue bowl, shaker table, drywasher or automatic panning wheel like the Desert Fox or Miner's Wheel. Regardless of how you are going to get the gold out, you will be very pleased with what is in our concentrates.

I am known as Dakota Slim on several online prospecting forums. I have been prospection in the western states with my dog Nugget since 2004 and belong to several mining clubs. Through research and tips from other successful prospectors, I have been able to find gold and other valuable minerals in Arizona, California, Nevada and Idaho.

Nugget and I have given up many of the comforts most people enjoy but we love what we are doing. I find that being able to provide an authentic prospecting experience to those who otherwise couldn't do so is very rewarding. You can do yourself a favor and help us by buying a bag of our paydirt.

He is much bigger now but here is a photo of Nugget at 8 weeks...


Placer gold occurs in many areas in Arizona California, Idaho and Nevada. In some places a large reserve of placer gold still exists but the lack of a permanent water supply for conventional placer mining operations requires the use of expensive dry or semidry concentrating methods to recover the gold. That is why the gold is still here. We seek out those places and are continually checking them for gold. Panning is the last step and we save that for you.

Gold panning is a great indoor or outdoor recreation and fun for young and old. It is fairly easy to learn how to pan for gold but we recommend that you classify your material first and then pan over something that will catch any gold you accidentally wash out of the pan. Any old tub or plastic container will catch the water, gravel and any gold you spill.

We sell a lot of our paydirt in eBay. Click here to see our current listings. We guarantee there is real natural gold in each bag of paydirt we sell. You may find some other other heavy minerals like magnetite, hematite and silver but we are mainly out here to find gold.  

Here is some of our eBay feedback...

1/8/08 This is so much fun! I guess I have the fever now...:) Very fast shipping.

1/3/08 found lots of fine gold and a few flakes!!fast shipping

12/18/07 rapid shipping, lots of small gold and one small picker

12/18/07 good dirt! definitely a flash in the pan, first pan in fact. thanks

12/17/07 Test panned 0.5 pounds and found some good color Shipped quick

12/14/07 good seller more than fair on combined orders

12/3/07 Great seller, great merchandice, great price, fast delivery...thanks!

11/19/07 Superfast shipping. Found 3 nice pickers. Thanks

11/17/07 My gold wheel loves this paydirt! A+ product from an A+ ebay seller!

11/5/07 Very impressed! Best concentrate I've gotten by far. Best shipment, too. Thanks

10/30/07 Fast shipping and color in every pan! Thanks

10/29/07 Quick delivery, great fun panning, great communications A+++++++++++

10/22/07 Fast Shipper! --Exactly as described!! --FINE GOLD + PLUS +++

7/5/07 Very fast shipping, good color in first test pan. Highly recommended AAA

7/3/07 Transaction easily completed. Mostly small powder, 0.4 gram nugget.

6/11/07 Great transaction. Found good color. Thanks

4/29/07 Found gold in every pan. I'm happy with the total amount of gold I found.

4/18/07 Outstanding Gold and Seller. Safe and Fast Ship. Thanks a lot and God Bless

4/10/07 There is gold in this dirt! Only dirt to buy! Seller A++++++++++++++++++++++++

4/9/07 Great pay dirt. Thanks!

3/30/07 Delivered as advertised. Pretty gold.

3/27/07 Found gold pickers immediately! Good stuff! Cute dog that nugget is,he is GOLD!

3/26/07 Nice cons!! Found good color in just 2 spoonfuls!! I will be back for more!!!!!!

3/25/07 NICE GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WILL BY AGAIN =)

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