Washington Gold

Yakima County Washington Gold

Yakima County Washington Gold

Most of the gold in Yakima County came from the far northwest corner of the county, along the boundary of Pierce County on the northeast side of Mount Rainier.

Summit District

The Summit district is located in township 16 and 17 N, range 10 and 11 E. Near the head of Morse Creek, is the Morse Creek Placer Mine. This mine was said to produce well in the early days and produced coarse to large gold nuggets. In T26N R11E in the NW 1/4 of section 4, the Elizabeth Gold Hill Mine, which produced lode gold, copper, lead and silver. In section 6 is the Highland Mine. In T17N R10E, in section 25, is the Black Hawk Mine. In T17N R11E in SW 1/4 section 29, is the Comstock Mine. Just west of the Comstock Mine is the Crown Point Mine. In the SW 1/4 section 31, is the Damfino Mine and in the S 1/2 , is the Gold Hill Mine 9 (on Morse Creek Rd.) Along the Cascade crest from Bear Gap to Crown Point, in section 31, is the Fife Mine, which has access by road up Morse Creek from Chinook Pass Hwy. and 1/2 mile by trail. In sections 4 and 5 are the Elizabeth Placer and the Gold Links Placer.

White Swan

Southwest of White Swan, across the Yakima Indian Reservation (get permission to enter at the agency) to the Klikitat River, in section 14 of T8N R12E, is the Surveyors Creek Placer. It was real productive.

Whitman County Washington Gold

Whitman County Washington Gold

There is not much gold in Whitman County, but there is some gold of the finer variety.

Penawawa

The area along the Snake River in section 15, T14N R41E, is the location of the Indian Bar Placer where you can find some fine gold.

Whatcom County Washington Gold

Whatcom County Washington Gold

Whatcom County had 63 lode mines and 15 placers that produced 89,156 ounces of lode gold and 2,425 ounces of placer gold between 1903 and 1959. In the extreme east part of county in the middle of the Cascade Range between latitude 48 degrees 45 minutes and 48 degrees 50 minutes, longitude 120 degrees 45 minutes and 121 degrees 0 minutes, is the Slate Creek District. Nearly all regional creeks and streams, in bed and bench gravels and in ancient channel terraces contain abundant placer gold. In the Harts Pass area, on Mill Creek, in sections 30 and 31 T37N R17E, the Azurite Mine, which can be accessed from the Methow Valley in Okanogan County and over the pass, was a good producer. 5 miles northwest of that by the pass road, in section 33 T38N R17E, is the Mammoth Mine, which was the largest producer in the district. 6 miles northwest of the pass and 2 miles north of the New Light Mill, in SW 1/4 section 26, the Chancellor Mine. 7 miles northwest of the pass, in the center of S 1/2 of section 27, is the New Light Mine. 10 miles northwest of the pass, at the head of Barron Creek, in NW 1/4 section 27, is the Baltimore Mine. On both sides of the Cascade summit about 10 miles south of Canada, is the Gold Ridge Mine. Near the head of Cascade Creek, in SW 1/4 section 24 T38N R16E, is the Anacortes Mine. In Allen Basin, in section 34 T38N R17E, the Allen Basin Mine is located.

Glacier

Out of Glacier by 5 miles in section 36 T40N R7E is the First Chance Mine.

Mount Baker Lodge

Near Mount Baker Lodge is the Iron Cap Mine. West of Wells Creek and South of the North Fork of the Nooksack River, 2 miles by trail from the Nooksack Forest Camp, in section 6 T39N R8E, is the Great Excelsior Mine. Four miles below Mount Baker Lodge, near the Highway, in section 20 T39N R9E is the Verona Mine.

Nooksack

Near the E 1/4 corner section 35 T40N R4E is the Nooksack Mine.

Shuksan

Shuksan, is in the Mount Baker District, in the north central part of the county, between latitude 48 degrees 50 minutes and 49 degrees 0 minutes N, longitude 122 degrees 25 minutes and 122 degrees 35 minutes W, on the North side of Mount Baker. Northeast of Shuksan, about 1 mile southeast of Twin Lakes, near the head of the West Fork of Silesia Creek, in SE 1/4 section 15 T40N R9E is the Lone Jack Mine which was a major producer. On the south side of Red Mountain, there is a trail from Twin Lakes, in SW 1/4 section 4 is the Gargett Mine. North of Shuksan 2 miles, on Swap Creek, in NW 1/4 section 21 is the Evergreen Mine. Two miles south of Canada, in NE 1/4 section 4 is the Boundary Red Mountain Mine, which is accessible by road and trail from Chilliwack, B.C.. There are very many other mines in the area.

