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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Kittitas County Washington Gold

Kittitas County Washington Gold

The gold producing areas in Kittitas County are close to the town of Republic. Most of the county had small production amounts, but there were many lode and placer mines in the county. The placer gold in this county is mostly fine, but large nuggets have been found. Around 40,000 ounces was all that has been reported, but record keeping in the county has been poor.

Cle Elum
Along the Cle Elum River, near town, the Cle Elum Placer was very productive. From the head waters to about halfway down to the mouth is best. On Mammoth Mountain, you will find the Broncho Mine. It was a lode gold mine. East of Eagle Mountain, is the location of the Mammoth Mine, it had a by product of gold. On Fortune Creek is the location of the Queen of the Hills and Ruby Mines. The Queen of the Hills was a lode gold mine, but the Ruby Mine produced primarily antimony, copper, lead, silver with a by product of gold. In township 23 N, range 14 E is the location of the Silver Bell Mine. It was located in Stevens Gulch. In Section 12 of the township is the Silver Creek Mine. On Hawkins Mountain, near the southwest corner of section 24 is the Cle Elum Mine and nearby is the Cascade Mine. All produced lode gold, silver with some lead. In the NW 1/4 section 25 is the Maude O. Mine, which produced free gold in pyrite. In the south 1/2 of section 244 and the northeast 1/4 of sec 25 is the Ida Elmore Mine.

In the Liberty area you will find the Black Jack and Sunflower Placers, which were very productive. At township 20N, range 17E, section 1 there are a few mines. In the SW 1/4, The Old Bigney Placer will be found. In the N 1/2, the Ewell (Flag Mountain) Mine, Stamp mill produced lode gold. Along Williams Creek, near town and at the junction with Swauk Creek, is the location of the Williams Creek Placer. It had good pay gravel within 4 foot of bedrock and 70-80 feet below present stream level. About 3/4 mile up Williams Creek, in section 2, is the location of the Ollie Jordan Mine. This mine had rich, erratic pockets of free and wire gold. In the Cougar Gulch area in T21N R4E, 4 mile up gulch, in SE1/4 of SW1/4 of section 26 is the Cascade Chief Mine which produced free milling gold. 5 1/2 miles up the gulch (1 1/2 miles by trail), in section 30, the Wall Street Mine, consisted of 3 claims for lode gold. All bed and bench bars in Cougar Gulch, below the mines you can find abundant gold colors.

Out of Ronald by 20 miles to just north of Camp Creek, on the line between sections 25 and 26 of T23N R14E, is the location of the Camp Creek Mine. This mine consisted of 4 claims of lead, silver, zinc and by product of gold. 24 miles out by road and trail on the east side of the Cle Elum River, in sections 26 and 27 of T24N R14E, is the Aurora (Lynch, Paramount) Mine. It consisted of 16 claims producing free milling gold with copper and silver. West of The Aurora, on Eagle Mountain, is the location of the American Eagle Mine and the nearby Boss Mine. Both were lode gold mines with by product silver.

On Red Mountain, near Thorp, is The Thorp Mine, which produced lode gold and silver.

North of Virden, between Latitude 47 deg. 14 min. and 47 deg. 16 min. N, Longitude 120 deg. 28 min. and 120 deg. 42 min. W, is the Swauk district, which had a total production of 7,141 ounces of lode gold and 4,972 ounces of placer gold between 1868 and 1959. In the area around the Blewett Pass Highway, is the Gold Reef Mine, which produced lode gold and silver. At T20N, R17E, at the junction of Boulder and Williams Creek, in section 1, is the Boulder Creek Placer. It is said that the pay dirt on bedrock in this area is very good. On the East Fork of Williams Creek, the Gold Leaf Mine produced free gold, sometimes found in beautiful octohedral crystals. On Snowshoe Ridge, in section 2, is the location of the Clarence Jordan Mine. This mine consisted of 3 claims which produced gold and silver. In the NE 1/4 of section 3, is the Cedar Creek Placer. In sections 3 and 10 is the Swauk Mining and Dredging Placer, which was a very productive large scale operation. In section 10 is the Bryant (Deer Gulch) Placer. In the NE 1/4, the Burcham Placer is found and in the SE 1/4 is the Dennett Placer, all of which were productive. Along Baker Creek, above its junction with Swauk Creek, is the Baker Creek Placer. In the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 section 13, T21N R17E is the Golden Fleece (Mercer, T-Bone) Mine. It consisted of 3 claims, mill which produced free milling gold, silver and pyrite. In section 33 is the Bear Cat Placer, which was productive. In the NE 1/4 section 15 is the Sylvanite Mine, which produced free milling gold. Near the head of Swauk Creek, in section 8, T21N R18E, is the Zerwekh (Big Z) mine, which produced free gold.

The Liberty Mining District in the Central Cascades of Washington State has consistently produced gold. The first discovery was in the late 1800′s, and over the years the area has seen everything from hard rock mining to bucket line dredges. Currently removed from active claiming, the area is open to anyone who wants to give prospecting a try. The area starts at the bridge on highway 97 over Swauk Creek just south of the Liberty turnoff and is open almost up to the pass. Any part of the creek within 200 feet of the highway has been removed from mineral entry and is open for panning, sluicing, dredging and highbanking. Permits are required however for any movement of material by mechanical means. (i.e. dredge and highbanker) Permits are available from the State offices in Olympia. The area is known for its “Wire Gold”, but the finds today are rather small specimens. Mostly, the finds range from specks to small nuggets, especially since we had a couple of floods over the last few winters that moved new material into the streambeds. However there are still a few rare, large nuggets found that weigh in ounces rather than dwt.


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