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Gold Prospecting

The Gold Rush may be over, but panning for gold is still very much alive in California. Deep in the Angeles National Forest, about an hour's drive from L.A., is a group of dedicated "gold diggers" who meticulously examine the San Gabriel River and pan for gold.

Even though much of California's gold is gone, many Angelenos believe otherwise.

Reporter Judy Muller interviews Bernie McGrath, a prospector who turned his life around after spending years hooked on heroin. McGrath is one of many regulars who work a stretch of the San Gabriel River, patiently gold prospecting with the hopes of finding flakes and nuggets of gold.

Featuring Interviews With:

  • Bernie McGrath, gold prospector

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