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GOLD LOCATIONS IN WASHINGTON;

Washington has not been a major gold producer, but they have produced over 2,000,000 ounces of the yellow stuff. Considerable unexploited virgin placer deposits are known and mining claims can still be worked at a profit in Washington. For a complete description of every lode and placer mine, claim, or prospect in Washington request Bulletin 37, Inventory of Washington, by Marshall T. Hunting. It can be purchased from State Department of Natural Resources, Geology and Earth Resource Division in Olympia, Washington.


ASOTIN COUNTY WASHINGTON

Clarkston

In the area sand and gravel esposures along the Snake River bars, you will find the Clarkston and Snake River Placer, which were productive fine gold producers.


BENTON COUNTY WASHINGTON

All the Columbia River low water sand and gravel bars contain placer gold. On the north bank of the Columbia River in section 1, T5N, R28E and in section 6, T5N, R29E, The Berrian Island (Goody) Placer Mine, consisted of 4 separate operations, but was fairly productive.

Alderdale

East of Alderdale by 4 miles, in a deserted channel of the Columbia River, covering several miles, is the Artesian Coulee Placer in section 6, T4N, R24E. It was productive for a number of years.

Burbank

Northeast of Burbank, along the Snake River above its junction with the Columbia River, in the low water sand and gravel bars, placer gold can be found.

Patterson

On Blalock Island, in the Columbia River, is the location of the Blalock Island Placer Mine. It was 3 separate operations. Also the Gone Busted Placer is 2 operation, with dry wash plant, operated from 1938-1940 for placer gold.

Prosser

Go East of Prosser 3 miles, on the south side of highway, in SW 1/4 section 33, T9N R25E, is the location of the Prosser Mine, which produced lode gold.


Chelan County Washington

Placer gold was discovered in Chelan County in 1860. Some of the early records are not accurate, but by best estamates Chelan County has produced around 1,565,425 ounces of gold. There were 139 lode mines and 24 placer mines in operation in this county, some still working today.

On the headwaters of Roaring (Raging) Creek, 10 miles west of mouth of Chikamin Creek, is the location of the Allen Magnesium Mine, which produced lode gold.

From the mouth of Nigger Creek, upstream about 2 miles, is the location of the Nigger Creek Placer Mine. Boy I am suprised somebody hasn't changed the name of that creek. In section 9, T22N R17E, is the location of the Amigo Mine, which produced lode gold.

Along Railroad Creek in sections 16 and 17, T23N, R17E, is the location of the Railroad Creek Placers. In sections 36, at the mouth of Ruby Creek, is the location of the Ruby Creek Placers.

In section 19, T27N, R18E, at the mouth of Deep Creek, is the location of the Deep Creek Placer Mine..

At Horseshoe Basin, accessible from Lake Chelan by road and trail, in the N 1/2 of section 29, T35N R15E, some 13 area lead and silver mines had a by product of gold.

Blewett

The Blewett district is in the south part of the county at lat. 47 deg. 25 min. N, Long. 120 deg. 40 min. W. It had a total production of 850,900 ounces from 1860-1959. All of the listed mines were in T22N R17E. South of Blewett a few hundred feet, in the SW 1/4 section 1, is the location of the Black and White (Diamond Dick) Mine, which produced free gold with pyrite. West of that by 1,200 feet, in SE 1/4 of section 2, The Peshastin (Blewett, La Rica) Mine, which produced free gold with copper and lead minerals. North 1/4 mile from the Peshastin, on the east side of peshastin Creek, in the SW 1/4 section 1, is the Blue Bell Mine, which produced free gold in pyrite. Along Peshastin Creek, there were many early mines. 1 mile above Nigger Creek, in section 1, the Bloom Placer Mine and the Cook, Crawford, Solita and on the upper reaches of the creek, the Peshastin Creek Placer mine. All were productive. In the Culver Creek area, on the south side, in the SW 1/4 section 2, is the location of the Alta Vista (Pole Pick No. 2) Mine, was a lode gold in pyrite producer. From the head of the gulch west to and across Nigger Creek, in the NE 1/4 section 3, is the location of the Blinn Mine. In the SW 1/4 sectin 2, is the location of the Bobtail Mine. On the north side of the gulch, about 1/2 mile above its junction with Peshastin Creek, is the Gold Eagle Mine. There were many other mines in the area. Also in the adjoining Chiwawa district, there were very many other mines.

Entiat

The Entiat district is in the east central part of the county, between lat. 47 deg. 40 min. and 48 deg. 00 min. N and long. 120 deg. 10 min. and 120 deg. 45 min. W. It is the largest district in the state, with 790 square miles. It had a total production of around 10,000 ounces. North along the Entiat River, you will find the Entiat placers. Northwest along the Mad River, is the Mad River Placers. In Crum Canyon, a tributary of the Entiat River, in N 1/2 section 36, T26N R20E, is the location of the Rex Mine, which was a major producer of lode gold and silver. 1.5 miles east of the Rex Mine, in SW 1/4, section 25, is the Pangborn Mine, which produced lode gold and silver. About 3 miles up the Entiat River from its mouth, near top to the ridge north of the ridge, T25N R20E, is the Cook-Galbraith Mine, produced free milling gold. If you go West by Northwest 10 miles, in T26N R20E, you will find the Savage Mine. 2 miles further up you will find the Sunset Mine. The Entiat River is said to produce gold and platinum.

Holden or Chelan Lake

The Holden district is located in the northwest part of the county on the east slope of the Cascade Range. The Chelan Lake (Holden, Railroad Creek) districts produced 514,525 ounces of gold. The Holden Mine, is located in section 18 and 19, T31N R17E. It is 13 patented and 78 unpatented claims. It was the states largest producer of gold as a by product of its copper mining.

Stehekin

In the Stehekin district there were many area mines. On Company Creek is the location of the Well Know Mine. At the head of Agnes Creek, is the Goericke Mine. On Maple Creek, is the Lulu Mine. On Flat Creek was the Sunset Mine.

Wenatchee

Wenatchee district is loctated in the Southeast corner of the county and had a total production of around 190,000 ounces. On the west side of Squillchuck Creek, near center of setion 22, T22N R20E, is the Golden King Mine. It is the 10th largest lode gold mine in America. In section 3, T22N R20E, is the Wenatchee Placer Mine which was very productive.


Clallam County Washington

Arch-A-Wat

Arch-A-Wat is located W of Neah Bay, on the Pacific Ocean. If you go south of Arch-A-Wat along the beach to between Portage Head and Point of Arches, in sections 18, 19 and 30, T32N R15W, you will find the Shi Shi Beach (Lovelace) Placer Mine. The road from Neah Bay reaches a place on the cliff above the beach where there are some productive placers. Gold, platinum, iridium and zircon can be found. 2 miles north of the mouth of the Ozette River, section 12 T31N R16W, is the location of the Ozette Beach Placer. You can access it from a trail from the Little Ozette River. Gold and Platinum can be found here. In T30N R15W at the mouth of Little Wink Creek, in the S 1/2 of the SW 1/4 section 1, is the location of the Little Wink Placers. Also near a small stream in the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 section 19, The Main and Barnes Placer, which consisted of fine gold, platinum, silver, zircon. At high tide level in SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of section 18, is the Morrow Placer, consisting of flour gold. 2 miles south of Sand Point, in SW 1/4 section 18 is the Yellow Banks Placer, which consisted of gold, platinum. You can reach it by hiking along beach from Ozette River mouth or north from La Push.

