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Glossary of Mining Terms

Not sure what a 'drift' is? How about the word 'stope'? Check out our glossary to discover these words and more.

Gem Panning

These kids are panning for gems in place of gold panning.

In the early days, of course, they panned for gold. These days, we offer gem panning as a fun alternative to traditional gold panning. Gem panning is often more fun for kids because the gems stand out more than tiny gold flakes!

Everyone loves the chance to pan for gems and as in the old days, some get lucky!

Panning at the trough is available for $2.00 for an hour. Fee includes rental of pans.

Arrangements for Gem Panning can be made at Hattie's Gift Shop.

Our Gem Panning troughs are closed for the winter and will reopen on April 1, 2016.


  • Flake Fact

    Panning for garnets, amethysts and other semi-precious stones along with 'fools gold' is fun. You might even find gold!

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