Area Pocket Gold Specimens
Area Gold Production History
Area Gold Production History

The following is a small snapshot of some of the gold production history that immediately surrounds or is located within the Liberty Mines Group and/or the Trail Creek Gold Mines. See our ads for; The Liberty Mines Group  &  Trail Creek Gold Mines.  

THE BLACK BEAR MINE
Producer of approximately 200,000 ounces of lode gold.
The most notarized and richest lode mine in Siskiyou County.  Liberty Mining District.  Producer of approximately 200,000 ounces of lode gold.  The deposit at the Black Bear Mine was discovered in 1860 and consisted of two incredibly rich veins, one running north and south, and the other vein ran east to west. The Black Bear Mine has a very documented recovery history with receipts of bullion being shipped to the Selby Smelting Works or to the US Mint in San Francisco.  Many area mines in regional canyons produced lode gold. At the location of the East fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, placer gold and platinum nuggets have been found.

EDDY GULCH
THE EDDY GULCH PLACERS
In the 1850s, recorded production for the placer mines in Eddy Gulch was 150,000 ounces Au.
Located in the Liberty Mining District.  This district contains many high-grade lodes.  Examples of data from California State Mineralogist’s reports and numerous private geologic reports state approximate gold production for Eddy Gulch was 150,000 oz. in the 1850's. It is reported today that a group of properties in this area that are known as; The Eddy Gulch Group, have an estimated 900,000 ounces in gold reserves.

FORKS OF THE SALMON
The Forks of the Salmon was the center of large gold mining operations and all regional stream and bench gravels had very rich placers. There were huge hydraulic operations on the major streams which produced thousands of ounces of placer gold.

THE HIGHLAND
Known also as the Old Highland. In Sec. 12, T 39 N., R. 10 W., in the Salmon River mining district, 12 1/2 miles northwest of Callahan in the Klamath Reserve. Fissure vein between walls of granite and schist, being an extension of the Trail Creek ledge; 200-foot tunnel, and 400 feet of drifts; ore is free and easily worked; idle at present;  Trail Creek prospect to the south. Bibl.: Report XIII, p. 405.

THE JUMBO MINE
Liberty Mining District. Between the years 1927 – 1935 the Jumbo Mine was reporting an average of 1 OPT.

THE KEATON & CLEAVER MINES
Liberty Mining District. Between the years 1927 – 1935 the Keaton and Cleaver Mines reported an average of 1/4 OPT.

THE HICKEY MINE
Liberty Mining District. Between the years 1927 – 1933 the Hickey Mine was reporting up to 1.5 OPT.

THE HOMESTAKE
in the Klamath Reserve. Comprises 120 acres on the same lode as the Highland mine; formation is quartz-porphyry and dioritic schist; worked by means of tunnels; high grade (pocket) gold extracted, which has made the property noted; discovered in 1902; elevation is 6100 feet; has produced several thousand dollars in high grade; 2-mile trail from wagon road.

THE KLAMATH MINE
Liberty Mining District. Recorded production of 35,000 ounces between the years 1863-1910.

THE LANKY BOB MINE
Liberty Mining District. Estimated production of 3,000 ounces between the years 1927 to 1933.

LIBERTY DISTRICT
The Liberty district is about 10 miles east of Forks of Salmon. The placers were discovered here in the 1850's. The area was active until the start of World War II and some prospecting has taken place since. Many lode mines in the area.

THE MT. LAUREL MINE
Liberty Mining District. Recorded production of 36,000 ounces between the years 1863-1910.

THE SALMON RIVER
Along every mile of the Salmon River in Siskiyou County placer gold is found. Almost every type of placer mining has been used on the river. Both the north and south forks were productive and one stretch between Forks of Salmon and Sawyers Bar is estimated to have produced 2M ounces of gold. Also known as; "The richest little river in America", this is one of the richest rivers in Siskiyou County.

THE NORTH FORK OF THE SALMON RIVER  aka; “THE RICHEST LITTLE RIVER IN AMERICA”
1925 California State Mineralogist’s report states that from Sawyers Bar (Eddy Gulch) to The Forks of Salmon (12 mi. downriver) produced 2M ounces of gold.

SAWYERS BAR
Sawyers Bar is located in the Salmon River district and contains roughly 800 square miles of extremely mountainous country between the Marble Mountains and Salmon and Trinity Wilderness areas. This area had a total production between 1855-1965 estimated at 16,000 ounces of placer gold and 20,000 ounces of lode gold. In all regional stream gravels you can find placer gold and platinum. There were very many huge hydraulic operations and Chinese diggings, accessible from the east on Sawyers Bar road. The North Fork of the Salmon River in all gravel and slope wash deposits you will find placer gold.

