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California Gold Mines, Prospecting, Panning, Treasure Hunting and Rockhounding

GOLD PROSPECTING AND GOLD PANNING IN CALIFORNIA

Since the days of the California Gold Rush in 1849, persons intent on mining, prospecting and panning have flocked to California to hunt for gold.  

A simple gold pan is effective in detecting and recovering gold from a streambed. Recreational gold panning is a popular hobby in California and is enjoyed by California natives and visitors, alike. If you want to find some gold and have fun doing it, gold panning will suffice and will provide many happy hours of outdoor activity for you and your family.

Inexpensive light weight sluice boxes are often used in flowing streams to increase the amount of material being washed for gold.
Metal detecting is done to detect nuggets in streambeds, dry washes and arid areas.  Dry washers are also used to recover gold in the arid areas. 

The great California Gold Rush in 1849 was of such importance, and has received so much publicity, that many people are not aware that the California Gold Rush was preceded by gold rushes in the Southeastern States. Nor are they aware that much gold mining was done to the south, in what is now Southern California, long before the discovery at Sutter's mill that set off the 1849 gold rush.

The first documented discovery of gold in the United States was in North Carolina in 1799 and gold mining started there in 1803. A major gold rush took place in Georgia in 1828 and a lesser rush occurred in Alabama in the 1830's. Most of the gold mining districts in the West were located by pioneers, many of whom were experienced gold miners from Alabama and Georgia. 

Gold mining, prospecting and panning locations in California extend from the Mexican border to the Oregon state line and eastward to the Arizona and Nevada state lines. Both Northern and Southern California provide ample prospecting and panning locations where you may find gold. Big Ten's six California Gold Prospecting and Panning Maps show locations where to hunt for gold in California.

Prior work by geologists of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, the U.S. Geological Survey and the California Division of Mines and Geology is acknowledged. Of special mention is the prior work of William B. Clark and Ralph Loyd of the California Division of Mines and Geology and that of Waldemar P. Lindgren of the U.S. Geological Survey. The excellent California Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 193, by William B. Clark, was drawn upon for details of specific gold districts throughout the state and for text regarding the Klamath Mountains region of Northern California.  Lindgren's work published in the year 1911 as regards the ancient Tertiary Rivers is considered a classic.

Knowledge of places where gold has been found in the past is useful in searching for more gold. A brief  mention is made here of the overall scope of the California gold maps. For more details, please click on each map listed in the left column of this page. For your benefit, you will find there lists of towns near which gold deposits exist and a much expanded description.

Gold Maps - Eastern States gold maps and California gold maps. Gold Maps - Eastern States and California

CALIFORNIA GOLD PROSPECTING AND PANNING LOCATIONS

SET OF SIX CALIFORNIA GOLD MAPS (MEXICO TO OREGON)
The California gold mines and prospecting and panning locations shown on  maps 1 through 6 are continuous map-to-map from the Mexican Border to the Oregon state line. A good gift.

 

CALIFORNIA GOLD PROSPECTING MAP 1 -  The gold mining and prospecting sites of California Gold Region 1 are shown on California Gold Prospecting Map 1. You will see gold mines and prospects in the mountains, valleys, dry washes and deserts. California Gold Prospecting Map 1 shows 405 gold mines and prospecting sites adjacent to Arizona & Nevada and from Mexico to Death Valley. Yuma, the Colorado River, Picacho, Pot Holes, Glamis, Brawley, Salton Sea, Blythe and Needles are shown. There are gold mining and prospecting sites in Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino and Kern counties. This famous California gold mining region is of great interest to gold prospectors and treasure hunters having metal detectors.
The gold mines and prospecting and panning sites continue to the west on adjoining California Gold Prospecting Maps 2, 3, and 4.

