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Panning for Gold in Vermont

Gold can be found in many of the streams and rivers of Vermont.

As the price of gold continues to climb, more and more people are flocking to the rivers and streams of the western states in order to find gold.  However, what they might not realize is that there are many states in the east as well as the central United States that bear gold.

I want to focus our attention on the state of Vermont.  After some considerable research into the state, I have uncovered some very interesting, and maybe not so well know facts.  For instance did  you know that our former President, Calvin Coolidge was an avid gold prospector.  He did a lot of his prospecting right in the town where he was born.  Plymouth Vermont. 

There was even a gold rush in Vermont in the 1850’s-1880’s.  This primarily took place in Bridgewater-Plymouth areas of Windsor county.  There are several dozen mine’s and test shafts that have been abondoned throughout this area. According to a local in the area, “The largest Vermont gold mines were the Rooks Mine, the Dailey Hollow Gold Mine, the Quttaquechee Mine, the T-Gold Mine and the Taggart-Fagneau Mine.”

At current prices, a few ounces of gold could make a man very happy.  Below is a list of several streams and rivers that are known to contain gold:

-  Ottauquechee River (Windsor City)          

-  Rock River (Newfane and Dover)

-  Williams River (Ludlow)

-  Minister Brook (Worchester)                              

-  Little River (Stowe & Waterbury)

-  Gold Brook (Stowe)  See Indian Joe Story!

-  Missiquoi River (Lowell, Troy)

-  White River (Stockbridge & Rochester)

-  West River (Jamaica & Towsend)

-  Mad River (Moretown, Warren & Waitsfield)

-  Shady Hill Brook (Wrightsville)

-  Gihon River (Eden)

-  Lamoille Rivver (Johnson)

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