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California Gold Mines, Gold Prospecting, Gold Panning and Treasure Hunting  in California Gold Region 1

WHERE TO LOOK FOR AND FIND GOLD IN CALIFORNIA GOLD REGION 1
(Note: This is one of our six California gold maps. Please see left-hand column for the others.)

Big Ten's California Gold Prospecting and Panning Map 1 shows four hundred five (405) gold mines and gold prospecting and panning locations from official geological records of the State of California and the federal government. The map is done in color. The margin of the map has text that tells where to look for gold in a streambed, how to tell "fools gold" from real gold and gives step-by-step gold panning instructions. Locations for finding gold are shown within 15 miles of each of the below listed places. These gold deposit locations, which show where gold has been found in the past, are clearly marked. A good gift.

Map 1 shows places where to look to find gold near:
Ballarat, Baker, Blythe, Chloride City, Cima, Death Valley, Desert Center, Desert City, Eagle Mountain, Glamis, Grommet, Halloran Springs, Harrisburg, Inca, Kelso, Midland, Midway, Mountain Pass, Needles, Niland, Nipton, Ogilby, Parker, Parker Dam, Picacho, Ripley, Shoshone, Tecopa, Valley Wells, Vibal, Wheaton Springs (and Yuma, AZ).

GOLD MINES AND GOLD PROSPECTING IN CALIFORNIA GOLD REGION 1

California Gold Region 1 embraces the eastern area of Southern California from Death Valley to the Mexican Border. Some of the mountain ranges in California Gold Region 1 are Nopah, Big Maria, Cargo Muchacho, Chocolate, Chuckwalla, Providence, Funeral, Inyo and Whipple.

There are gold prospecting and gold mining sites in California Gold Region 1 within fifty miles of Las Vegas along Interstate 15. Gold mining and prospecting locations are shown  west of Needles near Interstate 40, west of Blythe near Interstate 10 and along the California side of the Colorado River north of Interstate 8 just a few miles from Yuma, Arizona. 

A California Division of Mines and Geology document mentions that mining was done by Spaniards as early as 1780-81 in the Cargo Muchacho Gold District, about 15 miles northwest of Yuma, Arizona.  Later, mining was resumed under Mexican rule. This is believed to be the first gold mined in what is now the State of California.

The Cargo Muchacho Gold District received it's name of Cargo Muchacho, or Loaded Boy, when two young Mexican boys came into camp one evening with their shirts loaded with gold. American gold miners became interested in this district after the end of the Mexican War in 1848. Large scale gold mining was done there to depths of 1,000 feet. 

The Potholes and Picacho gold mining districts also lie in the southeastern part of Imperial County, about 50 miles east of El Centro and 20 miles north of Yuma. Small scale gold mining began in the Potholes Gold District when California was under Spanish rule. The district was named Potholes because the gold was found in small depressions or pots. As many as 500 Mexicans and Indians could be seen working the dry washes. It is probable  that the Spanish mined the Picacho Gold District as early as 1780. Gold has also been mined in the Chocolate Mountains in Imperial County, notably northeast of Glamis.

The Chuckwalla Gold District, in the Chuckwalla Mountains of Southeastern Riverside County , was organized in the 1880's and gold mining continued through the early 1900's. There is a considerable number of gold mines and gold prospects in this area.

Gold prospecting and mining has been done in the Clark Mountain Range in San Bernardino County since the early 1880's, and since at least 1882 in the Ivanpah Gold  District, both of which are just off of Interstate 15 and about 35 miles northeast of Baker. Many gold deposits have been discovered through the years both east and west of Death Valley National Monument in Inyo County.

Modern-day gold prospectors hunt for gold with metal detectors in this arid part of Southern California by scanning gold nuggets in the dry washes and tailings from earlier gold mining operations.

California Gold Prospecting and Panning Map 1 shows hundreds of dry washes coming down from the mountain ranges, providing opportunities to find more gold.

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