Gold Mines in California

Gold Mining Claims for Sale in California

Depending on the year, we typically head down to California in the fall, winter and spring months to claim California gold mines, which means the best chance of getting a mine in California is early winter through late spring.

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When most people think of gold rushes, they think of the California Gold Rush. The Gold Rush of 1848 started when James W. Marshall found gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. Prospectors began flooding the state by the thousands. The Gold Rush lasted 7 years and brought 300,000 people to California. The impact of the Gold Rush was substantial. San Francisco grew from a small settlement of about 200 residents to a boom-town of about 36,000 by 1852. The Gold Rush paved the way for California to become a state. Gold, worth billions of dollars in today's money was recovered from California during the great Gold Rush.

Current Mining Claims in the Western United States

Arizona

Colorado

  • Historic Doctor Park Mine – 60 ac. lode & 20 ac. Placer claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic Doctor Park Mine – 60 ac. lode & 20 ac. Placer claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic world class mines, 25 miles outside of Gunnison, Colorado. A 1916 report labels this mine “The greatest freak of nature…it is a mine which already has brought its owners excellent returns, and as the deposit of ore appears to be inexhaustible, the wealth that will come from the mine will rank among the millions.” Water and cabins on the claim. Best suited for a serious miner who has the capital to invest in a mining operation.

    $45,000.00
  • Historic Red Buck Gold Mines – 2- 20 acre lode claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    Historic Red Buck Gold Mines – 2- 20 acre lode claims – Gunnison County, Colorado

    The Red Buck Claim group is an entire mining operation. Cabins, a complete mill, a saw mill, lode mines, shafts, adits, an assay office and more. This is a one of a kind site, its high country Colorado. Thousands of ounces of gold have been turned out of the Red Buck. There are an estimated 5000 ounces in unprocessed ores at the mill.

    $85,000.00

Idaho

Montana

  • Historic Galena Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Silver Star, Montana

    Historic Galena Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Silver Star, Montana

    The Galena mine and camp is a historically documented working of the Silver Star district. Noted with production of gold and some silver with lead (Galena). The mine overlooks the valley and the town of Silver Star. Gold can be found in the tailings and at the entrance of the mine. Free-milling and easy to process by hand.

    $21,000.00
  • Historic Capital Gold Mines – 20 acre lode & 20 acre placer claims – Beaverhead County, Montana

    Historic Capital Gold Mines – 20 acre lode & 20 acre placer claims – Beaverhead County, Montana

    The Capital claim is a collection of four rich, productive mines, located in Montana's Argenta district. Visible free-milling gold was found in several spots around the claim. It's a miner's paradise: a historic mine, tons of old relics, gold, water, timber that can be used in support of the mining operation, and plenty of work to be had.

    $34,000.00

Nevada

  • Historic Wildhorse Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Pershing County, Nevada

    Historic Wildhorse Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Pershing County, Nevada

    The Wildhorse mining claim is nestled in the remote hills of Pershing county, Nevada. A 1973 report on the property is simply amazing, and show what a small mining operation should be. A husband and wife team were producing $70k to$ 80k per year in 1970's numbers. In today's dollars, that is $360k to $418K. These numbers and values were recorded with the US Mint where the metals were sold.

    $55,000.00

New Mexico

Oregon

Utah

Wyoming

How Gold Formed in California

The gold deposits that are presently found in California are the work of millions of years of  plate tectonics. Millions of years ago pieces of what is presently know as California lay at the bottom of the ocean. Underwater volcanoes deposited lava which contained minerals (including gold) onto the sea floor. Between 400 million and 200 million years ago, geologic movement forced the sea floor eastwards, colliding with the North American continent, which was moving westwards.

Beginning about 200 million years ago, tectonic pressure forced the sea floor beneath the American continental mass. As it sank beneath today's California, the sea floor heated and melted into very large molten masses (magma). This magma was hotter than the continental crust above it, and consequently forced its way upward, cooling as it rose to become the granite rock found throughout the Sierra Nevada and other mountains in California today — such as the walls and domes of Yosemite Valley. As the hot magma cooled, solidified, and came in contact with water, minerals with similar melting temperatures tended to concentrate themselves together. As it solidified, gold became concentrated within the magma, and during this cooling process, veins of gold formed within fields of quartz because of the similar melting temperatures of both.

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