Calaveras County California

After placer gold discoveries in 1849 in Calaveras County, California, Miners opened rich lode veins in 1850 above the placer workings.  Placer gold production estimations at 2,415,000 ounces and lode gold at 2,045,700 ounces CALAVERAS RIVER The Calaveras River channel and all tributaries contain rich placers.  In the Table Mountain area, placers were also very …

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Albany County Wyoming

In the southwestern part of Albany County the placers were found along Douglas Creek in 1868. Later lode veins were discovered and they yielded copper, silver and gold. The total production is well over 10,000 ounces and the fact that the district has been idle since 1900 should interest the amateur prospector. Lake Creek and …

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Abbeville County South Carolina

Abbeville County South Carolina is long time producer of gold. Best known as the Carolina Slate Belt, extends across several counties in a northeast to southeast direction as a continuation of the same geologic formation in North Carolina. There are very many streams, creeks, benches, and terraces throughout the belt that contain placer gold. There are …

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Arizona Gold Locations are significant. In 1912 President Taft signed the statehood proclamation that made Arizona the 48th State using a pen made of gold from Arizona mines. The gesture was an appropriate symbol since this metal has played a significant role in the history and development of the State. Gold first brought Europeans into …

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The great “Gold Rush of 1849” caused California to be named “The Golden State.” Even today, gold mining continues on a large scale. Gold ranks 3rd in California’s mineral production. The state has produced over 150 million ounces of gold, most of which comes from “The Mother Lode” placer mining areas. The California Gold Rush …

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Colorado is where I started my love affair with gold. I used to take my 3″ dredge up to Tarryall Creek every weekend in the late 70’s early 80’s. Colorado is know as the Silver State, but it also ranks second among the gold producing states. Over 40 million ounces has been produced in Colorado. …

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A considerable amount of gold has been recovered from placer and lode deposits in Idaho. Idaho gold was first discovered on a sandbar in the Pend Oreille River in 1852. In 1860, Captain E. D. Pierce found gold near the town of Pierce in Clearwater County. Other rich placer deposits soon were being mined in …

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Nevada now ranks number one in the nation for producing gold, but most of this gold comes from low grade deposit. There are still some excellent placer deposits in Nevada that will be of interest to the recreational prospector. Over 30 million ounces has been produced in Nevada.

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