TRAIL CREEK
Salmon River mining district, 12 miles west of Callahan in the Klamath Reserve. Elevation of 7200 feet, reached by trail from Callahan. The fissure vein occurs between schist walls, with a strike of N. 40' W., and a dip of 60' N.; ore shoot is 300 feet long and 2 feet wide; workings consist of an 850-foot tunnel, several small drifts and a stope 200 feet in length; equipment consists of two 3 1/2-foot Huntington mills (capacity is 20 tons in twenty-four hours, through 50-mesh screen) run by waterpower; tools, ore cars and dwellings; seven men are employed; owner claims an ore reserve of 3000 tons of rock; free milling; yearly production 1912 (seventy days' run) was $15,000; production to date $40,000: best prospect in the district.

THE UNCLE SAM MINE
Liberty Mining District. with documented production of 4,000 oz's. between the years 1860 to 1905.

THE UNION MINE
Liberty Mining District. Estimated gold production at 20,000 ounces pre-WWI.

THE WHITES GULCH MINE
A hydraulic operation worked until 1970 for its placer gold. The gravels of South Russian River have rich placer gold and platinum deposits on bedrock. Many mines on the North Fork of the Salmon that were substantial producers.

WHITES GULCH
Liberty Mining District. In 1860, an outcropping of gold bearing quartz was discovered in Whites Gulch by four men. Soon after the discovery, a claim was laid out and a mill was purchased in San Francisco and moved to the discovery location, "much gold was taken out". Charles Nash and another party of prospectors traveled up nearby Eddy Gulch and discovered gold bearing quartz veins breaking through the surface of the ground. This resulted in the delivery of a second quartz mill to the area. The mill for the Live Yankee Mine was brought up Eddy Gulch to what is now called the Live Yankee Gulch, at the head of Eddy Gulch.

THE YELLOW JACKET MINE
Liberty Mining District. Contained three parallel veins, each running north and south. The majority of the mines in the area worked in a primitive black slate formation which is further explained in multiple geology reports. This formation is almost identical to the major gold deposit found in the Sierra Nevada range, both having considerable bearing veins running to depths and lengths for miles.

Regional Gold Production History - at a glance...      

THE BLACK BEAR MINE
The most notarized and richest lode mine in Siskiyou County.  Liberty Mining District.  Producer of approximately 200,000 ounces of lode gold.  The deposit at the Black Bear Mine was discovered in 1860 and consisted of two incredibly rich veins, one running north and south, and the other vein ran east to west. The Black Bear Mine has a very documented recovery history with receipts of bullion being shipped to the Selby Smelting Works or to the US Mint in San Francisco.  Many area mines in regional canyons produced lode gold. At the location of the East fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, placer gold and platinum nuggets have been found.

CALLAHAN - SCOTT RIVER
A large amount of gold was recovered from the Scott River near the town of Callahan with most of the recorded production coming from a dredge operation which worked the stream for about five miles. There were also many lode deposits near Callahan. The veins were small, but they were rich. One lode mine is reported to have recovered between 15,000 and 20,000 ounces. Callahan is located 44 miles Southwest of Yreka at South end of Scott Valley.

This is an area with enormous amount of mining activity. The bed of the South Fork of Scott River, from Callahan South toward headwaters there were great hydraulic operations and Chinese rock piles which still contain placer gold. Gold is still found after every winter runoff. Also placer gold is found in all gulches and creeks, with many lode mines hidden back in steep mountains.

North along the Scott River, several miles of dredging operations which were halted in 1955 by law. Southwest of Callahan, by jeep road, the Martin McKeen Mine was a producer of 12,100 ounces of lode gold. The Porphyry Dike Mine was also an important producer of lode gold.

Go North of Callahan 5 mile to Sugar Creek and follow west on USFS road to a hydraulic workings which contains very rich placer gold. Go south a few miles to Camp Eden, then go Southeast across canyon you will find the Blue Jay Mine, and in the gravels of nearby Jackson creek is an area which was a rich producer of gold nuggets after winter floods.

Go East of Callahan 10-12 miles along Grouse Creek and you will also find additional rich placers. The Copper King Mine was a silver mine that had a by product of gold. South of Callahan 14 miles, Carter Meadows Recreation Area in Trail creek there is also rich placer showings.

CECILVILLE
Cecilville is located 30 miles southwest of Callahan on the South Fork of the Salmon River. The Salmon River produced considerable gold on both the east and south forks, near the point where they join in southwestern Siskiyou County. After the placers had been worked a for several years, lode veins were found and mined until 1940. The lodes had both massive bodies and stringers which ran to high grade pockets.

