About Tom Ashworth
Tom was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He started prospecting for gold in 1978 using a home built wooden sluice box and a gold pan. He didn’t know much about mining back then, but had a lot of fun and caught a very bad case of “GOLD FEVER”. In 1982, using a 3″ Keene gold dredge on the Gunnison River in Gunnison, Colorado, Tom got started dredging. That dredge was used for many years in some of Colorado’s and California’s best prospecting areas. Tom also dredged or prospected for gold in the following states; Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Washington. Tom’s motivation for this site was to try and help others, so they will enjoy prospecting and playing pool. Tom’s feeling is if we get people involved in our hobbies, then maybe it has a chance of survival.
After dredging for gold with his wife, Debra, at least 3 days a week in Oregon and California during the months of May, June, July, August and September, Tom has moved to Burnet, Texas and now spends much of his time playing pool. Tom takes vacations now that he is in his 60’s to gold prospect and help others learn from his years of experience. I’m sure we’ll see Tom and Debra on the “river” again in the future, but in the mean time look for him in your local pool hall.