Friday, November 02, 2007

RVers Search for Nature's 'Slot Machine'

"People have been interested in gold for thousands of years," says Loye Blackburn, who sells prospecting equipment next to his RV in Stanton, a former boomtown that is now a privately owned campsite about a dozen miles north of Wickenburg. "There's just something about it. You get out there and find a few flakes of gold and it gets pretty exciting."

Bob Truppa tells of friends who've found nuggets they've sold for $10,000. And he notes that the Bradshaw Mountains, the heart of Arizona's gold country, are about 40 miles long and nearly 25 miles wide.

"That's a lot of real estate. Gold is out there; it's not all gone," he says.

Truppa, a full-time RVer, spends his winters in Stanton, a hot spot for Arizona prospectors.
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