La Push

North of La Push 4 miles along beach, at Johnson Point (Cape Johnson) in the NW 1/4 Section 5 T28N R15W, is the Johnson Point Placer. In the beach black sands and adjacent bench black sand deposits you can find placer gold and platinum. North of La Push 10 miles along beach, near mouth of Cedar Creek, in the E 1/2 of section 18 T29N R15W, is the Cedar Creek Placers. You can find very fine gold here. In section 19, black sand beach deposits contain gold and platinum. North on the beach 125 feet NW of the mouth of Big Wink Creek in NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 section 12 T30N R16W is the Morgan Placers.

Port Angeles

South of Port Angeles, between Ennis Creek and the head of White Creek, on Melick Farm, in section 23 T30N R6W, is the Port Angeles Mine. This was a lode gold mine. If you go Southeast 6 miles and 3.5 miles by trail, on Cowan Creek, a tributary to the Little River, in section 6 T29N R6W, is the location of the Angeles Star Mine. This was a lode gold, copper and zinc mine.


Clark County Washington

Brush Prairie

In this area it is reported that in all black sand deposits there is placer gold.

Camas

It is reported that in the Columbia River at low water gravel bars placer gold can be found.

Moulton

East of Moulton 4 miles, on the East Fork of the Lewis River, in Section 21 T4N R4E is the location of the McMunn Placer. This area produced gold and platinum. The terrace gravel deposits above the stream only produce place gold. If you go 5 miles east on the Lewis River Road, 1 mile above the McMunn Claim, The Lewis River Placer can be found. The access road is up the East Fork of the Lewis River. Gold can be found in all black sand deposits on the Lewis River.


Columbia County Washington

Marengo

If you go south by southeast of Marengo, in the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 in section 3 T9n R41E, near the north end of the Hoffeditz farm, you will find the Hoffeditz mine. It is about 200 feet above the River and was a lode mine.


Cowlitz County Washington

Woodland

In Section 6 T5N R1E, is the Green Mountain mine. It consisted of a small open cut and produced gold, copper, lead, silver and zinc.


Douglas County Washington

Columbia River

The Columbia River Placer is located in the far southwest corner of the county.

Stevenson's Ferry

Stevenson's Ferry is a Columbia River landmark, it is also the location of the Trouble Placer Mine, which had some rich local occurances of placer gold.


Ferry County Washington

From 1896 until 1959 Ferry County produced a minimum of 839,000 ounces of gold. Most of that came from the Republic district, with about 6,000 ounces coming from the Danville District and Columbia River Placer Mines. From 1904 until 1928 Ferry County lead Washington in total production of gold. There were 164 lode mines and 35 placer mines in Ferry County.

Aeneas

South of Aeneas, to Lyman Lake, is where you will find the Crown Point Mine. It was a very productive lode gold mine.

Belcher

13 miles northeast of Republic is Belcher district. Northeast of Belcher 1 mile, you will find the Belcher Mine. It produced lode gold, copper, and iron. 1 mile west of that, in section 31 T38N R34E, you will find the Winnipeg Mine. It was a lode gold, copper and iron mine. Near the center of the E 1/2 of section 18, is the Pin Money Mine, which produced gold, silver, copper, nickel and cobalt. In the NE 1/4 of section 6, is the Hawkeye Mine, it produced gold, copper, silver and iron.

Covada

Near the mouth of Stray Dog Creek, in section 12 T31N R36E, is the Blue Bar Placer mine in the Columbia River. It is annually renewed with flour gold. On the Columbia River 2 miles above the Blue Bar, near Turtle Rapids, is the Turtle Rapids Placer Mine. It consisted of a terrace 60 feet above highwater line for several miles along the Columbia River. The paystreak was several inches thick and was worked by Chinese Miners. East of that in section 6 T31N R37E, on a Columbia River Bar, is the Thompson Placer Mine.

Curlew

Curlew is located northeast of Republic. Near the N 1/4 section 6 T39N R34E is the Panama Mine. This produced lode gold, with silver, copper, lead and zinc.

Danville

On Big Goosmus Creek, is the Goosmus Creek Placer Mine. It was very productive along a narrow creek bottom. South of that 3 miles, is the Danville Mine, it was a rich lode mine. On the east side of Kettle Creek, in SW 1/4 section 16 T40N R34E, is the Morning Star Mine. It consisted of 10 claims, producing gold, pyrite, copper and tungsten.

Gerome

Near Gerome, on the North Bank of the Columbia River, in section 4 T29N R36E, is the Wilmont Bar Placer. It consisted of 2 terraces 20 feet and 100 feet above the river. It had abundant placer gold, cerium and thorium.

Grand Coulee Dam

6 miles upriver from the Grand Coulee Dam, on the north side, in section 17 T28N R32E, is the plum Bar Placer. It was worked heavily in 1938-39.

Hunters

From Hunters down the Columbia River 2 miles, on the west bank, in section 23 T30N R36E is the location of the Rogers Bar Placer. It consisted of 1,500 acres and 3.5 mile long. There were rich terraces 30, 75 and 100 feet above the river. In the area all low water bars contain placer gold and platinum.

Keller

East of Keller, to the Columbia River, via dirt road, near the mouth of Ninemile Creek, probably in section 16 T29N R25E, is the location of the Ninemile Placer. The terrace deposits 30 and 100 feet above the river produced well. The paystreak in each lever 1-3 feet thick produced flake gold. The Chinese Miners worked this in the early days. Southeast to the Columbia River on a road 3 miles above the mouth of the Spokane River, in section 11 T25N R35E, is the Threemile Placer. It produced flour gold and large very thin flakes. At the mouth of Sixmile Creek, 6 miles above the Spokane River, in section 34, is the Sixmile placer, which produced flour and flake gold.

Meteor

North of Meteor 3 miles, in the NW 1/4 section 5 T32N R36E, is the Gold Twenty Mine. It was a lode gold mine that also produced lead and silver.

Nespelem

Along the Columbia River, between the mouths of the Nespelem and Kettle rivers to the south and east of Grand Coulee Dam, there is gold in all bars and terrace gravels.

Peach

Opposite Peach, on the north side of the Columbia River, in section 15 and 16 T27N R35E, is the Kirby Bar Placers. Between town and the mouth of the Spokane River, the Large Island in the Columbia River, is the Peach Island Placer Mine. It had very productive gravel.

