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Alabama’s gold rush has long passed, but George Holmes has fun, and success, panning for what’s left

| September 27, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

By: Joseph Allen

It was a hot summer day at Camp Sequoyah in Delta, Alabama, when George Holmes first got gold fever.

A scoutmaster for more than 20 years, he was leading his Boy Scouts troop when he first noticed there was a merit badge for gold-panning. He became interested and took a gold-panning class.

“I spent an entire day trying to gold pan and I didn’t find anything,” said Holmes, a critical systems technician for Alabama Power. Or so he thought – until he brought his pan back to the instructor for a look.

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