Stevens County Washington Gold

Stevens County Washington Gold

Since 1902 there have been 204 lode gold mines and 21 placer mines in Stevens County. Most of the total production of 52,145 ounces of gold came from the lode mines in Stevens County. The Columbia River contains placer gold over its entire length through the county. The bench placers were very rich also along the Columbia River.

Aladdin

West of Aladdin, on the J.W. Scott Ranch, in Section 6 T37N R41E is the Scott Mine, which produced lode gold.

Arden

Out of Arden 2.5 miles, in the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of section 34 T35N R39E, is the Rocky Lake Mine, which consisted of 8 claims for lode gold in base metal ores.

Bluecreek

Northwest 1.5 miles from Bluecreek in SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of section 34, T35N R39E, is the Krug (Hartford) Mine. It consisted of 10 claims which produced mostly copper, but minor lode gold. Southwest from Bluecreek 2.5 miles in N 1/2 of NE 1/2 of section 2 T32N R39E, is the Liberty Copper Mine, which consisted of 6 claims for lode gold, copper and silver.

Bossburg

South of Bossburg 5 miles in section 22 T37N R38E, is the Sandoz Placer, which was very productive. Between Bossburg and Marcus, on the east side of the Columbia River, in sections 16 and 21 T37N R38E, is the Valbush Bar Placers.

Boyds

Outside of Boyds 2 miles, in NW 1/4 section 3 T37N R37E is the Napoleon Mine, which produced lode gold as a by product of its copper and iron production.

Cedonia

Northeast of Cedonia 10.5 miles and about .25 miles north of the Addy-Bissell Road, in the Southwest corner of section 19 T32N R38E, is the Columbia Tungsten Mine. This was a Tungsten mine, but also produced gold, silver, molybdenum and zinc.

Chewelah

East of Chewelah 1.5 miles, in north part of section 7 T32N R41E, is the Chewelah Standard Mine. Out of Chewelah 6 miles near center N 1/4 section 32 T33N R41E, is the Chinto Mine. West of Chewelah 18 miles, is the Belle of the Mountain Mine and the Blue Belle Mine. There are very many other mines in the Kaniksu National Forest.

Daisy

Out of Daisy 2.5 miles along the Columbia River is the Collins Placer Mine.

Evans

Near Evans, in sections 29 and 32 T39N R39E, is the Nobles Placer Mine. Out of Evans 1.5 miles and 1,000 feet East of Highway 22, in section 15 and 22 T37N R38E, is the Gold Bar Mine.

Kettle Falls

East of Kettle Falls 1 mile is the Gold Hill Mine. In the SW 1/4 section 16 T36N R38E, is the City View Mine. Northeast of Kettle Falls 2 miles in the S 1/2 of the SE 1/4 section 7, the Sunday Mine. In the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 section 9, on top of hill, is the Gold Reef Mine. In the SW 1/4 section 4, is the Gold Ledge Mine. Out of Kettle Falls 6 miles, below town in section 29 T35N R37E, is the Holsten Placer. South a little farther and 1 mile off Highway 22, near center N 1/2 section 11, the Ark Mine is located.

Loon Lake

North of Loon Lake by 6 miles, near the center of section 33 T31N R41E is the Loon Lake Copper Mine. This mine produced copper with minor gold and silver production.

Northport

In the area north along the Columbia River to the Canadian line is the Evans Placer. The Evans Placer camp in on the west bank of reservoir just north of town. The Evans Placer was a lease of 5 miles along the east shore which produced abundant placer gold form rich deposits. On Onion Creek, is the Alice May Mine. West of Northport 1 mile on Sheep Creek, in section 25 T40N R39E, is the St. Crispin Mine. Southeast of Northport 3 miles, on the North side of Fish Creek, in SW 1/4 section 16 T39N R40E is the Northport Mine. Near the road in NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 section 7 T40N R40E is the Elvick Mine.

Orient

The Orient district, in the far northwest corner of the county, between Latitude 48 degrees 50 minutes and 48 degrees 56 minutes N and Longitude 118 degrees and 5 minutes and 118 degrees and 10 minutes W formed in 1902 formed in 1902 with 86 mines currently listed in T39 and 40 N R36 and 37 E. The total production of the Orient district is listed at 45,057 ounces.

Rockcut

East of Rockcut 1 mile, on flat bench in section 1 T39N R36E, is the Abe Lincoln Mine, which produced lode gold with copper. Out of town 4 miles, near the center of section 19 T40N R37E, is the White Elephant Mine. Northeast of town 5 miles, in section 19 and 30 T40N R37E, is the F.H. and C. (Faith, Hope and Charity) Mine.