CALIFORNIA GOLD PROSPECTING MAP 2 -  Three hundred forty (340) gold mines and prospecting and panning sites are seen in California Gold Region 2. San Diego, Escondido, Santa Ana, Riverside, Palm Springs, Indio, Julian, Banner, Dulzura, Jacumba, and El Centro are shown. There are gold mines and prospecting and panning sites in the mountains, streams and national forests. Excellent camping, fishing, hiking and recreational vehicle facilities will be found in California Gold Region 2.
The gold mines and prospecting and panning sites continue on adjoining California Gold Prospecting Maps 1 and 3.
  
CALIFORNIA GOLD PROSPECTING MAP 3 - Five hundred thirteen (513) gold mines and prospecting and panning locations will be seen  on this map of California Gold Region 3. Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake, Lancaster, Palmdale, Barstow, Victorville, and Twenty-Nine Palms are shown, There are gold mines and prospecting and panning sites in the San Gabriel, Tehachapi & San Bernardino Mountains and in the Angeles & San Bernardino National Forests. The Frazier Mountain and Piru Creek gold deposits are also shown. There is good gold prospecting, gold panning, treasure hunting, rockhounding and metal detecting throughout California Gold Region 3 and there are many gold mines and prospects near Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
The gold mines and prospecting and panning sites continue on adjoining California Gold Prospecting Maps 1, 2 and 4.
   
 
Gold Panning CALIFORNIA GOLD PROSPECTING MAP 4 - California Gold Prospecting Map 4 shows seven hundred seventy (770) gold mines and prospecting and panning sites in California Gold Region 4. Many well-known gold mining towns, such as Randsburg, Johannesburg and Trona are in this region. You will also see Mojave, China Lake, Bakersfield, Porterville Fresno, Fort Irwin, the Sierra, Sequoia, & Inyo National Forests, the Kings, Kern & Owens rivers and the Slate, El Paso & Inyo Mountains.  Treasure hunters with metal detectors like to "gold nugget shoot" in this famous gold prospecting and mining region and prospectors like to pan for gold in the streams.
The gold mines and prospecting and panning sites continue on adjoining California Gold Prospecting Maps 1, 3 and 5.
    
CALIFORNIA GOLD PROSPECTING MAP 5 -Three thousand (3,000) gold mines and prospecting and panning locations are shown on this California Mother Lode Gold Map. California Gold Region 5 extends northward from about 40 miles south of Yosemite National Park to Quincy and Paradise and eastward from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe. The cities of Jamestown, Columbia, Grass Valley, Downieville, Merced, Mariposa and Marysville are in this region, as are eight national forests. The "Ancient (Tertiary) Rivers of  Gold" are shown, plus the American, Calaveras, Cosumnes, Feather, Merced, Mokelumne, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yuba gold-bearing rivers. California Gold Region 5 is a world-class gold prospecting and gold panning region. You will enjoy visiting the old gold mining ghost towns and viewing the gold mining artifacts on display. Gold panning is done throughout the area. California's "Ancient Rivers of Gold" are shown. (Please see the "Ancient Rivers of Gold" link in the left column.)
The gold mines and prospecting and panning sites continue on adjoining California Gold Prospecting Maps 4 and 6.

CALIFORNIA GOLD PROSPECTING MAP 6 -The California gold mines and prospecting and panning locations in California Gold Region 6 extend from the north edge of adjoining California Gold Prospecting Map 5 (latitude 40 Deg. N) to the Oregon state line. Superb scenery. The Klamath, Trinity & Smith rivers and fifteen-hundred-eighty (1,580) gold mines and prospecting and panning locations are shown, as well as the towns of Redding, Shasta, Susanville, Whiskeytown, French Gulch, Weed, Alturas, Orleans, Happy Camp and Crescent City. 

Gold mining production in California Gold Region 6 was second only to the California Mother Lode. There are many gold prospecting, gold panning and gold mining locations here. Gold deposits are shown on the Pacific coast beaches near Crescent City on California Gold Prospecting Map 6.
The gold mines and prospecting and panning sites continue to the south on adjoining California Gold Prospecting Map 5 (Mother Lode).

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