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Calaveras County California

After placer gold discoveries in 1849 in Calaveras County, California, Miners opened rich lode veins in 1850 above the placer workings.  Placer gold production estimations at 2,415,000 ounces and lode gold at 2,045,700 ounces


The Calaveras River channel and all tributaries contain rich placers.  In the Table Mountain area, placers were also very rich.  Located at township 3N and Range 10E, along the Calaveras River, you will find the Jenny Lind district, which had large-scale dredge and dragline operations, with an estimated production of over 1,000,000 ounces of placer gold.


In the NW part of the county, the Camanche district had a total production estimated at 1,000,000 ounces.  Along the Mokelumne River, huge, bucket-type dredge operations with rich placer gold.  Campo Seco district, located at township 4N and 5N and range 10E, in the northwest part of the county, had a total production of around 70,000 ounces.  All the area tributary stream gravels contain rich placers.  You will also find the Pern Mine.  It was primarily a copper mine with a rich by-product of gold.  Mokelumne Hill district is located at township 5N range 11E.  South of the Mokelumne Hill 2 miles, you will find the Eclipse, Infernal, and other mines that were large producers of lode gold.


Angeles Camp had many area mines.  The Keystone, Lancha Plana, and Union mines were gold mines with a by-product of copper.  The Utica and Gold Cliff mines were major producers of lode gold.  Melone's districts contained over 800 lode mines.  Carson Hill was the most productive area and included many mines with rich lode gold deposits.  The Sheep Ranch Mine was a huge producer of lode gold.  The Royal Mine was also a large producer of lode gold, with over 10,000 ounces of production.

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