Historic Gold Mining Areas

This page has many articles highlighting some of the richest gold mining locations in the United States and the world, including history of the early gold discoveries and current locations where gold can be found.

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     Alaska

     Gold Mining in Denali National Park

     Gold Mining at Ganes Creek, Alaska

     The Klondike Gold Rush

     Nome Alaska Gold Rush

     Fairbanks Alaska Gold Rush

     The Juneau Mining District

     The Porcupine Gold Mining District

     Gold Mining at Moore Creek, Alaska

     Mining in Northern Alaska's Brooks Range

     Arizona

     Gold Mining History of Rich Hill, Arizona

     Gold Prospecting at Lynx Creek, Arizona

     Gold Prospecting near Quartzite, Arizona

     Gold Basin Mining District in Arizona

     Gold Prospecting Areas near Phoenix, AZ

     San Domingo & Vulture Mountains Gold

     The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine

     Gold Prospecting Areas near Tucson, Arizona

     Gold Mining in the Bradshaw Mountains

     Gold Prospecting in the Mojave Desert

     Gold in the Santa Catalina Mountains

     Gold Mining in Yuma, Arizona

     Mining History of Jerome, Arizona

     Mining History of Globe & Miami

     Dry Placer Mines of La Paz, AZ



     California

     American River Gold

     Feather River Gold

     Gold Mining in Siskiyou County

     Gold Mining near Randsburg, California

     Kern River Gold

     San Gabriel River Gold

     5 Facts about the California Gold Rush

     The Dale Mining District

     The California Gold Rush

     California's First Gold Discovery

     Bodie, California

     Gold Panning Areas near Los Angeles

     Gold Prospecting Areas near San Diego

     10 Free Gold Panning Areas in California

     5 California Gold Rush Towns to Visit

     Yuba River Gold

     Calaveras River Gold Mining History

     Merced River Gold Mining

     Gold Prospecting in the Mojave Desert

     Hunting for Pocket Gold in Northern California

     Mining in California's Coastal Range

     The Malakoff Diggins

     Mining History of Death Valley

     There's Gold in the Sand of California's Beaches

     Butte Creek Forks Recreation Area

     Finding Gold in Quincy, California

     Rich Gold Placers of the Klamath River

     Trinity River Gold Mining

     Primary Gold Mining Districts of Plumas County



     Colorado

     Go Underground at the Hidee Gold Mine

     Pike's Peak Gold Rush

     Mining in Idaho Springs, Colorado

     Mining History of St. Elmo, Colorado

     5 of Colorado's Best Gold Rush Towns to Visit

     Find Gold & Minerals near Colorado Springs, CO

     Mining History of Cripple Creek, Colorado

     Silver Mining History of Creede, Colorado

     Gold Mining in the San Juan Mountains

     Gold Mining in Ouray, Colorado

     Gold Prospecting in Downtown Denver

     Argo Mill & Tunnel



     Idaho

     Bayhorse Idaho Ghost Town

     Mining History of Silver City, Idaho

     Idaho's Boise Basin

     Gold Mining in Murray, Idaho

     Gold & Silver Mining in Atlanta, Idaho

     Elk City, Idaho: American & Red River Gold

     Mining History on the Yankee Fork River

     Gold Panning on the Snake River

     5 Idaho Ghost Towns with Gold & Silver

     Gold Mining in Warren, Idaho

     Gold Discoveries in Pierce, Idaho

     Idaho's Silver Valley

     Gold Mining in Pearl, Idaho



     Midwestern U.S.

     Black Hills Gold Rush

     Gold Panning Locations near Chicago

     The Ropes Gold Mine in Michigan

     Lake Superior Gold

     Lead, South Dakota and the Homestake Gold Mine

     Gold Panning in the St. Croix River



     Montana

     Montana's First Gold Rush

     The Ghost Town of Garnet, Montana

     The Ghost Town of Bannack, Montana

     Gold Discovery at Helena, Montana

     Gold Mining at Confederate Gulch

     Elkhorn, Montana - A Booming Silver Town

     Libby Creek Gold Panning

     Gold Mining in Marysville, Montana



     Nevada

     The Manhattan Mining District, Nevada

     The Round Mountain Gold Mine

     The Comstock Lode

     Gold & Silver Mining at Tonopah, Nevada

     Gold Prospecting near Las Vegas

     Gold Prospecting in Elko, Humboldt, and Pershing County

     The Rye Patch/Majuba Placers

     Find Gold Prospecting Areas near Reno, Nevada

     The Carlin Trend Gold Deposits in Nevada

     Early Mining History of Belmont, NV



     New Mexico

     Gold Mining in Hillsboro, New Mexico

     Gold Mining near Santa Fe, New Mexico

     Gold Mining near Albuquerque, New Mexico

     11 Mining Towns in New Mexico

     Gold Mining in Elizabethtown, New Mexico

     Mining in Mogollon, New Mexico



     Northeastern U.S.

     Gold Panning at the Swift River in Maine

     Gold Production at Pennsylvania's Cornwall Mine



     Oregon

     Mining in Eastern Oregon's Blue Mountains

     Althouse Creek & Illinois River, Oregon

     Southwest Oregon Gold Rush

     Oregon's Rogue River

     Gold Panning Areas near Portland, OR

     Hunting for Pocket Gold in Southern Oregon

     Mining in Jacksonville, Oregon

     Hunting for Oregon's Lost Blue Bucket Mine

     Burnt River Gold

     Gold Prospecting on the South Fork Umpqua River

     Powder River Gold



     Southeastern U.S.

     The Georgia Gold Rush

     North Carolina Gold Rush

     The First United States Gold Rush

     Gold Prospecting at Coker Creek, Tennessee

     Uwharrie River Gold in the National Forest

     Gold Panning Locations near Atlanta

     The Crater of Diamonds Mine in Arkansas



     Utah

     The Kennicott Mine in Bingham, Utah

     7 Gold Mining Regions in Southern Utah



     Washington

     Gold Rush to Washington State

     A Recent Visit to Liberty, Washington

     Gold Prospecting on the Columbia River

     Gold Panning in the Cascade Mountains

     Gold Prospecting at Washington Beaches

     Gold Prospecting Areas near Spokane

     Gold Mining at Cape Disappointment State Park



     Mining Around the World

     Top Gold Producing Countries

     Atlin & Cariboo Districts - British Columbia, Canada

     Australia's Kalgoorlie Gold Rush

     5 Huge Gold Mines in the United States

     Gold & Silver Mining in Ontario, Canada

     Fraser River B.C. Gold Panning

     Gold Mining on Vancouver Island

     Gold Prospecting in Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba

     Finding Gold and Platinum in the Tulameen River, B.C.

     The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum in Costa Rica

     Gold Panning on the Red Deer River | Alberta, Canada

     The Cassair Gold Rush, Northern B.C.

     The Cayoosh Creek Gold Rush, B.C.

     Vast Hidden Gold Reserves in Ecuador

     Where to Find Gold in France

     Gold Mining in India

     Gold in the Democratic Republic of Congo



     Historic Gold Mining Methods

     Hydraulic Mining Operations

     Arrastras to Grind Ore

     Stamp Mills to Crush Ore

     Bucket Line Dredging

     5 Historic Gold Dredges You Can Go Visit

     Drift Mining for Gold