Republic

The Republic district, which is 25 miles south of Canada, is the most consistent gold producer in Washington State. It had a total recorded production of 836,393 gold ounces from 1896-1959. SW of Republic .5 miles, is the Republic Mine. It consisted of 13 patented claims that produced lode gold, silver and selenium. A half mile out further, in S 1/2 of SW 1/4 of section 34 T37N R32E, is the Morning Glory Mine. Southwest 1 mile near the base of the east slope of Copper Mountain, near Center of section 12 T36N R32E, is the Princess Maude Mine. In Section 4, the Alva Stout Placer Mine is located. Northwest 1 mile near the west line of NW 1/4 section 35 T37N R32E is the Insurgent Mine and adjoining on the east, the Lone Pine Mine. The Last Chance Mine is close by. On the east side of Eureka Gulch, near SW 1/4 section 35, is the Quilp Mine. Northwest 2 miles on west side of Eureka Gulch, on line between sections 34 and 27 T37N R32E, is the Ben-Hur Mines, which were all lode mines. In the same area is the Day Mine, which had 92 patented claims. At the head of Eureka Gulch in the W 1/2 of SE 1/4 of section 27, is the Knob Hill Mine, which was 13 patented claims. In 1960 the Knob Hill Mine was the most productive mine in America.


Grant County Washington

Electric City

East of Electric City by .5 miles, at the foot of the east wall of Grand Coolee, in section 14 T28N R30E, is the location of The Electric City Mine. It was a bismuth, beryllium, molybdenum and silver mine that had a by product of a little gold. In the SW corner of section 14, in floor of Grande Coolee, is the Hope No. 1 Mine.

George

Southeast of George, to the Columbia River, in section 22 R18N T23E, in the gravel and terrace gravels along the River you can find placer gold.

Priest Rapids

IN the far southwest corner of the county, near toll bridge junction of route 24 and 243, in sections 10 and 11 T13N R24E, is the Chinaman's Bar Placers. The river gravels yield placer gold.


Grays Harbor County Washington

Moclips

In the area of Cow Point the ocean beach black sand yield gold.

Oyhut

Area ocean beach black sands contain gold.


Jefferson County Washington

Kalaloch

North of Kalaloch to Ruby Beach, on tombolo between Abbey Island and Ruby Beach, in E 1/2 of NE 1/4 section 31 T26N R13W, in black sand deposits you can fine some very fine grained gold.

Quinault

Northeast of Quinault 22.5 miles on a dirt road, take trail 1.5 miles, on Rustler Creek, in section 31 T25N R7W, is the location of the Rustler Mine. It was 5 claims in quartz vein in slate that produced lode gold.


King County Washington

There is a history of some 99 lode mines and 4 placer operations in King County, Washington. This area is primarily a lode gold area, but who knows, maybe you will get lucky.

Baring

Baring is located in the north central part of the county and has some history of placer and lode mining. West to the Tolt River in the SE 1/4 section 29 T26N R8E, is the location of the Tolt River Placer. It is reported that in this location you can find fine gold in the top 24" of river bar material. In section 15 T26N R10E, is the Yellow Jacket Mine. It consisted of 10 claims that produced gold and silver. Southwest of Baring you can find the Climax claims that produced a by product of gold with silver in chalocopyrite.

Greenwater

In section 6 T19N R8E, is the location of the White River Mine and stamp mill. It was operated in 1890 for lode gold.

Grotto

Grotto is located in the northeast corner of the county. In sections 29, 30 and 31 of T26N R11E is the location of the Money Creek district. The Aaron lode gold mine is located here. In sections 20 and 29, in the stream gravels of Money Creek is the Money Creek Placer Mine. Near the headwaters of Money Creek, in SW 1/4 section 34 T26N R10E, in the Miller River District, is many old mines. The Apex Mine produced gold, copper, lead and sliver. Close by the Apex, in section 33 are the Damon and Pythias Mines, which produced lode gold with lead and copper. In section 30 T26N R11E, is the Bergeson Mine, which produced gold from arsenopyrite ore. In sections 31 and 32, 2 miles from Money Creek, is the Kimball Mine. It produced Lode gold, with antimony and silver. Eight miles up the Miller River from its mouth and 2 miles by trial, in section 13 T25N R10E, is the Coney Basin Mine. It consisted of 14 claims that produced gold as a by product of its copper, lead, silver and zinc mining.

North Bend

Gold is found along much of the length of the North Fork of the Snoqualmi River. Half mile up Illinois creek in sections 8 and 9 T25N R10E, is the Beaverdale Mine. The Rushing Mine is 6 claims that produced lode gold in the same area. In the Buena Vista district, in section 7 and 18, is the Lennox Mine. It was 45 claims, with bunkhouse, mess hall and stamp mill. Two miles by trail from the North Fork of the Snoqualmi River and about 3.5 miles above the Lennox River, in sections 9 and 10, is the Luck Strike Mine, which produced lode gold, silver and copper. Near the head of the North fork of the Snoqualmi River, in NW 1/4 section 4, is the Monte Carlo Mine. It consisted of 13 claims that produced lode gold and silver. East of there on a dirt road to the Taylor River district, in section 16 T24N R10E, is the Rainy Mine. Near Snoqualmi Pass, on the South fork of the Snoqualmi River, in sections 7 and 8 T22N R11E, is the Carmack Mine. It consisted of 5 claims that produced gold, copper, lead and silver.

Snoqualmi

West by Northwest, along the Snoqualmi River, in bars and bench gravels is where the Snoqualmi River Placer was operated. If you to North by Northeast, along the Raging River, in the gravel bars you can also find placer gold.

Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie

The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River is also called the Taylor River, it is located East of North Bend Washington off of I-90, you access the area by taking exit 34 and proceed North, the road along the river is dirt but well maintained. Watch for gravel bars, I have panned this river with good success in placer gold, also small nuggets have been found.


KITTITAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON

The gold producing areas in Kittitas County are close to the town of Republic. Most of the county had small production amounts, but there were many lode and placer mines in the county. The placer gold in this county is mostly fine, but large nuggets have been found. Around 40,000 ounces was all that has been reported, but record keeping in the county has been poor.

Cle Elum

Along the Cle Elum River, near town, the Cle Elum Placer was very productive. From the head waters to about halfway down to the mouth is best. On Mammoth Mountain, you will find the Broncho Mine. It was a lode gold mine. East of Eagle Mountain, is the location of the Mammoth Mine, it had a by product of gold. On Fortune Creek is the location of the Queen of the Hills and Ruby Mines. The Queen of the Hills was a lode gold mine, but the Ruby Mine produced primarily antimony, copper, lead, silver with a by product of gold. In township 23 N, range 14 E is the location of the Silver Bell Mine. It was located in Stevens Gulch. In Section 12 of the township is the Silver Creek Mine. On Hawkins Mountain, near the southwest corner of section 24 is the Cle Elum Mine and nearby is the Cascade Mine. All produced lode gold, silver with some lead. In the NW 1/4 section 25 is the Maude O. Mine, which produced free gold in pyrite. In the south 1/2 of section 244 and the northeast 1/4 of sec 25 is the Ida Elmore Mine.

