Panning for Gold in New Mexico

    The state of New Mexico was at one time number seven of the largest gold producing areas of the west part of the states. Panning for gold in New Mexico has been successful given that it has over thirty placer gold districts as well as a good number of lode districts in it. The gold deposits that have been worked on in this area have been around since the early days of the Indians. As a matter a fact, the gold ornaments that the Indians wore and that were seen by an early explorer was what initiated the Spanish invasion of the region. There was a soldier that had fled and then went back to Mexico and who told stories of the gold and that they should get a large expedition together to find where the gold was coming from. He was never able to find the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola while he was on his expedition in 1540 however, it is known that the Spanish settlers mined the deposits until the ending of the 1600’s until a uprising of the Indians caused them to have to stop. In 1828 the more modern production of gold was discovered in the Ortiz Mountains. Later one more finds were still made even in 1908 when the finding of the placer deposits at Sylvanite caused a little gold rush to occur in the area. A good amount of gold is still out there to be found given the fact that the early miners did not have the right type of equipment and lacked water in most of the places they went to. Panning for gold in New Mexico has proven to be an entertaining activity the family can enjoy together and many of the towns have old buildings that date back to the 1800’s and have been restored and decorated with the original artefacts and memorabilia. There are many famous and well known of treasure tales that have been told about New Mexico. As with many lost treasure tales a lot of the stories told are about lost mines or hidden silver and gold. The tales that are told about the New Mexico region reach back to the beginning of the 1600’s and continue on until the twentieth century.