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Sacramento County, California

Among the leading gold-producing counties, Sacramento County produced over 6 million ounces of placer gold and 5,000 ounces of lode gold between 1880 and 1959.


Along the Cosumnes River, stream and terrace gravels contain placer gold. The general area is south of the Cosumnes River in sand and gravel pits, and regional tributary streams and ancient channels contain placer gold. Near Folsom, the center of intensive bucket line and dragline operations had many area placer mining operations and drift mines, mostly opened before 1930, with district production of about 3,000,000 ounces of placer gold. Sloughhouse district, along the Cosumnes River in township 7N range 7E, had a total production of 1,700,000 ounces of placer gold produced by early hydraulic methods and dredging during the 1930s. In addition, many area stream gravel deposits contain placer gold.

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