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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Lucy Gray Mine

The Lucy Gray is a popular 4X4 destination. Several structures are still standing in the camp and many adits have been sealed with bat gates but doubtful all as USGS Topo shows dozens of shafts and tunnels in the area. The mine…

Blue Light Mine

The Blue Light Mine has a fascinating yet grim history. Brothers Nicholas and Glen Anderson entered the mine in 2002 and never made it out. Notorius for low oxygen and nautious gasses, the mine was entered by seven divers who…

Noonday Mine

The Noonday is one of three mines frequented in the Shoshone Mines group. Along with the War Eagle and the Columbia these mines are popular among underground enthusiast. The Shoshone Mines Group consist of 11 mines in all around Noonday…

Columbia #2 Mine

The Columbia is one of three mines frequented in the Shoshone Mines group. Along with the War Eagle and the Noonday these mines are popular among underground enthusiast. The Shoshone Mines Group consist of 11 mines in all around Noonday…

May Lundy Mine

The “May Lundy Mine” is located at 11,000 ft on the east side of Mt. Scowden near the Tioga Crest. I doubt anyone has been up there for many years. It operated from 1879 to 1885 and then off and…

Don Alvadore Mine

Not much info is out there on this mine other than production data from the late 1800’s, early 1900’s and a few pictures. The mine’s claim to fame is its working ore cart. It looks old and rusty but it…

Big Bell Mine

The Big Bell Mine (Death Valley) is located in the Chloride Cliffs between Chloride City and the Keane Wonder Mine. Most certainly named after the Big Bell in Australia. This mine as well as Keane are currently closed by the…

Keane Wonder Mine & Mill

The Keane Wonder Mine (Death Valley) was discovered by Jack Keane in the early 1900’s along the Chloride Cliffs below Chloride City. In 1906 investors made the mine a major gold mine and one of the most productive in Death…

Gold Bug Park (Gold Bug Mine & Priest Mine)

The Gold Bug Park features an underground tour of the authentic hard rock mining shaft of “Gold Bug Mine”. The mine started in 1888 and now has a wooden floor and audio tours. You can also tour the older “Priest…

Marshall Gold Discovery – State Historic Park

Here is where the great California Gold Rush began in Jan 1848. James Marshall found gold after trying to clear a larger channel for the water from his sawmill to drain. Though there is no gold mine here it is…

Eagle Mine

There were hundreds of “Eagle” mines in the West but this is the real deal. So close to the millions of residents of LA county but so remote it has rarely been photographed. Apparently a very long and grueling trail-less…

Big Horn Mine

Discovered in 1895 by Tom Vincent the Big Horn Mine was named after the sheep he was hunting. He sold the mine and it was worked for many years. The old stamp mill building still stands but I’m not sure…

Hidden Treasure Gold Mine – Columbia State Historic Park

Matelot Gulch Mining Co. has closed the mine. After a landslide at the mine they were no longer able to continue tours due to the insurance company. I believe they are still mining but without tourist. The location on the…

Eagle and High Peak Mines

This is the real deal. The Eagle and High Peak mines are open for guided tours through a 100o’ tunnel up and down ladders and stairs. Lots of mining equipment including ore carts and a stamp mill. They do not…

Castaic Mine (Castic Mine)

The Castaic Mine is perhaps one of the most infamous LA area gold mines. It is here that legendary gold mine explorer Hugh Blanchard met his death. Property owners next to the mine allege that the mine is on their…

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