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Cochise County Arizona

Cochise County is third among Arizona's gold-producing counties in the quantity of gold produced. This county produced approximately 3 million ounces of gold between 1879, and now, more than half came as a by-product of the Bisbee copper ores, and only 1000 ounces of placer gold are included in the total.

In the Bisbee (Warren) district, you will find the Copper Queen, Calumet, and Denn copper mines which all had a by-product of gold. Go to the southeast 4 miles, in the upper part of Gold Gulch, and you will find many small placer deposits.

Dos Cabezas district, 18 miles southeast of Wilcox in the Dos Cabezas mountains, had many coppers, lead, and silver mines with a by-product of gold. In the vicinity, you will find the Dos Cabezas placers, 1901; all area arroyos and gulches, benches, and terraces produce placer gold in flat, ragged, rather coarse shapes. Go to the northwest 1.5 miles, and you will find the Le Roy Property, a lode gold mine with lead and silver. If you go north 2.5 miles, you will find the Dives (Bear Cave) Mine, the site of a 50-ton flotation mill built in 1934, which was a rich lode gold producer. Go east of the Dives, and the Gold Ridge (Casey) Mine was also a rich lode gold producer. Go northeast 2.75 miles; the Gold Prince (Murphy) Mine was also an area lode gold mine. Finally, at the north foot of the Dos Cabezas mountains, the Teviston placers, including all area gulches, can get nugget gold, which is often very coarse.

In the Gleeson area, which is all privately owned, the Gleeson placers can be found. These are dry wash placers with fine gold to medium size nuggets. In the gulch west of the Copper Belle Mine, you will discover placers worked in the 1930s with very coarse gold.

Near Hereford, southwest 12 miles and about 3 miles north of Mexico, in Ash Canyon in the southeast part of the Huachuca mountains, the Huachuca placers can be found along the canyon bottom for 3 miles.

Near Manzoro, south .75 miles northeast of the Dragoon mountains, the Golden Rule (Old Terrible) Mine was a rich lode gold mine.

East and West of Pearce Hill, area gravel deposits known as the Pearce placers were also very rich.

In the Tombstone district in the Tombstone Hills, primarily silver mines that produced 271,000 ounces of by-product gold between 1877 and 1932, south .5 miles, erratically distributed oxidized lead and silver deposits, locally rich placer, and free milling gold.

In the Turquoise district, 14 miles east of Tombstone, on the east side of the Dragoon mountains, and 18 miles north of Bisbee, there are numerous mines with gold finely distributed in slope gravels; this area had a total production between 1908-55, of 70,000 ounces.

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