Category: California Gold Mines

California Gold Mines are famous world wide. From Placer operations to Hard Rock tunnels, California has tens of thousands. Listed here are only a few. Some are gold mines you can visit with your family to learn more about California’s gold mining history.
California’s rich gold mining heritage is fading at an alarming rate. Mines fade into the landscape as they collapse and cover with brush. Stamp Mills deteriorate and collapse, many have been burned by forest fires and vandals. Over growth quickly consumes them.
Each year there are fewer and fewer mines open for public tours due to growing safety concerns and lack of financing.
Get off the couch and visit real California history, tour a real gold mine!

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Hamby Mine

According to Mindat.org the Hambey operated from 1900 to 1916 and sooner. Workings include underground openings comprised of a vertical 300 foot shaft with levels at 200 feet (the vein is 220 feet from the shaft at this depth), and at…

Omega Mine

  The Omega Mine is located just west of Forest City along Oregon Creek. Of all the mines in the area we have visited the Omega has the least amount of history out on the web. Basically all I could…

Kate Hardy Mine

  The Kate Hardy Mine is located west of Forest City and Alleghany. Mining began in 8160 and purchased by Will Beggs in 1909 and managed by the Beggs family for many decades. The mine is now owned by the Brush…

Discovery-Dondero Mine

The Discovery Dondero Mine was submitted by Sean Berry-Kelly who also took the photos. Sean writes; “This is a now an abandoned mine, down a 2 mile access road off of Yankee hill road, in Columbia, CA. The mine is…

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

In the foothills above the affluent San Jose suburb of Almaden Valley lies dozens of mercury mines and the ruins from nearly 140 years of mining operations. The area features several furnaces, dozens of shafts, bunk houses, offices, equipment, railroad…

Gwin Mine

Gwin Mine was posted by an anonymous author who wrote, “It was once the fostoria mine & then asenator bought it. It is really neat & is what started me on my journey of this history”. The Gwin Mine began…

Tarantula Hawk Mine

The Tarantula Mine can only be seen when Lake Don Pedro is at extremely low levels as it was when we visited in November 2014. Part of the Eagle-Shawmut operation, very little history is available on the web. A 1915…

Sutter Gold Mining – North Star Mine

Located right off old Highway 49 is what used to be the North Star Mine (according to USGS Topo) now owned by Sutter Gold Mining Inc.. Sutter Gold offered underground tours in a jeep like buggy for a few years…

Newton Mine

The Newton is the only copper mine so far that we have visited and added to this site. It sits only yards off highway 88 so it was an easy drive bye on our way to Jackson. We didn’t hop…

Treasure Mine

Mining began in the 1850’s with an 8 stamp mill added in 1867. The mine reached a depth of 3030′ on incline and a drift connected to the Bunker Hill Mine to the south. Mining ceased in 1922. This is…

Fremont – Gover Mine

I have never seen a headframe so twisted, mangled and distorted. I really wonder how this happened, to much load, wind, who knows? The claim is composed of several mines with works beginning in the 1850’s and a main shaft…

North Fork Mine

The North Fork Mine was worked from 1875 to the 1930’s with a 13 degree shaft 1000′ long and a crosscut 1000′ long and 3 levels of inclines producing up to $6000 a week, over 50,000 oz of gold. All…

Dawn Mine

The Dawn Mine Trail was a popular  moderate 2.2 mile hike past Millard Falls up to Dawn Mine but the trail was closed and fenced by forest service due to a 2009 fire. In 2011 hikers began reaching the mine through a more…

El Cariso

Located along the 1 mile El Cariso Nature trail is an abandoned mine with an unsealed entrance. A favorite spot among hikers and an easy hike. Access to the El Cariso Trail head is behind the USFS visitors center on…

Jamison Mine (Jamison City)

A popular hiking destination located within Plumas-Eureka State Park. The Jamison was a top producer that once yielded a 52lb nugget. The mine site is also known as Jamison City. Within the valley are the Eureka Tunnel, the Mohawk Mill…

El Dorado Mine

The El Doarado Mine is located at the northern edge of the Whiskytown National Recreation Area. The nps.gov site makes no mention of the mine so it is tough to find history. The mine is a popular hiking destination and…

Laguna Mine (Red Top Mine)

There are hundreds of mines and several headframes in the gold rich hills east of Goldfield NV. Prominent are the Florence Mine, the Little Florence Mine, The Laguna Mine, The Grizzly Mine and the Merger Mine. Only the Florence is…

Merger Mine

There are hundreds of mines and several headframes in the gold rich hills east of Goldfield NV. Prominent are the Florence Mine, the Little Florence Mine, The Laguna Mine, The Grizzly Mine and the Merger Mine. Only the Florence is…

Florence Mine

There are hundreds of mines and several headframes in the gold rich hills east of Goldfield NV. Prominent are the Florence Mine, the Little Florence Mine, The Laguna Mine, The Grizzly Mine and the Merger Mine. Only the Florence is…

Southern Nevada Mine

Located only 1 mile north of Searchlight NV and only a few yards off Highway 95 the Southern Nevada Mine is in remarkable condition. The mill house still stands less the 10 stamp mill, a head frame leading down hundreds…

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