The Desert Gold Diggers is a club devoted to all aspects of small scale mining, including panning, sluicing, drywashing, and metal detecting. In addition to promoting small scale prospecting, the club exchanges ideas and information on the various aspects of prospecting & mining.
In 1982, at the suggestion of George “Buzzard” Massie, founder of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, a small group of people interested in small scale prospecting met in Tucson, Arizona to form the Desert Gold Diggers. The club at that time comprised 23 members. Its membership currently totals over 500+ families.
Over the years, the Desert Gold Diggers has changed and expanded in many ways. The club has obtained numerous unpatented mining claims where members can dig for gold at their leisure and keep all the gold they find without fear of working on unauthorized ground. Monthly outings scheduled on the claims provide an opportunity for those who are experienced to share their knowledge with novice gold hunters.
Additionally these outings are planned to give members a chance to dig for gold together as well as to socialize and exchange ideas about prospecting, mining, equipment and tools that can be used. Searching for gold can be an exciting and vigorous experience for the whole family.
The Desert Gold Diggers’ main objective is to enhance this experience for those who wish to take part in Arizona’s heritage, network with other prospectors, enjoy the great outdoors, and maybe just find some of that nice “Yellow” stuff.
Throughout the year, the club sponsors a family picnic, several overnight outings, an annual 1/2 oz. Nugget Raffle, an October steak fry, and a Christmas party to provide its members opportunities to socialize with friends and to network with other local gold hunters. The Desert Gold Diggers carries on a continuing dialog with the National Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to enhance small scale prospecting in southern Arizona as well as to provide a conscientious caretaking of the environment.
Monthly meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Elli Town Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 Ruthrauff Road, unless otherwise designated by previous announcement. Generally, the meeting consists of a guest speaker on topics about gold prospecting and mining, as well as related topics on the region, local history and environment, followed by a business section. Nugget raffles are held at the close of the meeting.
The Gold Diggers Gazette is published Bi-monthly and contains information about the monthly meetings and outings as well as activities, current news about members and coming events.
Now that you have taken time to read about our club we welcome you to visit us at our next meeting. Again, our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, at 6:00 p.m., at Elli Town Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 Ruthrauff Road, Tucson, Arizona. Families are always welcome!