San Bernardino County California
San Bernardino is the largest county in the United States and has many mines scattered throughout its desert and mountain ranges. Although some placer deposits were worked in the early 1850s, most of the recorded production of 517,000 gold ounces through 1959 came from lode mines and as a by-product of other base metal mines. South of Ludlow, 7 miles, in township 6N and 7N and range 8E, you will find the Stedman district, the Bagdad Mine, discovered in 1903, with 150,000 ounces of lode gold. Southwest of Needles by 36 miles on U.S. Highway 95 to a westward trending road in the Turtle Mountains, at Carson Wells, you will find the Lost Arch Mine, which produced lode gold. West of Oro Grande, by 5 miles, you will find the Silver Mountain district, area silver mines had a by-product of lode gold. The Black Diamond Mine produced gold, copper, and silver. Northeast of San Bernardino by 20-25 miles, in townships 2N and 3N and ranges 1, 2, and 3E, you will find the Holcomb district, which had a total production of 400,000 ounces of placer gold and 54,500 ounces of lode gold. The Ozier Mine has been a major producer since 1850 for lode gold. In Holcomb Valley, many area-rich placer deposits were located in the 1860s, producing about 340,000 ounces of gold. Also, in many valley area mines, mostly abandoned, now you can find lode gold. Southeast of Twenty-Nine Palms by 15 miles, in township 1S and range 11E and 12E, you will find the Dale district, which had the Brooklyn Mine, which opened in 1893 and had a total production of 63,500 ounces of lode gold. Southeast of Victorville, by 30 miles, you will find the Wild Rose Group of claims that produced lode gold in tremolite.