Liberty

In the Liberty area you will find the Black Jack and Sunflower Placers, which were very productive. At township 20N, range 17E, section 1 there are a few mines. In the SW 1/4, The Old Bigney Placer will be found. In the N 1/2, the Ewell (Flag Mountain) Mine, Stamp mill produced lode gold. Along Williams Creek, near town and at the junction with Swauk Creek, is the location of the Williams Creek Placer. It had good pay gravel within 4 foot of bedrock and 70-80 feet below present stream level. About 3/4 mile up Williams Creek, in section 2, is the location of the Ollie Jordan Mine. This mine had rich, erratic pockets of free and wire gold. In the Cougar Gulch area in T21N R4E, 4 mile up gulch, in SE1/4 of SW1/4 of section 26 is the Cascade Chief Mine which produced free milling gold. 5 1/2 miles up the gulch (1 1/2 miles by trail), in section 30, the Wall Street Mine, consisted of 3 claims for lode gold. All bed and bench bars in Cougar Gulch, below the mines you can find abundant gold colors.

Ronald

Out of Ronald by 20 miles to just north of Camp Creek, on the line between sections 25 and 26 of T23N R14E, is the location of the Camp Creek Mine. This mine consisted of 4 claims of lead, silver, zinc and by product of gold. 24 miles out by road and trail on the east side of the Cle Elum River, in sections 26 and 27 of T24N R14E, is the Aurora (Lynch, Paramount) Mine. It consisted of 16 claims producing free milling gold with copper and silver. West of The Aurora, on Eagle Mountain, is the location of the American Eagle Mine and the nearby Boss Mine. Both were lode gold mines with by product silver.

Thorp

On Red Mountain, near Thorp, is The Thorp Mine, which produced lode gold and silver.

Virden

North of Virden, between Latitude 47 deg. 14 min. and 47 deg. 16 min. N, Longitude 120 deg. 28 min. and 120 deg. 42 min. W, is the Swauk district, which had a total production of 7,141 ounces of lode gold and 4,972 ounces of placer gold between 1868 and 1959. In the area around the Blewett Pass Highway, is the Gold Reef Mine, which produced lode gold and silver. At T20N, R17E, at the junction of Boulder and Williams Creek, in section 1, is the Boulder Creek Placer. It is said that the pay dirt on bedrock in this area is very good. On the East Fork of Williams Creek, the Gold Leaf Mine produced free gold, sometimes found in beautiful octohedral crystals. On Snowshoe Ridge, in section 2, is the location of the Clarence Jordan Mine. This mine consisted of 3 claims which produced gold and silver. In the NE 1/4 of section 3, is the Cedar Creek Placer. In sections 3 and 10 is the Swauk Mining and Dredging Placer, which was a very productive large scale operation. In section 10 is the Bryant (Deer Gulch) Placer. In the NE 1/4, the Burcham Placer is found and in the SE 1/4 is the Dennett Placer, all of which were productive. Along Baker Creek, above its junction with Swauk Creek, is the Baker Creek Placer. In the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 section 13, T21N R17E is the Golden Fleece (Mercer, T-Bone) Mine. It consisted of 3 claims, mill which produced free milling gold, silver and pyrite. In section 33 is the Bear Cat Placer, which was productive. In the NE 1/4 section 15 is the Sylvanite Mine, which produced free milling gold. Near the head of Swauk Creek, in section 8, T21N R18E, is the Zerwekh (Big Z) mine, which produced free gold.

 

The Liberty Mining District in the Central Cascades of Washington State has consistently produced gold. The first discovery was in the late 1800's, and over the years the area has seen everything from hard rock mining to bucket line dredges. Currently removed from active claiming, the area is open to anyone who wants to give prospecting a try. The area starts at the bridge on highway 97 over Swauk Creek just south of the Liberty turnoff and is open almost up to the pass. Any part of the creek within 200 feet of the highway has been removed from mineral entry and is open for panning, sluicing, dredging and highbanking. Permits are required however for any movement of material by mechanical means. (i.e. dredge and highbanker) Permits are available from the State offices in Olympia. The area is known for its "Wire Gold", but the finds today are rather small specimens. Mostly, the finds range from specks to small nuggets, especially since we had a couple of floods over the last few winters that moved new material into the streambeds. However there are still a few rare, large nuggets found that weigh in ounces rather than dwt.


Lewis County Washington

Longmire

1.5 miles above Longmire, on the western slope of Eagle Mountain, near the NW corner of section 27 T15N R8E, is the Eagle Peak Mine. This was a copper mine that produced a by product of gold.

Mineral

On Mineral Creek, you can find the Waterfall Mine. It produced lode gold, with lead and silver. On the South fork of Mineral Creek, is the Tacoma lode gold mine.


Lincoln County Washington

The area along the Columbia River from the Grand Coulee Dam to Lincoln, in all low water river gravel bars and upper terrace gravels contain placer gold. It is usually very fine, but abundant. On the east side of the Columbia River in sections 12 and 13 T27N R35E, is the location of the China Bar Placer Mine. It consisted of 260 acres and was worked on terrace and river gravels. At the SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of section 8 T28N R33E, is the location of the Clark Placer Mine. It was very productive and extensively worked in the late 1930's. Opposite the mouth of the Sanpoil River, in the east 1/2 of section 8, is the Keller Ferry Placer mine, it is said to have abundant fine gold. I the south 1/2 of section 9, is the Winkelman Bar Placer and it too had fine gold reported in abundant quantities.

Creston Ferry

Creston Ferry is located in section 2 of T27N R34E and The Creston Ferry Placer was working a river bench deposit, before 1910. This area is said to be rich with very fine micron placer gold.

Davenport

A few miles above Sanpoil is the Hell Gate and Peach Bars. They contain very fine placer gold deposits. Northeast of Davenport about 10 miles, in Mill Canyon , is the Iron Crown Mine, It was 5 claims of lode gold with copper. North of Davenport 20 miles, in steep valley on the northwest side of Pitney Butte, in the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of section 32 T28N R37E, is the location of the Fouress Mine. It was 5 claims that were primarily for copper, lead, silver and zinc, but had a by product of gold.

Grand Coulee Dam

The Grand Coulee Dam is in Ferry County, but if you go east 15 miles to Lincoln county you will find the Latta and Phillips placers. They worked the terrace gravels for placer gold.

Plum

East of the Grand Coulee, .5 miles below ferry at Swawilla, in section 7 T28N R33E, is the Barnell Placer Mine. In 1938 it produced from $300 to $400 a week when gold was $20 an ounce.


Okanogan County Washington

Okanogan county is a large and remote county that offers an abundance of potential for the recreational prospector. Placer gold was discovered in this county in 1859 on the Similkameen River. The lode mines soon followed near Conconully in 1871. The total production recored for this county was around 100,000 ounces, but many ounces were not recored.

Bridgeport

East of Bridgeport, on the north side of the Columbia River, in the NW 1/4 of section 10 T29N R25E, is the Shotwell Placer Mine. This was a very large placer area, that produced fine gold from terrace gravels around 100 feet above the river.

