Chapter History:With so many great places to go for gold in Colorado, it was an easy decision to start a local chapter of the GPAA in Colorado Springs. The biggest challenges were how and where to do so. After a call to GPAA headquarters in Temecula, CA the paperwork was soon in my mailbox, and the UPS guy was bringing boxes of goodies. This solved the "how" part of the challenge.
Now, as for the challenge of "where" to hold our meetings the biggest dilemma was not knowing how large a place we would need. Our first meeting was held September 6, 2006, in the employee lunch room at the Toyota Dealership in Colorado Springs. However, with a maximum capacity of 40 people, we quickly out grew this location. In December 2006, we moved our meeting location to the Las Palmitas Mexican Restaurant on the north side of Colorado Springs. This was a great location for many years while the club matured; however, again we out grew the facilities and had to find a new venue. In August 2015, we moved to Fountain, CO, just 12 miles south on Interstate 25.
Our new location is in the Headquarter of the Salvation Army of Fountain Valley, 901 N. Sante Fe Avenue; which offers a larger meeting room, digital projection facilities, indoor and outdoor areas for equipment demonstrations, and abundant parking.
While we maintain this page on the goldprospectors.org website, we also have our own website at www.cosgpaa.org, with additional information, including outing reports, photos, newsletters and more.
While there are great places to prospect in the Colorado high country, weather conditions change rapidly and scheduling outings is a challenge. We try to sponsor Chapter outings monthly between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Beginning in 2012, we have sponsored a joint Memorial Day Weekend outing with the Wichita, KS Chapter, to placer deposits along the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Leadville. At the 2015 outing, we had freezing temperatures, rain, hail, snow, high winds, and occasional sunshine. Even with the weather, we still had a turnout between both chapters and guests/visitor or about 40 hearty soles.