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Carbon County Wyoming

Brush Creek

Reported By: Tom Peden

The Brush Creek drainages began attracting gold prospectors in 1875. The first recorded claims were in 1876 when a group of miners including Stephen Downey claimed 160 acres at the mouth of Lincoln Creek.

Brush Creek drains the area known as Gold Hill. Gold Hill is at a elevation so summer does not arrive until late July or August. Time has not permitted me to prospect the Gold Hill district.

But good gold has been found on the creeks that come from the area. In 1977 there were two diamonds found on one of these creeks, Cortez or Cortex creek.

Nuggets have been recovered along these drainages with a metal detector. This area is worth prospecting. There are good camp grounds. The nearest services are in Saratoga Wyoming.

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