Carlton

Northeast of Carlton 3.5 miles up Leecher Creek, in the NW 1/4 section 23 T32N R22E, is the Minnie Mine. It consisted of 4 claims for lode gold with silver and zinc in a pyrite ore.

Chesaw

In the Myers Creek District, T40N R30E, there was a total production of around 10,000 ounces, between 1888 and 1959. Near the center of the NW 1/4 section 21, is the Eagle Mine, which was a major lode gold producer. Near the center of the W 1/2 of section 35, is the Crystall Butte Mine. This mine consisted of 6 claims that produced lead, silver and zinc with a by product of gold. In the SW 1/4 section 16, is the Reco Mine. In sections 21 and 22, is the Chesaw Mine, which used open cuts to mine lode gold. On Mary Ann Creek, the Mary Ann Creek Placer, 14 claims, gold from surface to bedrock in this area. In SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 section 11 T40N R29E, is the Poland China Mine, 11 claims for lode gold. On Deadman Creek, is the Deadman Creek Placer mine which produced gold from creek bedrock all the way up to 250 feet above the stream in terrace gravels. This is said to be a rich creek.

Colville Indian Agency

West along the Columbia River, near Katar, is the Gold Bar Placer. It was said to be very productive. In seciton 11 T30N R28E, is the Murray Placer, it was intermittantly worked until 1950's. Along the Nespelem river, the Nespelem Placer Mine was also productive.

Conconully

One mile below Conconully on the Salmon River, is the Ballard Placer Mine. On the north side of Sinlahekin Creek, near the NE corner of section 20 T37N R25E, is the Okanogan Copper Mine, which can be accessed by a trail. It produced lode gold and copper.

Gilbert

Just north of Gilbert, in section 11 T34N R18E is the Pay Day Mine. It produced lode gold along with copper and silver.

Loomis

A half mile nort of Loomis, in NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of section 1 T38N R25E, is the location of the Palmer Mountain Tunnel. It consisted of 56 base metal claims with a by product of gold. Take the road to old Ghost town of Golden, West .5 miles, in NE 1/4 section 10 T39N R26E, is the Triune Mine, which produced lode gold, copper, lead and silver. North of Loomis 3 miles on Palmer Lake Road, in SW 1/4 section 19 R39N R26E, is the Pinnacle Mine. If you go North to Palmer Lake, on Palmer Mountain, in NE 1/4 section 36 T39N R25E, is the Black Bear Mine and on the west slope of Palmer Mountain is the Bunker Hill mine, which was a very rich lode mine. Near the SW corner of section 19 T39N R26E, is the Leadville Mine and half mile to the east, i the N 1/2 of section 6, is the Empire Mine. Between Palmer Mountain and Wannacut Lake, in the NE 1/4 section 22 T39N R26E, is the Rainbow Mine, which produced free milling gold with pyrite. In the SW part of section 33 T40N R26E, is the Bullfrog Mine. West of the Bullfrog, by 3 miles, in section 5 T38N R25E, is the Gold Hill Mine. In the Chopaka area, in the SW 1/4 section 32 T40N R25E, you will find the Gold Crown Mine. There are many mines in this area.

Malott

East of Malott by 3 miles in S 1/2 of NW 1/4 os section 22 T32N R25E, is the Rustler Mine. It produced lode gold and molybdenum.

Mazama

Northwest of Mazama 3 miles in the SE 1/4 section 14 T36N R19E, is the Mazama Queen Mine. It had a 5 stamp mill on site. In T36N R20E, half mile north of Mazama, in the N 1/2 of section 30, is the Mazama Pride Mine. One Mile northeast of town, on cliff in SE 1/4 section 30, is the American Flag Mine. It is reached 1.5 mile by road or .5 mile by trail. Near the NW corner os section 30, is the Gold Key Mine. Five miles from town on the Goat Creek Road, is the Imperial Mine, in the NW 1/4 section 16 and the Rosalind Mine in the N 1/2 of section 17.

Methow

The Methow district, 9 miles above the mouth of the Methow River, produced around 17,000 ounces of gold. Most of the gold was produced between 1932 and 1959. On the northeast slope of Hunter Mountain, in the E 1/2 sections 12 and 13 and the W 1/2 sections 7 and 18 T30N R22E, is the Methow Mine. Quarter mile east of the Methow River in SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 section 18 T30N R23E, is the Roosevelt Mine. On the South fork of Gold Creek, in section 25 T31N R21E, is the Bolinger Mine.

Nighthawk

Nighthawk is northwest of Oroville and 2 miles South of Canada. At the base of mount Chopaka, near the SE corner of section 7 T40N R25E, is the Golden Zone Mine.

Oroville

Around 25,000 ounces of placer gold was produced in the Oroville district. Along the Similkameen River in river bars and terrace gravels placer gold is found in abundance. Several nice nuggets have been produced.

Park City

North of Park City 1.5 miles on Strawberry Creek, in S 1/2 section 35, T34N R31E, is the Crounse Placer. It was very productive.

Pateros

In SW 1/4 section 20 T30N R23E, is the Friday Mine on Methow Creek. Near headwaters of Squaw Creek, on north side of valley near NE corner section 17, T30N R22E, is the Chelan Mine. Northwest of Pateros by 5 miles on the east side of the Methow River, is the Sullivan Mine.

Twisp

Out of Twisp 4 miles in S 1/2 of section 13 and the N 1/2 os section 24 T33N R21E, is the Twisp View Mine. In sections 25, 26, 35 and 36 is the Alder Mine. In the SE 1/4 section 18 T33N R22E, is the Rattlesnake Mine. On the lowere west slope of Pole Pick Hill, in SE 1/4 section 18 T33N R23E, is the Red shirt Mine.


Pacific County Washington

Fort Canby

You can find placer gold in the black sand deposits at the mouth of the Columbia River. Also platinum is said to be contained in the sand.

Ilwaco

Just south of Ilwaco, on island at the mouth of the Columbia River, is the location of the Sand Island Placers. It was productive for gold and Platinum.

Naselle

At the mouth of the Naselle River, on the beach along Chetlo Harbor peninsula, about .5 miles from U.S. 101, is the Chetlo Harbor Mine. It had a vein 3 feet wide and 300 feet along the beach.

Ocean Park

On the area beaches in the black sand deposits, you can find very fine placer gold and platinum.


Pend Oreille County Washington

There were 38 lode mines and 5 placer mines reported in Pend Oreille County up until 1959. Probably the most like places to prospect would be on the Pend Oreille River and its Tributary, Sulivan Creek, above Metaline Falls.

Browns Lake Placers

In Township 34N Range 44E at the east end of Brown's Lake, in the NW 1/4 NE 1/4 section 24, is the location of the Browns Lake Placers.

Deemer Mine

In section 2 Township 39N Range 45E, is the Deemer Mine. It consisted of 5 claims, that used open cuts. Most of the open cuts are caved in now. This was a lode mine.

Farmer Jones Mine

Out of Newport 4 miles, in Pine Canyon, is the Farmer Jones Mine and Mill. It produced lode gold.