COTTONWOOD CREEK
Close to the southwest border of Shasta County Cottonwood creek and its tributaries (Antelope, Crow, Dry Driver and Roaring Creeks) have produced a large amount of placer gold. Estimates put it as high as 260,000 ounces. The area was dredged with buckets in many places during the depression and little has been done since.

DEADWOOD CREEK
Deadwood Creek is still a favorite with recreational prospectors and the area has a rich history of producing placer gold since the early days. Other producing streams in the area are Cherry, French, Indian and McAdam Creeks.

DILLON CREEK
Dillon Creek from where it joins the Klamath River in the west part of the county has produced a considerable quantity of placer gold. It had a rich history of late from 1951 to 1960.

EDDY GULCH
In the Liberty Mining District.  This district contains many high-grade lodes.  Examples of data from California State Mineralogist’s reports and numerous private geologic reports state approximate gold production for Eddy Gulch was 150,000 oz. in the 1850's, while nuggets have recently been reported having been found in Whites Gulch ranging up to 5-ounces.

ELK CREEK
Elk Creek produces gold throughout its length.

FORKS OF THE SALMON
The Forks of the Salmon was the center of large gold mining operations and all regional stream and bench gravels had very rich placers. There were huge hydraulic operations on the major streams which produced thousands of ounces of placer gold.

FORT JONES
Fort Jones is located by traveling southwest along the Scott River road to Indian Creek; it had extensively dredged gold placers. All access roads into the Scott Bar Mountains lead to productive mines, most which were lode gold producers. Placer gold can be found in all regional gulches, canyons, streambeds, and bench deposits (some extensively worked).

If you travel north 12 miles you will find the vanished town of Deadwood on old road to Yreka. All area canyons and gulches contain gold. If you travel west down Scott River road you will find Cottonwood and Rancheria Creeks which had large scale dredging operations which produced over $4,000,000 in 1850s. There are many area lode gold mines, especially the Golden Eagle, produced 48,500 ounces until 1931.

GAZELLE - SHASTA RIVER
The mines just west of this small town were lode and although they produced around 30,000 to 40,000 ounces they were considered worked out shortly after the turn of the century.

GREENVIEW
Greenview is located in Scott Valley. If you go west 3 miles you will find Oro Fino area mines on south and east sides of Quartz Mountain and it was the site of a gold rush camp. The Quartz Hill Mine was a lode gold mine located in this area.

HAWKINSVILLE
Hawkinsville is a suburb of Yreka and was the site of a rich gold camp of early 1850s. The canyon and gulch gravels contain rich placer gold. Hungry Creek, area gravels and slope wash deposits contain placer gold. 14 miles southeast is the Peg Leg Mine which was a rich lode gold mine.

HORSE CREEK
Horse Creek is a very rich creek though it has natural cinnabar deposits that contain mercury.

HUMBUG CREEK
Humbug Creek placers were discovered on Humbug Creek about ten miles northwest of Yreka. Later many gold bearing quartz veins were found and worked. Overall estimates range upwards of over 600,000 ounces recovered. Large scale bucket dredging continued until 1950 and recreational miners are active in the area now.

INDIAN CREEK
North of Happy Camp in area with jade mines. Along Indian creek; nephrite jade, gold colors and nuggets, and most prized of all, jade laced with stringers of raw gold.

THE KING SOLOMON MINE
Located within the South Fork Salmon River region on Matthews Creek. This mine was a major producer of lode gold with over 50,000 ounces recorded.

THE KLAMATH MINE
Liberty Mining District. Recorded production of 35,000 ounces between the years 1863-1910.

KLAMATH RIVER
The Klamath River contains placer gold along its entire course. The Klamath River was a productive placer stream and many operations continue today. Many of the tributaries were major producers. Many gold lodes were also discovered near the river.

KNOW-NOTHING CREEK
As much as 50,000 ounces was produced at the Gilta Mine about 5 miles south of the town of Forks of Salmon.  Very rich placers which were found on Know-nothing Creek near the mine. Virtually nothing has been done in this area since the early 1900's.

THE LANKY BOB MINE
Estimated production of 3,000 ounces between the years 1927 to 1933.

LIBERTY
The Liberty district is about 10 miles east of Forks of Salmon. The placers were discovered here in the 1850's. The area was active until the start of World War II and some prospecting has taken place since. Many lode mines in the area.

THE MT. LAUREL MINE
Liberty Mining District. Recorded production of 36,000 ounces between the years 1863-1910.

