From 1896 until 1959 Ferry County produced a minimum of 839,000 ounces of gold. Most of that came from the Republic district, with about 6,000 ounces coming from the Danville District and Columbia River Placer Mines. From 1904 until 1928 Ferry County lead Washington in total production of gold. There were 164 lode mines and 35 placer mines in Ferry County.


South of Aeneas, to Lyman Lake, is where you will find the Crown Point Mine. It was a very productive lode gold mine.


13 miles northeast of Republic is Belcher district. Northeast of Belcher 1 mile, you will find the Belcher Mine. It produced lode gold, copper, and iron. 1 mile west of that, in section 31 T38N R34E, you will find the Winnipeg Mine. It was a lode gold, copper and iron mine. Near the center of the E 1/2 of section 18, is the Pin Money Mine, which produced gold, silver, copper, nickel and cobalt. In the NE 1/4 of section 6, is the Hawkeye Mine, it produced gold, copper, silver and iron.


Near the mouth of Stray Dog Creek, in section 12 T31N R36E, is the Blue Bar Placer mine in the Columbia River. It is annually renewed with flour gold. On the Columbia River 2 miles above the Blue Bar, near Turtle Rapids, is the Turtle Rapids Placer Mine. It consisted of a terrace 60 feet above highwater line for several miles along the Columbia River. The paystreak was several inches thick and was worked by Chinese Miners. East of that in section 6 T31N R37E, on a Columbia River Bar, is the Thompson Placer Mine.


Curlew is located northeast of Republic. Near the N 1/4 section 6 T39N R34E is the Panama Mine. This produced lode gold, with silver, copper, lead and zinc.


On Big Goosmus Creek, is the Goosmus Creek Placer Mine. It was very productive along a narrow creek bottom. South of that 3 miles, is the Danville Mine, it was a rich lode mine. On the east side of Kettle Creek, in SW 1/4 section 16 T40N R34E, is the Morning Star Mine. It consisted of 10 claims, producing gold, pyrite, copper and tungsten.


Near Gerome, on the North Bank of the Columbia River, in section 4 T29N R36E, is the Wilmont Bar Placer. It consisted of 2 terraces 20 feet and 100 feet above the river. It had abundant placer gold, cerium and thorium.

Grand Coulee Dam

6 miles upriver from the Grand Coulee Dam, on the north side, in section 17 T28N R32E, is the plum Bar Placer. It was worked heavily in 1938-39.


From Hunters down the Columbia River 2 miles, on the west bank, in section 23 T30N R36E is the location of the Rogers Bar Placer. It consisted of 1,500 acres and 3.5 mile long. There were rich terraces 30, 75 and 100 feet above the river. In the area all low water bars contain placer gold and platinum.


East of Keller, to the Columbia River, via dirt road, near the mouth of Ninemile Creek, probably in section 16 T29N R25E, is the location of the Ninemile Placer. The terrace deposits 30 and 100 feet above the river produced well. The paystreak in each lever 1-3 feet thick produced flake gold. The Chinese Miners worked this in the early days. Southeast to the Columbia River on a road 3 miles above the mouth of the Spokane River, in section 11 T25N R35E, is the Threemile Placer. It produced flour gold and large very thin flakes. At the mouth of Sixmile Creek, 6 miles above the Spokane River, in section 34, is the Sixmile placer, which produced flour and flake gold.

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North of Meteor 3 miles, in the NW 1/4 section 5 T32N R36E, is the Gold Twenty Mine. It was a lode gold mine that also produced lead and silver.


Along the Columbia River, between the mouths of the Nespelem and Kettle rivers to the south and east of Grand Coulee Dam, there is gold in all bars and terrace gravels.


Opposite Peach, on the north side of the Columbia River, in section 15 and 16 T27N R35E, is the Kirby Bar Placers. Between town and the mouth of the Spokane River, the Large Island in the Columbia River, is the Peach Island Placer Mine. It had very productive gravel.


The Republic district, which is 25 miles south of Canada, is the most consistent gold producer in Washington State. It had a total recorded production of 836,393 gold ounces from 1896-1959. SW of Republic .5 miles, is the Republic Mine. It consisted of 13 patented claims that produced lode gold, silver and selenium. A half mile out further, in S 1/2 of SW 1/4 of section 34 T37N R32E, is the Morning Glory Mine. Southwest 1 mile near the base of the east slope of Copper Mountain, near Center of section 12 T36N R32E, is the Princess Maude Mine. In Section 4, the Alva Stout Placer Mine is located. Northwest 1 mile near the west line of NW 1/4 section 35 T37N R32E is the Insurgent Mine and adjoining on the east, the Lone Pine Mine. The Last Chance Mine is close by. On the east side of Eureka Gulch, near SW 1/4 section 35, is the Quilp Mine. Northwest 2 miles on west side of Eureka Gulch, on line between sections 34 and 27 T37N R32E, is the Ben-Hur Mines, which were all lode mines. In the same area is the Day Mine, which had 92 patented claims. At the head of Eureka Gulch in the W 1/2 of SE 1/4 of section 27, is the Knob Hill Mine, which was 13 patented claims. In 1960 the Knob Hill Mine was the most productive mine in America.