Gilbert Mine

In section 24, Township 31N Range 44E, is the location of the Gilbert Mine. This mine processed free milling gold in quartz.

Hansen Mine

In section 14 Township 30N Range 43E, 1 mile from road, is the Hansen Mine. It produced copper, lead, zinc and a by product of gold.

Harvey Bar Placer

On the Pend Oreille River, .5 miles west of Slate Creek Road, in the north center section 26 Township 40N R43E, is the location of the Harvey Bar Placer Mine.

Isabella Mine

In Township 34N Range 44E in section 26 SE 1/4 NW 1/4, is the Isabella Mine. It produced lode gold with copper and silver.

Nevell Mine

In Township 30N Range 43E, on the main highway, in section 24, is the Nevell Mine. It produced lode gold and silver.

Schierding Placer

On the east side of the Pend Oreille River, just below mount of the Z Canyon gorge, 2.5 miles west of Crescent Lake, is the location of the Schierding Placer. This placer was worked using a dragline dredge and produced some nice nuggets.

Schultz Placer

Placer gold can be found near the southeast corner of section 19 township 39N range 43E, in a draw near Schultz's Cabin. This was the location of The Schultz Placer.

Sullivan (O'Sullivan) Creek Placer

On Sullivan Creek, near Metaline Falls, is the Sullivan Creek Placer. Nuggets up to 2 ounces have been found here.

Sunrise Mine

In section 22 Township 30N Range 44E, is the Sunrise Mine. It was a lode gold and silver mine.

Wold Mine

In the northeast 1/4 section 24 Township 30N Range 43E, is the Wold Mine. It was a lode gold producer.


Pierce County Washington

The most likely spots to prospect are in the Eastern part of the county. The White River and its tributary, Silver Creek would be my choices. Morse Creek or Silver Creek may be a good choices if you want to find bigger nuggets.

Campbell Mine

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E, on the south end of Crystal Mountain, at head of Silver Creek, is the Campbell Mine. it can be reached 3 miles by trail from the end of the Morse Creek Road. It consisted of 5 claims for lode gold.

Current Mine

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 35, is the current Mine. It consisted of 9 claims that produced lode gold and silver.

Morse Creek Placers

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, near the head of Morse Creek, is the location of the Morse Creek Placers.

Ogren Placer

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 12, is the location of the Ogren Placer.

Silver Creek Mine

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 25, is the location of the Silver Creek Mine. It can be reached by trail from end of road up Silver Creek. It was a lode gold mine.

Silver Creek Placers

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 25 NE 1/4, is the location of the Silver Creek Placers. It produced coarse gold nuggets and was very productive.

Washington Cascade (New Deal) Mine

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 25, is the location of the Washington Cascade Mine. It can be reached 7 miles by road from the Chinook Pass highway. It produced lode gold and silver.


Skagit County Washington

The area along the Skagit River, almost entire length through the county, in stream and gravel bars and adjacent benches and terraces contain placer gold. Near the head waters of Ruby Creek, is the Ruby Creek Placer, which was the first gold discovery west of the Cascades.

Anacortes

In the city limits of Anacortes, T35N R1E N 1/2 of section 25, is the Stephens (Fidalgo) Mine. The Stephens Mine was a copper-silver mine with a by product of gold. In the area bench black sand deposits are the Anacortes placers. Southwest of town 3.5 miles from town center is the Anacopper Mine, which also produced a by product of gold from a copper-silver operation. Out of town 4.5 miles, in T34N R1E sections 1 and 2 is the Fidalgo Island Mine which also was a by product mine. Southwest of town 6 miles is the Matrix Mine which also produced gold from a by product of its copper ores.

Fidalgo Island

Along the area beaches on the entire shoreline you can find placer gold in black sand deposits.

Lyman

The area of Day Creek is where the Day Creek placers were located. They are said to be very rich.

Marblemount

In the Marblemount area of Johnsburg, on the south side of the North Fork of the Cascade River, in the W 1/2 of Section 25 and the E 1/2 of section 26 of T35N R13E, is the Midas Mine. The Midas Mine consist of 5 claims with minor gold, lead, silver and zinc ores. Southeast of the Midas Mine, in the SE 1/4 section 25 and NW 1/4 section 36, is the Soldier Boy Mine, 5 claims for lode gold with copper, silver, zinc.

Mt. Vernon

Southeast of Mt. Vernon on Devils Mountain, in S 1/2 section 4 T33N R4E, is the Mt. Vernon (Devils Mt. Pacific) Mine. This mine consisted of 2,100 acres overlapping into adjoining sections. They are producing free gold in nickel-chromite ores. East of Mt. Vernon, near the summit of Bald Mountain, in Section 17 T34N R6E, is the Bald Mt. Mine. The Bald Mt. Mine was a copper mine that produced a by product of gold.


Skamania County Washington

There are 27 lode mines and 2 placer operations listed in Skamania County as being gold producing in history of the county. The best chances to find gold bearing deposits of are McCoy Creek, Camp Creek and Quartz Creek areas.

McCoy Creek Area

On Mccoy Creek, in T10N R8E, in section 15 is the Hudson and Meyers Placers which were very rich. In section 10, is the Perry Mine, which was a lode gold mine in arsenopyrite. Along both sides of Camp Creek in Section 10, the Primary Gold Mine and the adjoining Bruhn Mine. Both of these produced free milling gold and platinum. The Primary Gold Mine can be accessed 4 miles by trail from end of the Niggerhead Road. In the creek bars and bench gravels, the Camp Creek placers were very productive.

Quartz Creek Area

On the north side of Quartz Creek, in SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 section 7 T8N R8E, is the Plamondon Mine. You can access 3.5 miles by trail from end of road. This mine was 29 claims and produced gold in chalcedonic quartz.

Spirit Lake

Northwest of Spirit Lake, in extreme northwest corner of the county, on Black Mountain, in sections 2, 3, 10, 11 T10N R5E is the location of the Independence Mine. This mine was 6 claims that produce copper, lead, silver and minor gold. Opposite Spirit Lake is the Minnie Lee Mine, which was a lode gold with copper and silver mine. Near Grizzly Creek, probably in section 20, is the Grizzly Creek Mine. You can access this by trail. It produced lode gold with lead and silver. Northeast of spirit lake,in T10N R6E, in sections 8 and 17, is the Germania Mine. The Germania Mine was 12 claims for lode gold and copper. Near the W 1/4 corner section 16 is the Golconda Mine. You can access the Golconda mine .5 miles up Ryan Lake trail from the Green River Trail.

Stevenson

Northwest of Stevenson, in E 1/2 section 25 T4N R5E, is the Texas Gulch Placer, which was very productive.


Snohomish County Washington

Snohomish County contains 236 lode mines and 42 placer mines. Most of the gold came from the Monte Cristo and Silverton Districts.

