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Trinity County California

ABOUT TRINITY COUNTY

Lode mines and placers produced over 2 million ounces of gold in Trinity County between 1880 and 1959. Most of it came from placer gravels of the Trinity River. As a result, Trinity County is the dredgers' best chance to find a large platinum nugget in the state of California. Miners found several Nuggets of Platinum greater than 1 ounce in the past.

Coffee Creek

Near the mouth of Coffee Creek, the area gravels contain placer colors, and many area lode mines were big producers.

Indian Creek

You will find productive placer gold locations if you go North along the East Fork of the Trinity River, especially in the Indian Creek tributary.

Trinity River

On the west edge of the county, in gravels of the Trinity River stream, bench, and terrace gravels, you can find placer gold. Many area quartz mines produced lode gold. Dedrick, Douglas City, Hay Fork, all gravel bars, benches, and tributary deposits along the Trinity River contain placer gold and platinum nuggets. Near the Helena area, gravel bars and courses along the Trinity River have placer gold. You will find productive placer gold locations if you go North along the East Fork of the Trinity River, especially in the Indian Creek tributary. In Junction City, there are numerous area lode and placer mines. In Trinity Center, the original town is now under the waters of Claire Engle Lake but central in the Trinity Basin district, with a total production of over 1,750,000 gold ounces from 1880-1959. Many huge hydraulic operations, visible from the U.S. Forest Service logging roads, produced placer gold and platinum. The Golden Jubilee Mine was a very productive lode gold mine. Three miles above the old town site of Trinity Center, you will find the Enright Claim, a rich placer gold producer with platinum nuggets to several ounces. In Weaverville, many big productive mines alongside roads produced lode gold. The La Grange Mine was the largest hydraulic operation in the area for placer gold.

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