Lincoln County Washington Gold

The area along the Columbia River from the Grand Coulee Dam to Lincoln, in all low water river gravel bars and upper terrace gravels contain placer gold. It is usually very fine, but abundant. On the east side of the Columbia River in sections 12 and 13 T27N R35E, is the location of the China Bar Placer Mine. It consisted of 260 acres and was worked on terrace and river gravels. At the SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of section 8 T28N R33E, is the location of the Clark Placer Mine. It was very productive and extensively worked in the late 1930′s. Opposite the mouth of the Sanpoil River, in the east 1/2 of section 8, is the Keller Ferry Placer mine, it is said to have abundant fine gold. I the south 1/2 of section 9, is the Winkelman Bar Placer and it too had fine gold reported in abundant quantities.

Creston Ferry

Creston Ferry is located in section 2 of T27N R34E and The Creston Ferry Placer was working a river bench deposit, before 1910. This area is said to be rich with very fine micron placer gold.


A few miles above Sanpoil is the Hell Gate and Peach Bars. They contain very fine placer gold deposits. Northeast of Davenport about 10 miles, in Mill Canyon , is the Iron Crown Mine, It was 5 claims of lode gold with copper. North of Davenport 20 miles, in steep valley on the northwest side of Pitney Butte, in the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of section 32 T28N R37E, is the location of the Fouress Mine. It was 5 claims that were primarily for copper, lead, silver and zinc, but had a by product of gold.

Grand Coulee Dam

The Grand Coulee Dam is in Ferry County, but if you go east 15 miles to Lincoln county you will find the Latta and Phillips placers. They worked the terrace gravels for placer gold.


East of the Grand Coulee, .5 miles below ferry at Swawilla, in section 7 T28N R33E, is the Barnell Placer Mine. In 1938 it produced from $300 to $400 a week when gold was $20 an ounce.