Darrington

Near Darrington, on Deer Creek, is the Deer Creek Placers which were very productive. South of town on White Horse Mountain in Section 14 T32N R8E, is the Calf Moose Placer which produced some nice nuggets. In section 13, is the Cow Moose Placer, which was very productive as well. On the west side of the Sauk River, near Darrington, in NW 1/4 of section 22 T32N R9E, is the Darrington Placer, which was very heavily worked. In T32N R9E, on Jumbo Mountain, in section 27 (SE 1/4), is the Queen Anne Mine. The Queen Anne Mine was a base metal mine that produced a by product of gold. On the east side of Gold Mountain, in NW 1/4 section 27, is the Elwell-Darrington Mine and Burns Prospect. These mines produced lode gold and copper. In the NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 29, five miles from Darrington, is the Sunrise (North Star, Oldfield) Mine. This mine was 4 claims that produced lode gold. On the north side of the mountain, in section 32, is the Sloman Mine, which produced lode gold, copper and silver. In section 24 T32N R9E and section 19 T32N R10E is the Blue Bird Mine. The Blue Bird Mine was a base metals and silver mine that produced a by product of gold. On the west side of Gold Mountain, in NW 1/4 section 18 T32N R10E, is the Burns Mine, which consisted of 7 claims for lode gold with copper and silver. In the area 7 miles from Bedel and 7 miles from Barlow Pass, is the Perm Mine, which produced lead, silver and zinc with a by product of gold.

Index

West of Index by .5 miles, on the North side of the Skykomish River, NE 1/4 of section 19 T27N R10E, is the Line a Little Placer, which consisted of 2 claims for placer gold. This was a real productive mine. Out of Index 9 miles on the North Fork of the Skykomish River, in sections 19 and 20 T28N R11E, is the Bonnie Belle Placer. On the west slope of Iron Mountain, possibly in section 29 T28N R11E, is the Black Hawk Mine. The Black Hawk was a lode mine that comprised 4 claims.

Monte Cristo

The Monte Cristo district, is in the south central part of the county which with the Index, Silverton, Silver Creek and Sultan districts make a territory 20 miles long and 10 miles wide extending from the center of the county to the King County Line that produces considerable amounts of gold. In SE 1/4 section 3 T28N R11E, the area along Silver Creek, is the Remonille Mine. This mine was a lode gold mine consisting of 3 claims. On the west side of Silver Creek, in section 6, is the Red Cloud Mine. This mine was a lode gold, silver and lead mine. On the west side of Silver Creek, in NE 1/4 section 19, is the Michigan Mine which produced lode gold , silver and lead. There are many mines in the area of the Michigan Mine. Northeast .25 miles, in section 22 T29N R11E, is the Rainy (Ben Lomond) Mine, 3 claims which produced lode gold and silver. In section 22, 1 mile east of Monte Cristo, is the Keystone Mine, which produced lode gold, copper, lead and silver. Nearby in section 26, is the Monte Cristo (Mystery Pride) Mine. The Monte Cristo Mine, consisted of 14 claims, primarily for copper, lead, silver and zinc, but also produced a by product of gold. Half mile northeast of Goat Lake, in SE 1/4 of section 2, is the Glory of the Mountain Mine, which consisted of 7 claims for lode gold and silver. West 2.5 miles on the east slope of the ridge dividing the Sauk, sultan and Stilaguamish waterways, overlooking Crater Lake, is the Del Campo Mine. In section 33 T29N R11E , on the north side of Silver Creek, .25 miles east of Red Gulch, in W 1/2 of section 32, is the Mineral Center Mine. 2 miles from Monte Cristo on the Mineral City road, is the Good Hope Mine. On the east side of the East Fork of Silver Creek, is the Minnehaha Mine. In the Wilmon Peak Area, on the northwest side, in section 27 T29N R11E, overlooking Monte Cristo, is the Justice Mine. On the west slope, in NE 1/4 section 27, is the Peabody Mine. On the West side of Weden Creek, is the Northwest Consolidated Mine. You will find lots of mines on the USGS map of the area.

Silverton

Just west of Silverton, on Marten Creek, in NW 1/4 section 11 T30N R9E, is the Silver Coin Mine. Southeast of that by .5 miles, at the mouth of Silver Gulch are many old mines. Northeast of Silver Gulch by 2 miles in sections 8 and 9 T30N R10E, is the Double Eagle Placer which was very productive. On the south side of the Stilaguamish River, at the foot of Huckleberry Ridge in sections 17-19, is the Eclipse Mine.

Sultan

At the west end of Sultan, on the Sultan River, T28N R8E, is the Sultan River Placer, which was probably in section 31. The Sultan River is very rich for placer gold. Numerous placer deposits on this River.


Stevens County Washington

Since 1902 there have been 204 lode gold mines and 21 placer mines in Stevens County. Most of the total production of 52,145 ounces of gold came from the lode mines. The Columbia River contains placer gold over its entire length through the county. The bench placers were very rich also along the Columbia River.

Aladdin

West of Aladdin, on the J.W. Scott Ranch, in Section 6 T37N R41E is the Scott Mine, which produced lode gold.

Arden

Out of Arden 2.5 miles, in the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of section 34 T35N R39E, is the Rocky Lake Mine, which consisted of 8 claims for lode gold in base metal ores.

Bluecreek

Northwest 1.5 miles from Bluecreek in SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of section 34, T35N R39E, is the Krug (Hartford) Mine. It consisted of 10 claims which produced mostly copper, but minor lode gold. Southwest from Bluecreek 2.5 miles in N 1/2 of NE 1/2 of section 2 T32N R39E, is the Liberty Copper Mine, which consisted of 6 claims for lode gold, copper and silver.

Bossburg

South of Bossburg 5 miles in section 22 T37N R38E, is the Sandoz Placer, which was very productive. Between Bossburg and Marcus, on the east side of the Columbia River, in sections 16 and 21 T37N R38E, is the Valbush Bar Placers.

Boyds

Outside of Boyds 2 miles, in NW 1/4 section 3 T37N R37E is the Napoleon Mine, which produced lode gold as a by product of its copper and iron production.

Cedonia

Northeast of Cedonia 10.5 miles and about .25 miles north of the Addy-Bissell Road, in the Southwest corner of section 19 T32N R38E, is Columbia Tungsten Mine. This was a Tungsten mine, but also produced gold, silver, molybdenum and zinc.

Chewelah

East of Chewelah 1.5 miles, in north part of section 7 T32N R41E, is the Chewelah Standard Mine. Out of Chewelah 6 miles near center N 1/4 section 32 T33N R41E, is the Chinto Mine. West of Chewelah 18 miles, is the Belle of the Mountain Mine and the Blue Belle Mine. There are very many other mines in the Kaniksu National Forest.

Daisy

Out of Daisy 2.5 miles along the Columbia River is the Collins Placer Mine.

Evans

Near Evans, in sections 29 and 32 T39N R39E, is the Nobles Placer Mine. Out of Evans 1.5 miles and 1,000 feet East of Highway 22, in section 15 and 22 T37N R38E, is the Gold Bar Mine.

