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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

King County Washington Gold

King County Washington Gold

There is a history of some 99 lode mines and 4 placer operations in King County, Washington. This area is primarily a lode gold area, but who knows, maybe you will get lucky.


Baring is located in the north central part of the county and has some history of placer and lode mining. West to the Tolt River in the SE 1/4 section 29 T26N R8E, is the location of the Tolt River Placer. It is reported that in this location you can find fine gold in the top 24″ of river bar material. In section 15 T26N R10E, is the Yellow Jacket Mine. It consisted of 10 claims that produced gold and silver. Southwest of Baring you can find the Climax claims that produced a by product of gold with silver in chalocopyrite.


In section 6 T19N R8E, is the location of the White River Mine and stamp mill. It was operated in 1890 for lode gold.


Grotto is located in the northeast corner of the county. In sections 29, 30 and 31 of T26N R11E is the location of the Money Creek district. The Aaron lode gold mine is located here. In sections 20 and 29, in the stream gravels of Money Creek is the Money Creek Placer Mine. Near the headwaters of Money Creek, in SW 1/4 section 34 T26N R10E, in the Miller River District, is many old mines. The Apex Mine produced gold, copper, lead and sliver. Close by the Apex, in section 33 are the Damon and Pythias Mines, which produced lode gold with lead and copper. In section 30 T26N R11E, is the Bergeson Mine, which produced gold from arsenopyrite ore. In sections 31 and 32, 2 miles from Money Creek, is the Kimball Mine. It produced Lode gold, with antimony and silver. Eight miles up the Miller River from its mouth and 2 miles by trial, in section 13 T25N R10E, is the Coney Basin Mine. It consisted of 14 claims that produced gold as a by product of its copper, lead, silver and zinc mining.

North Bend
Gold is found along much of the length of the North Fork of the Snoqualmi River. Half mile up Illinois creek in sections 8 and 9 T25N R10E, is the Beaverdale Mine. The Rushing Mine is 6 claims that produced lode gold in the same area. In the Buena Vista district, in section 7 and 18, is the Lennox Mine. It was 45 claims, with bunkhouse, mess hall and stamp mill. Two miles by trail from the North Fork of the Snoqualmi River and about 3.5 miles above the Lennox River, in sections 9 and 10, is the Luck Strike Mine, which produced lode gold, silver and copper. Near the head of the North fork of the Snoqualmi River, in NW 1/4 section 4, is the Monte Carlo Mine. It consisted of 13 claims that produced lode gold and silver. East of there on a dirt road to the Taylor River district, in section 16 T24N R10E, is the Rainy Mine. Near Snoqualmi Pass, on the South fork of the Snoqualmi River, in sections 7 and 8 T22N R11E, is the Carmack Mine. It consisted of 5 claims that produced gold, copper, lead and silver.

West by Northwest, along the Snoqualmi River, in bars and bench gravels is where the Snoqualmi River Placer was operated. If you to North by Northeast, along the Raging River, in the gravel bars you can also find placer gold.

Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie
The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River is also called the Taylor River, it is located East of North Bend Washington off of I-90, you access the area by taking exit 34 and proceed North, the road along the river is dirt but well maintained. Watch for gravel bars, I have panned this river with good success in placer gold, also small nuggets have been found.


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