Springdale

Out of Springdale 2 miles, on Douglas Mountain, in sections 11 and 12 T31N R39E, is the Dumbolton Mine, which produced lode gold with mercury and tin. On the East slope of Huckleberry Range near the summit, in NW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 section 36 T31N R38E, is the Wells Fargo Mine, this mine primarily produced antimony, but lode gold, lead, silver and zinc were by products.

Valley

West of Valley 9 miles and 1 mile North, in SE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of section 9, T31N R39E, is the Edna Mine.

Snohomish County Washington Gold

Snohomish County Washington Gold

Snohomish County contains 236 lode mines and 42 placer mines. Most of the gold came from the Monte Cristo and Silverton Districts.

Darrington

Near Darrington, on Deer Creek, is the Deer Creek Placers which were very productive. South of town on White Horse Mountain in Section 14 T32N R8E, is the Calf Moose Placer which produced some nice nuggets. In section 13, is the Cow Moose Placer, which was very productive as well. On the west side of the Sauk River, near Darrington, in NW 1/4 of section 22 T32N R9E, is the Darrington Placer, which was very heavily worked. In T32N R9E, on Jumbo Mountain, in section 27 (SE 1/4), is the Queen Anne Mine. The Queen Anne Mine was a base metal mine that produced a by product of gold. On the east side of Gold Mountain, in NW 1/4 section 27, is the Elwell-Darrington Mine and Burns Prospect. These mines produced lode gold and copper. In the NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 29, five miles from Darrington, is the Sunrise (North Star, Oldfield) Mine. This mine was 4 claims that produced lode gold. On the north side of the mountain, in section 32, is the Sloman Mine, which produced lode gold, copper and silver. In section 24 T32N R9E and section 19 T32N R10E is the Blue Bird Mine. The Blue Bird Mine was a base metals and silver mine that produced a by product of gold. On the west side of Gold Mountain, in NW 1/4 section 18 T32N R10E, is the Burns Mine, which consisted of 7 claims for lode gold with copper and silver. In the area 7 miles from Bedel and 7 miles from Barlow Pass, is the Perm Mine, which produced lead, silver and zinc with a by product of gold.

Index

West of Index by .5 miles, on the North side of the Skykomish River, NE 1/4 of section 19 T27N R10E, is the Line a Little Placer, which consisted of 2 claims for placer gold. This was a real productive mine. Out of Index 9 miles on the North Fork of the Skykomish River, in sections 19 and 20 T28N R11E, is the Bonnie Belle Placer. On the west slope of Iron Mountain, possibly in section 29 T28N R11E, is the Black Hawk Mine. The Black Hawk was a lode mine that comprised 4 claims.

Monte Cristo

The Monte Cristo district, is in the south central part of the county which with the Index, Silverton, Silver Creek and Sultan districts make a territory 20 miles long and 10 miles wide extending from the center of the county to the King County Line that produces considerable amounts of gold. In SE 1/4 section 3 T28N R11E, the area along Silver Creek, is the Remonille Mine. This mine was a lode gold mine consisting of 3 claims. On the west side of Silver Creek, in section 6, is the Red Cloud Mine. This mine was a lode gold, silver and lead mine. On the west side of Silver Creek, in NE 1/4 section 19, is the Michigan Mine which produced lode gold , silver and lead. There are many mines in the area of the Michigan Mine. Northeast .25 miles, in section 22 T29N R11E, is the Rainy (Ben Lomond) Mine, 3 claims which produced lode gold and silver. In section 22, 1 mile east of Monte Cristo, is the Keystone Mine, which produced lode gold, copper, lead and silver. Nearby in section 26, is the Monte Cristo (Mystery Pride) Mine. The Monte Cristo Mine, consisted of 14 claims, primarily for copper, lead, silver and zinc, but also produced a by product of gold. Half mile northeast of Goat Lake, in SE 1/4 of section 2, is the Glory of the Mountain Mine, which consisted of 7 claims for lode gold and silver. West 2.5 miles on the east slope of the ridge dividing the Sauk, sultan and Stilaguamish waterways, overlooking Crater Lake, is the Del Campo Mine. In section 33 T29N R11E , on the north side of Silver Creek, .25 miles east of Red Gulch, in W 1/2 of section 32, is the Mineral Center Mine. 2 miles from Monte Cristo on the Mineral City road, is the Good Hope Mine. On the east side of the East Fork of Silver Creek, is the Minnehaha Mine. In the Wilmon Peak Area, on the northwest side, in section 27 T29N R11E, overlooking Monte Cristo, is the Justice Mine. On the west slope, in NE 1/4 section 27, is the Peabody Mine. On the West side of Weden Creek, is the Northwest Consolidated Mine. You will find lots of mines on the USGS map of the area.

