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Clay County Alabama

The Cragford District is located along the far east side of Clay County and the far west side of Randolph County.

There you will find the Grizzle Property.  This property has veins in quartz up to 30 feet deep, and you could find rich specimen ore near the surface.  The mine was famous for free milling gold.

The H. S. Bradley Land had prospects that contained free milling gold.

The Manning Placer consists of old gold diggings along tributaries of Crooked Creek, which were landmarks of the 1830s and 40s.  You will find thin quartz veins that produce placer and lode gold nearby.

The Farrar Property had a deep shaft, and crosscut tunnel worked before 1860 for lode gold.

The Morris Property contained ore in formation that was traceable 1 mile northeast to the Tallapoosa River.

The Tallapoosa River shoal sands show placer gold.

At Wildcat Hollow, the Teakle Property consisted of a deep shaft known as the Orum Pit, which produced lode gold.

Adjacent to Wildcat Hollow, the Bradford Fraction produced lode gold.

The Goldberg Mine was an open-cut, inclined pit with 6-15 inches thick veins that contained gold with antimony, copper, and traces of arsenic.

The W. D. Mitchell's Pine Hill Prospect was an 80-foot deep inclined shaft and pits along strike in ore body 14 ft. thick.

The Bradford Ridge Mine was the most extensively prospected in the district and was the site of a ten-stamp mill containing gold with some arsenopyrite.

Between forks of White Oak and Wesobulga creeks, you will find the Dawkins Property, the site of the old ten stamp mill and produced lode gold saved by amalgamation.

South of Erin, in gravel bars of Gold Mines Creek, you will find placer gold with sillimanite, pyrope garnets, and talc.

The Idaho district is located in the west part of the county.  Southwest of Idaho, you will find the pyrite mines and Hillabee Schist, which contain gold.

The Eley Mine, operated in 1899, contained lode gold.

The Chinca Pina Property was an open cut, inclined shaft, with several prospect holes, with the best panning in surface gravel contained placer gold.

The Haraldson Mine was an old mine.

The Alabama Gold and Mica Company Mine contained quartz veins in mica schists and was the site of 5 stamp mills.

The Harall Gold Mine was once a rich producer of lode gold.

The Shinker Mine was a minor lode gold deposit.   There were several area placer deposits, well worked in the early days.

The Idaho (Franklin) pits were an open cut to 60 ft. deep along the hillside, exposing graphite and garnet schists, with quartz stringers and free panning gold, and abundant garnets.

The Hobbs Pit was a shallow excavation with excellent panning.

The Laurel pits contained gold in decomposed granite and were also easy panning.

The Horn's Peak Mine was a well-developed mine with an old five-stamp mill.

The California Property was the site of 10 stamp mills and had gold obtainable by crushing and panning.  The Prospect Tunnel was opened for nonexistent copper, but 1930 assays said it was rich in lode gold.

The placers are said to be very rich south of Lineville in area streams emptying into Crooked Creek.

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