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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.

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.

Liberty
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.

Ronald
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.

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

Virden
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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