Silverton

Just west of Silverton, on Marten Creek, in NW 1/4 section 11 T30N R9E, is the Silver Coin Mine. Southeast of that by .5 miles, at the mouth of Silver Gulch are many old mines. Northeast of Silver Gulch by 2 miles in sections 8 and 9 T30N R10E, is the Double Eagle Placer which was very productive. On the south side of the Stilaguamish River, at the foot of Huckleberry Ridge in sections 17-19, is the Eclipse Mine.

Sultan

At the west end of Sultan, on the Sultan River, T28N R8E, is the Sultan River Placer, which was probably in section 31. The Sultan River is very rich for placer gold. Numerous placer deposits on this River.

Skamania County Washington Gold

Skamania County Washington Gold

There are 27 lode mines and 2 placer operations listed in Skamania County as being gold producing in history of the county. The best chances to find gold bearing deposits of are McCoy Creek, Camp Creek and Quartz Creek areas.

McCoy Creek

On Mccoy Creek, in T10N R8E, in section 15 is the Hudson and Meyers Placers which were very rich. In section 10, is the Perry Mine, which was a lode gold mine in arsenopyrite. Along both sides of Camp Creek in Section 10, the Primary Gold Mine and the adjoining Bruhn Mine. Both of these produced free milling gold and platinum. The Primary Gold Mine can be accessed 4 miles by trail from end of the Niggerhead Road. In the creek bars and bench gravels, the Camp Creek placers were very productive.

Quartz Creek

On the north side of Quartz Creek, in SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 section 7 T8N R8E, is the Plamondon Mine. You can access 3.5 miles by trail from end of road. This mine was 29 claims and produced gold in chalcedonic quartz.

Spirit Lake

Northwest of Spirit Lake, in extreme northwest corner of the county, on Black Mountain, in sections 2, 3, 10, 11 T10N R5E is the location of the Independence Mine. This mine was 6 claims that produce copper, lead, silver and minor gold. Opposite Spirit Lake is the Minnie Lee Mine, which was a lode gold with copper and silver mine. Near Grizzly Creek, probably in section 20, is the Grizzly Creek Mine. You can access this by trail. It produced lode gold with lead and silver. Northeast of spirit lake,in T10N R6E, in sections 8 and 17, is the Germania Mine. The Germania Mine was 12 claims for lode gold and copper. Near the W 1/4 corner section 16 is the Golconda Mine. You can access the Golconda mine .5 miles up Ryan Lake trail from the Green River Trail.

Stevenson

Northwest of Stevenson, in E 1/2 section 25 T4N R5E, is the Texas Gulch Placer, which was very productive.

Skagit County Washington Gold

Skagit County Washington Gold

The area along the Skagit River, almost entire length through Skagit County in Washington State, in stream and gravel bars and adjacent benches and terraces contain placer gold. Near the head waters of Ruby Creek, is the Ruby Creek Placer, which was the first gold discovery west of the Cascades.

Anacortes

In the city limits of Anacortes, T35N R1E N 1/2 of section 25, is the Stephens (Fidalgo) Mine. The Stephens Mine was a copper-silver mine with a by product of gold. In the area bench black sand deposits are the Anacortes placers. Southwest of town 3.5 miles from town center is the Anacopper Mine, which also produced a by product of gold from a copper-silver operation. Out of town 4.5 miles, in T34N R1E sections 1 and 2 is the Fidalgo Island Mine which also was a by product mine. Southwest of town 6 miles is the Matrix Mine which also produced gold from a by product of its copper ores.

Fidalgo Island

Along the area beaches on the entire shoreline you can find placer gold in black sand deposits.

Lyman

The area of Day Creek is where the Day Creek placers were located. They are said to be very rich.

Marblemount

In the Marblemount area of Johnsburg, on the south side of the North Fork of the Cascade River, in the W 1/2 of Section 25 and the E 1/2 of section 26 of T35N R13E, is the Midas Mine. The Midas Mine consist of 5 claims with minor gold, lead, silver and zinc ores. Southeast of the Midas Mine, in the SE 1/4 section 25 and NW 1/4 section 36, is the Soldier Boy Mine, 5 claims for lode gold with copper, silver, zinc.

Mt. Vernon

Southeast of Mt. Vernon on Devils Mountain, in S 1/2 section 4 T33N R4E, is the Mt. Vernon (Devils Mt. Pacific) Mine. This mine consisted of 2,100 acres overlapping into adjoining sections. They are producing free gold in nickel-chromite ores. East of Mt. Vernon, near the summit of Bald Mountain, in Section 17 T34N R6E, is the Bald Mt. Mine. The Bald Mt. Mine was a copper mine that produced a by product of gold.

