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Amador County California | Tom Ashworth's Prospectors Cache
  • Latitude: 38.446064
  • Longitude: -120.65176
  • TOWNSHIP, RANGE, SECTION: None
  • LODE OR PLACER: Both
  • CITIES: Volcano
  • MINES: Kennedy Mine, Argonaut Mine, Keystone Mine
  • WATERWAYS FOR PLACERS: Big Indian Creek, Cosumnes River, Jackson Creek, Middle Fork of The Mokelumne River, North Fork of the Mokelumne River, South Fork of the Mokelumne River

AMADOR COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Amador County was the most productive of “The Mother Lode” counties. This county produced approximately 6,500,000 ounces of placer gold and 7,700,000 ounces of lode gold. Mining continues today. The richest area in this county is about 1 mile wide across the west central part of the county from the south to the north. The Old Eureka Mine had the deepest shaft in America at 1,3500 feet deep and it was the largest producer in the mother lode in the early days. The Kennedy, Argonaut and Keystone Mines were also large gold mines in the same area.


BIG INDIAN CREEK


Sizable dredging and drift operations between 1850 – 1950 produced about 100,000 ounces of placer gold near Fiddletown along Indian Gulch which goes into Big Indian Creek. Big Indian Creek is said to contain placer gold in large quantities. Around the Plymouth area is said to be rich.


COSUMNES RIVER


Close to the town of Plymouth, in the west central part of the county there were many placer operations that produced tens of thousands of ounces of placer gold. The Loafer Hill mine, near Oleta, had several small gravel deposits that produced well.


JACKSON CREEK


Near the town of Jackson, you will find the Gwin Mine, it produced lode gold in masses of crystallized arsenopyrite. These are great specimens. Jackson Creek reportedly contains placer gold.


MIDDLE FORK OF THE MOKELUMNE RIVER


Hydraulic operations were located on this river that produced considerable placer gold.


NORTH FORK OF THE MOKELUMNE RIVER


Hydraulic operations were located on this river that produced considerable placer gold. Near Volcano in the west central part of the county around Jackson Gulch and Ranchero Gulch there were some very rich placer deposits.


SOUTH FORK OF THE MOKELUMNE RIVER


Hydraulic operations were located on this river that produced considerable placer gold.


CATEGORY TAGS: Gold Location
TAXONOMY TAGS: Amador County California, Amador County California Gold Locations
STATE TAGS: Amador, California