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Shasta County California

Between 1880 and 1959, Shasta County produced 2,033,000 ounces of gold, of which 375,472 ounces came from placers. Each summer finds many amateur and "pocket" gold hunters and dredgers working the county's streams.

Along the west-central border of the county in Deadwood, the district is French Gulch. It had a total production of 128,000 ounces, between 1848-1959, mostly from lode mines along Clear Creek, which were also the earliest placer discoveries. The Washington Mine was discovered in 1852 and was a lode gold producer. The Greenhorn Mine, in section 33, township 37N and range 5W, was a copper mine with a by-product of gold.

In the Southwest corner of the county, you will find Platina, located in the Harrison Gulch district. The Midas Mine was discovered in 1894 and destroyed by fire in 1914 after producing more than 20,000 ounces of lode gold.

West of Redding 4 miles, the Silver King Mine was a silver mine with a by-product of gold. Southwest of Redding by 10 miles, in township 31N range 6W, you will find the Igo district, along Clear Creek, the placers produced 115,022 ounces of gold, primarily 1933-42, with minor amounts since. Northwest of Redding by 20 miles, The West Shasta district had a copper-zinc, gold production, 520,000 ounces. In the south part of the district, the Iron Mountain Mine by-product gold, silver, and copper. The Balaklala Mine was a silver mine with a by-product of gold. Six miles west of Redding is the ghost town of Shasta, now a historical monument, an area of old mines, and the site of the early day gold rush for lode gold.

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