Kettle Falls

East of Kettle Falls 1 mile is the Gold Hill Mine. In the SW 1/4 section 16 T36N R38E, is the City View Mine. Northeast of Kettle Falls 2 miles in the S 1/2 of the SE 1/4 section 7, the Sunday Mine. In the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 section 9, on top of hill, is the Gold Reef Mine. In the SW 1/4 section 4, is the gold Ledge Mine. Out of Kettle Falls 6 miles, below town in section 29 T35N R37E, is the Holsten Placer. South a little farther and 1 mile off Highway 22, near center N 1/2 section 11, the Ark Mine is located.

Loon Lake

North of Loon Lake by 6 miles, near the center of section 33 T31N R41E is the Loon Lake Copper Mine. This mine produced copper with minor gold and silver production.

Northport

In the area north along the Columbia River to the Canadian line is the Evans Placer. The Evans Placer camp in on the west bank of reservoir just north of town. The Evans Placer was a lease of 5 miles along the east shore which produced abundant placer gold form rich deposits. On Onion Creek, is the Alice May Mine. West of Northport 1 mile on Sheep Creek, in section 25 T40N R39E, is the St. Crispin Mine. Southeast of Northport 3 miles, on the North side of Fish Creek, in SW 1/4 section 16 T39N R40E is the Northport Mine. Near the road in NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 section 7 T40N R40E is the Elvick Mine.

Orient

The Orient district, in the far northwest corner of the county, between Latitude 48 degrees 50 minutes and 48 degrees 56 minutes N and Longitude 118 degrees and 5 minutes and 118 degrees and 10 minutes W formed in 1902 formed in 1902 with 86 mines currently listed in T39 and 40 N R36 and 37 E. The total production of the Orient district is listed at 45,057 ounces.

Rockcut

East of Rockcut 1 mile, on flat bench in section 1 T39N R36E, is the Abe Lincoln Mine, which produced lode gold with copper. Out of town 4 miles, near the center of section 19 T40N R37E, is the White Elephant Mine. Northeast of town 5 miles, in section 19 and 30 T40N R37E, is the F.H. and C. (Faith, Hope and Charity) Mine.

Springdale

Out of Springdale 2 miles, on Douglas Mountain, in sections 11 and 12 T31N R39E, is the Dumbolton Mine, which produced lode gold with mercury and tin. On the East slope of Huckleberry Range near the summit, in NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 section 36 T31N R38E, is the Wells Fargo Mine, this mine primarily produced antimony, but lode gold, lead, silver and zinc were by products.

Valley

West of Valley 9 miles and 1 mile North, in SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of section 9, T31N R39E, is the Edna Mine.


Whatcom County Washington

Whatcom County had 63 lode mines and 15 placers that produced 89,156 ounces of lode gold and 2,425 ounces of placer gold between 1903 and 1959. In the extreme east part of county in the middle of the Cascade Range between latitude 48 degrees 45 minutes and 48 degrees 50 minutes, longitude 120 degrees 45 minutes and 121 degrees 0 minutes, is the Slate Creek District. Nearly all regional creeks and streams, in bed and bench gravels and in ancient channel terraces contain abundant placer gold. In the Harts Pass area, on Mill Creek, in sections 30 and 31 T37N R17E, the Azurite Mine, which can be accessed from the Methow Valley in Okanogan County and over the pass, was a good producer. 5 miles northwest of that by the pass road, in section 33 T38N R17E, is the Mammoth Mine, which was the largest producer in the district. 6 miles northwest of the pass and 2 miles north of the New Light Mill, in SW 1/4 section 26, the Chancellor Mine. 7 miles northwest of the pass, in the center of S 1/2 of section 27, is the New Light Mine. 10 miles northwest of the pass, at the head of Barron Creek, in NW 1/4 section 27, is the Baltimore Mine. On both sides of the Cascade summit about 10 miles south of Canada, is the Gold Ridge Mine. Near the head of Cascade Creek, in SW 1/4 section 24 T38N R16E, is the Anacortes Mine. In Allen Basin, in section 34 T38N R17E, the Allen Basin Mine is located.

Glacier

Out of Glacier by 5 miles in section 36 T40N R7E is the First Chance Mine.

Mount Baker Lodge

Near Mount Baker Lodge is the Iron Cap Mine. West of Wells Creek and South of the North Fork of the Nooksack River, 2 miles by trail from the Nooksack Forest Camp, in section 6 T39N R8E, is the Great Excelsior Mine. Four miles below Mount Baker Lodge, near the Highway, in section 20 T39N R9E is the Verona Mine.

Nooksack

Near the E 1/4 corner section 35 T40N R4E is the Nooksack Mine.

Shuksan

Shuksan, is in the Mount Baker District, in the north central part of the county, between latitude 48 degrees 50 minutes and 49 degrees 0 minutes N, longitude 122 degrees 25 minutes and 122 degrees 35 minutes W, on the North side of Mount Baker. Northeast of Shuksan, about 1 mile southeast of Twin Lakes, near the head of the West Fork of Silesia Creek, in SE 1/4 section 15 T40N R9E is the Lone Jack Mine which was a major producer. On the south side of Red Mountain, there is a trail from Twin Lakes, in SW 1/4 section 4 is the Gargett Mine. North of Shuksan 2 miles, on Swap Creek, in NW 1/4 section 21 is the Evergreen Mine. Two miles south of Canada, in NE 1/4 section 4 is the Boundary Red Mountain Mine, which is accessible by road and trail from Chilliwack, B.C.. There are very many other mines in the area.


Whitman County Washington

Penawawa

The area along the Snake River in section 15, T14N R41E, is the location of the Indian Bar Placer where you can find some fine gold.


Yakima County Washington

Most of the gold in Yakima County came from the far northwest corner of the county, along the boundary of Pierce County on the northeast side of Mount Ranier.

Summit District

The Summit district is located in township 16 and 17 N, range 10 and 11 E. Near the head of Morse Creek, is the Morse Creek Placer Mine. This mine was said to produce well in the early days and produced coarse to large gold nuggets. In T26N R11E in the NW 1/4 of section 4, the Elizabeth Gold Hill Mine, which produced lode gold, copper, lead and silver. In section 6 is the Highland Mine. In T17N R10E, in section 25, is the Black Hawk Mine. In T17N R11E in SW 1/4 section 29, is the Comstock Mine. Just west of the Comstock Mine is the Crown Point Mine. In the SW 1/4 section 31, is the Damfino Mine and in the S 1/2 , is the Gold Hill Mine 9 (on Morse Creek Rd.) Along the Cascade crest from Bear Gap to Crown Point, in section 31, is the Fife Mine, which has access by road up Morse Creek from Chinook Pass Hwy. and 1/2 mile by trail. In sections 4 and 5 are the Elizabeth Placer and the gold Links Placer.

White Swan

Southwest of White Swan, across the Yakima Indian Reservation (get permission to enter at the agency) to the Klikitat River, in section 14 of T8N R12E, is the Surveyors Creek Placer. It was real productive.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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www.poustusa.com lot's of cool stuff here