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Cabarrus County North Carolina

In Cabarrus County North Carolina  all the regional streams and bench gravels contain some placer gold. Local inquiry may pay off.


Allen Furr Mine - is located 23 miles east of Charlotte. It was a lode gold mine.

Barnhardt Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Barringer's Mine - started as a placer mine and was later a lode gold mine.

Blackwelders Mine - was a lode gold producer.

California Mine - had some good gold output.

Crowells Mine - was a old gold mine.

Elwood Mine - was a gold producer.

Faggart Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Fisher Mine - is located near Concord and was a good producer.

Furness Mine - was a gold with copper mine.

Harkey Mine - produced lode gold, with copper.

Long's Mine - was a gold producer.

Love Mine - was a gold producer.

Ludwick's Mine - was a gold producer.

Middle Barrier Mine - was a gold contributor.

Newell Mine - was a gold producer.

Number 3 Mine - was part of a group of mines around the Phoenix Mine that was a fairly rich gold producer.

North Barrier Mine - was a gold producer.

Nugget (Biggers) Mine - produced some large coarse gold.

Pharr Mine - has gold in veins and placers.

Phoenix Mine - was located 6 miles southeast of the town of Concord. It was discovered some time before 1856 and was worked for short intervals until 1906. The total gold production was about 19,4000 ounces.

Pioneer Mills Group of mines - was a good producer, but has not been worked since the Civil War.

Quaker City Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Reed Mine - it was the original gold discovery in the state in 1799. It had approximate total production through the 1930's of 50,000 gold ounces. In 1972, the Reed Mine was purchased by the state, they have now developed the mine into a state historic site. This mine was the site of the first authenticated discovery of gold in North Carolina. In 1799, Conrad Reed, a 12 year old boy, found a nugget of gold weighing 17 pounds in Little Meadow creek. Between 1803 and 1835 additional nuggets, weighing an aggregate 115 pounds, were found on the property. In 1831, lode deposits were discovered and were worked profitably for a few years, but for a long time the mine was idle pending the settlement of the Reed Estate. There were brief periods of activity in the 1880's and 1890's; the most recent work in the area consisted of some small scale placer operations in the mid 1930's. The largest nugget weighed 28 pounds.

Rocky River Mine - was a gold mine along the Rocky River.

South Barrier Mine - was a gold producer.

Snyder Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Tucker (California) Mine - was a lode gold mine.


Little Meadow Creek - most of this creek is owned by the state, but there are sections which is owned by private property owners that you may be able to deal with.

Rocky River - this would be my first choice of prospecting areas.

Reported By: Brian Helms

Rocky river that flows through Stanly, Cabarrus, and Union counties and all of it's tributaries contain some amount of gold in stream gravel. In many cases the gold is in clay with stream gravel in it. Some streams are mostly bedrock and are easy pickings. Best places on the river are in lower Cabarrus through Stanly county. Several 1 ounce nuggets have been found throughtout the area. I have heard stories of bigger but not from a reliable source.

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