MUGGINSVILLE
West of Greenview 4 miles, in Quartz Valley, is where you will find Mugginsville which had several old mines on west side of Quartz Mountain and site of a 5 stamp mill remnant near Quartz Valley School. The area stream gravels contain pannable colors.

ORO FINO
Placer mining began early during the gold rush in the area about five miles west of Fort Jones. Rich lode mines were found later in this area.

SALMON RIVER
Along every mile of the Salmon River in Siskiyou County placer gold is found. Almost every type of placer mining has been used on the river. Both the north and south forks were productive and one stretch between Forks of Salmon and Sawyers Bar is estimated to have produced 2,000,000 ounces. Also known as; "The richest little river in America", this is one of the richest rivers in Siskiyou County.

SAWYERS BAR
Sawyers Bar is located in the Salmon River district and contains roughly 800 square miles of extremely mountainous country between the Marble Mountains and Salmon and Trinity Wilderness areas. This area had a total production between 1855-1965 estimated at 16,000 ounces of placer gold and 20,000 ounces of lode gold. In all regional stream gravels you can find placer gold and platinum. There were very many huge hydraulic operations and Chinese diggings, accessible from the east on Sawyers Bar road. The North Fork of the Salmon River in all gravel and slope wash deposits you will find placer gold. In the South Fork gravel bars, especially near mouth of Black Gulch there are rich placer gold deposits.

SCOTT BAR
Scott Bar is located where the Scott River meets the Klamath River. It is 3 miles east of Hamburg on highway 96. The Scott Bar Mine operated from 1850 until 1970 and had lode gold in hesitate. Placer gold was discovered here at the beginning of the gold rush and for many years the nearby area supported hydraulic and lode mines. It is worthy of note to amateur prospectors for many rich pockets were found here.

SOMES BAR
Klamath River bar and bench gravels contained rich placers. All tributary creeks and bench deposits contain placer gold. From Somes Bar north along highway 96 following the Klamath River to Happy Camp, vast bench gravel deposits untouched to today, extremely rich extensions of huge hydraulic operations east of Happy Camp to highway turnoff to Yreka contains tremendous placer gold potential.

THOMPSON CREEK
The gold on Thompson Creek is large and slabby, but Thompson creek is very spotty and it is a good idea to have some good boulder moving equipment. Bedrock is generally deeper on this creek.

THE UNCLE SAM MINE
Liberty Mining District. with documented production of 4,000 oz's. between the years 1860 to 1905.

THE UNION MINE
Liberty Mining District. Estimated gold production at 20,000 ounces pre-WWI.

THE WHITES GULCH MINE
A hydraulic operation worked until 1970 for its placer gold. The gravels of South Russian River have rich placer gold and platinum deposits on bedrock. Many mines on the North Fork of the Salmon that were substantial producers.

WHITES GULCH
Liberty Mining District. In 1860, an outcropping of gold bearing quartz was discovered in Whites Gulch by four men. Soon after the discovery, a claim was laid out and a mill was purchased in San Francisco and moved to the discovery location, "much gold was taken out". Charles Nash and another party of prospectors traveled up nearby Eddy Gulch and discovered gold bearing quartz veins breaking through the surface of the ground. This resulted in the delivery of a second quartz mill to the area. The mill for the Live Yankee Mine was brought up Eddy Gulch to what is now called the Live Yankee Gulch, at the head of Eddy Gulch.

THE YELLOW JACKET MINE
Liberty Mining District. Contained three parallel veins, each running north and south. The majority of the mines in the area worked in a primitive black slate formation which is further explained in multiple geology reports. This formation is almost identical to the major gold deposit found in the Sierra Nevada range, both having considerable bearing veins running to depths and lengths for miles.

YREKA
Yreka is the county seat of Siskiyou County and contained many rich lode mines and rich placers. Following winter storms, large gold nuggets can be picked up within city limits, especially around the water works where, in December 1964 floods, several nuggets to 4 ounces each were found on the surface.
Siskiyou County Mines List With Brief History.
Source - California State Mining Bureau.
Report XIV of the State Mineralogist (1916).
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Siskiyou County, California
Siskiyou County contained more than 370 once active gold mines which yielded approximately 1,800,000 troy ounces of gold between 1880-1959, with a large unrecorded amount produced between 1850 and 1880, which may have amounted to another 1-2M ounces.

Compared to other California counties, little has been officially reported regarding gold production, and what has been recorded, equates to billions at today's gold prices.

Gold is not the only metal of importance in Siskiyou County. The county is said to contain large platinum group metal deposits as well.
This is a region that offers enormous opportunity for further mines development and exploration potential.

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