Pierce County Washington Gold

Pierce County Washington Gold

The most likely spots to prospect are in the Eastern part of Pierce County. The White River and its tributary, Silver Creek would be my choices. Morse Creek or Silver Creek may be a good choices if you want to find bigger nuggets.

Campbell Mine

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E, on the south end of Crystal Mountain, at head of Silver Creek, is the Campbell Mine. it can be reached 3 miles by trail from the end of the Morse Creek Road. It consisted of 5 claims for lode gold.

Current Mine

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 35, is the current Mine. It consisted of 9 claims that produced lode gold and silver.

Morse Creek Placers

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, near the head of Morse Creek, is the location of the Morse Creek Placers.

Ogren Placer

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 12, is the location of the Ogren Placer.

Silver Creek Mine

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 25, is the location of the Silver Creek Mine. It can be reached by trail from end of road up Silver Creek. It was a lode gold mine.

Silver Creek Placers

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 25 NE 1/4, is the location of the Silver Creek Placers. It produced coarse gold nuggets and was very productive.

Washington Cascade (New Deal) Mine

In the far east part of the county, adjacent to the Yakima County Line, in the Summit district, Township 17N Range 10E Section 25, is the location of the Washington Cascade Mine. It can be reached 7 miles by road from the Chinook Pass highway. It produced lode gold and silver.

Pend Oreille County Washington Gold

Pend Oreille County Washington Gold

There were 38 lode mines and 5 placer mines reported in Pend Oreille County up until 1959. Probably the most likely places to prospect would be on the Pend Oreille River and its Tributary, Sulivan Creek, above Metaline Falls.

Browns Lake Placers

In Township 34N Range 44E at the east end of Brown’s Lake, in the NW 1/4 NE 1/4 section 24, is the location of the Browns Lake Placers.

Deemer Mine

In section 2 Township 39N Range 45E, is the Deemer Mine. It consisted of 5 claims, that used open cuts. Most of the open cuts are caved in now. This was a lode mine.

Farmer Jones Mine

Out of Newport 4 miles, in Pine Canyon, is the Farmer Jones Mine and Mill. It produced lode gold.

Gilbert Mine

In section 24, Township 31N Range 44E, is the location of the Gilbert Mine. This mine processed free milling gold in quartz.

Hansen Mine

In section 14 Township 30N Range 43E, 1 mile from road, is the Hansen Mine. It produced copper, lead, zinc and a by product of gold.

Harvey Bar Placer

On the Pend Oreille River, .5 miles west of Slate Creek Road, in the north center section 26 Township 40N R43E, is the location of the Harvey Bar Placer Mine.

Isabella Mine

In Township 34N Range 44E in section 26 SE 1/4 NW 1/4, is the Isabella Mine. It produced lode gold with copper and silver.

Nevell Mine

In Township 30N Range 43E, on the main highway, in section 24, is the Nevell Mine. It produced lode gold and silver.

Schierding Placer

On the east side of the Pend Oreille River, just below mount of the Z Canyon gorge, 2.5 miles west of Crescent Lake, is the location of the Schierding Placer. This placer was worked using a dragline dredge and produced some nice nuggets.

Schultz Placer

Placer gold can be found near the southeast corner of section 19 township 39N range 43E, in a draw near Schultz’s Cabin. This was the location of The Schultz Placer.

Sullivan (O’Sullivan) Creek Placer

On Sullivan Creek, near Metaline Falls, is the Sullivan Creek Placer. Nuggets up to 2 ounces have been found here.

Sunrise Mine

In section 22 Township 30N Range 44E, is the Sunrise Mine. It was a lode gold and silver mine.

Wold Mine

In the northeast 1/4 section 24 Township 30N Range 43E, is the Wold Mine. It was a lode gold producer.

Pacific County Washington Gold

Pacific County Washington Gold

Fort Canby

You can find placer gold in the black sand deposits at the mouth of the Columbia River. Also platinum is said to be contained in the sand.

Ilwaco

Just south of Ilwaco, on island at the mouth of the Columbia River, is the location of the Sand Island Placers. It was productive for gold and Platinum.

Naselle

At the mouth of the Naselle River, on the beach along Chetlo Harbor peninsula, about .5 miles from U.S. 101, is the Chetlo Harbor Mine. It had a vein 3 feet wide and 300 feet along the beach.

Ocean Park

On the area beaches in the black sand deposits, you can find very fine placer gold and platinum.



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