Gold Mines in California

Gold Mining Claims for Sale in California

For Sale - gold Mines in California - We have spectacular 20 acre mining claims in California. Depending on the time of the year. We typically head down to California in the fall, winter and spring months to claim mines, which means the best chance of getting a mine in California is early winter through late spring. If we currently don't have any gold mines in California feel free to check out our other mines in the Western United States.

California is well known for it's  Gold Rush of 1848 which 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 boomtown 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 gold mines in California during the great Gold Rush. For specific information about mining districts in California please refer to the National Bureau of Mines website.

Current Mining Claims in the Western United States

Arizona

  • Worlds Fair Gold Mine – Lode & Placer claims – Patagonia, Arizona

    Worlds Fair Gold Mine – Lode & Placer claims – Patagonia, Arizona

    The Worlds Fair Mine is one of the largest mines located in southern Arizona it’s also one of the richest with documented reserves of gold and silver. By 1915 the property is reported to have produced more than $1,000,000, of which over $500,000 was in high-grade ore. $1,000,000, and $500,000 in today’s value would be $23,060,667.80 and $11,530,333.90 respectively.

    $80,000.00
  • Idaho Gold Mines – 20 acre lode claim – Ruby, Arizona

    Idaho Gold Mines – 20 acre lode claim – Ruby, Arizona

    The Idaho is a series of adits and shafts along with a small processing mill that operated as far back as 1880. In 1977-1982 there were full comprehensive reports completed on the mines including reserve reports which showed there to be more than $13,000,000.00 in reserves in 1977 when gold was at $147.00. In todays value, those reserves are worth over $87,000,000.00

    $47,000.00

Colorado

Idaho

Montana

Nevada

  • East Range Gold Mine -40 acre lode claims – Lovelock, Nevada

    East Range Gold Mine -40 acre lode claims – Lovelock, Nevada

    The East Range Gold Mine is all that you could want or ask from a high quality, Nevada gold mine. The site is very remote and rarely visited or seen. The claims cover 40 acres and are divided into the north and south claims. The claims cover the lower edge of a small knoll with exposed gold ores. These ores have been identified and gold has been produced from the site.

    $55,000.00

New Mexico

  • Christmas Tree Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Lordsburg, New Mexico

    Christmas Tree Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Lordsburg, New Mexico

    The Christmas Tree Mine has been historically worked for the native gold that the area is known for. The claim covers 2 large decline shafts and a group of prospects. The mines were located in roughly 1870, some work was done from 1870-1880, and $10,000.00 in gold was reported. Indian raids were the main cause of the abandonment of the workings.

Oregon

Utah

  • Historic Scheelite Queen Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Amasa Valley, Utah

    Historic Scheelite Queen Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Amasa Valley, Utah

    The Amasa Valley is one of the most remote areas of the state, tucked high in the House Range, the Amasa Valley is know for its prevalent and free-milling gold. There is still an active placer operation less than 1 mile from the Scheelite Queen mines, and gold ore bodies were seen throughout the workings of the Scheelite Queen.

  • North Elephant Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Beaver County, Utah

    North Elephant Gold Mine – 20 acre lode claim – Beaver County, Utah

    The North Elephant is located in the historic Star mining district. The entrance is deceiving. It's the tailings that really hint at the actual size of the mine. The tailings are so large and stable that the miners workshop was built on top of them. This is an excellent mine for a small scale miner. The workings are extensive and there are lots of rich ores still inside the mine.

    $32,000.00

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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