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 Montezuma Gold Mine – lode claim – San Miguel County, Colorado

    Historic Montezuma Gold Mine – lode claim – San Miguel County, Colorado

    The Montezuma-Carribeau Mine is set in the heart of Colorado's historic Ophir Mining District. There are over 67,800' of workings in this mine. That is 12.8 miles of drifting, crosscuts, raises and winzes. Between 1881 and 1913 the mine recovered an estimated 50,000 ounces of gold.

    $39,000.00
  • Cumberland Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Crested Butte, Colorado

    Cumberland Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Crested Butte, Colorado

    Colorado claims are always a great find, some are more impressive than others. This would be one of the more impressive ones. This is a high-mountain site, set at 11,700 feet, with gorgeous views. Surveyors reported free-mill gold on the claim. The entrances have collapsed and would need to be cleared out and cleaned up before they could be worked.

    $24,000.00

Idaho

  • Historic Homestake Gold Mines – Two 20 acre lode claims – Sun Valley, Idaho

    Historic Homestake Gold Mines – Two 20 acre lode claims – Sun Valley, Idaho

    These 2 lode claims cover the Homestake mines, a large group of old silver and gold mines. The mines reported conservative reserves of silver in 1929, at $200,000. This pricing with Silver at .53 an ounce means that there is an estimated reserve of 377,358 ounces. In today's values, that silver is worth $7,547,169.00. Plenty of history here, with a lot of ore still inside the mines.

    $46,000.00

Montana

  • Aurora Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Jefferson County, Montana

    Aurora Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Jefferson County, Montana

    The Aurora Gold mine is a lost treasures that has been nearly completely forgotten about. Although its history notes it as a very substantial gold producing property, it sits hidden back in the trees, and what people cannot see, they forget. The Aurora was a complex of a few thousand feet of underground workings. It boasted a few fine tipples. Rail cars and a small tram system.

    $22,000.00
  • Historic Park Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Coolidge, Montana

    Historic Park Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Coolidge, Montana

    The Park mine is one of several rich mines in Montana’s Pioneer mountains. It’s located just 1/3 mile from the its neighbor, the massive Elkhorn mine, and works into the same mineralized faults. The tailings we saw from the Park were amazingly rich. Samples taken by the U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1995 ran from 1.05 to 5.8 ounces of gold per ton.

    $51,000.00

Nevada

New Mexico

Oregon

Utah

  • Historic Pyramid Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Juab County, Utah

    Historic Pyramid Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Juab County, Utah

    The Pyramid claim is located 38 miles outside of Nephi, Utah. These are some of the oldest mines in the West Tintic district, thought to be the same Pyramid mines that were discovered and worked by Porter Rockwell. Good ore is still seen throughout the workings. This historic mine is a prime candidate for high-grading and possible further development.

    $18,000.00

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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