Category: Tourist Attractions

California gold mining operations that offer public tours.

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Empire Mine State Park

The Empire Mine has been on our list to explore for several years. We finally got a chance to drop…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
3.00 / 5
Views
480
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Skidoo Mill

Skidoo, located in Death Valley National Park was famous in the early 1900′s. Producing over 75,000 ounces of gold. But…

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Location
Death Valley
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
699
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Malakoff Diggins

Malakoff Diggins is California’s largest hydraulic gold mine. There are no shafts (except for massive drain tunnels) because the gold…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
3.50 / 5
Views
551
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Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town is a former silver mining town that was transformed into a family attraction by Walter Knot of…

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Location
Mojave
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
615
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16 to 1 Mine

The 16 to 1 Mine is one of the big boys on the block. Originally producing over one million ounces…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
694
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Kennedy Gold Mine

Originally I had written off the Kennedy as a mine to tour because it lacked a stamp mill or tunnel…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
533
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Kentucky Mine Museum

The Kentucky Mill is one of the best preserved stamp mills I have had the pleasure to visit. A large…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
638
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Bodie State Park

William Bodie discovered gold here in 1859 and a mill constructed in 1861. By 1880 10,000 people lived in Bodie.…

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Location
Eastern Sierra's
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
484
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Wall Street Mill

The Wall Street two stamp mill is located in the Joshua Tree National Park. The dry desert air along with…

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Location
Joshua Tree
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
416
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Mariposa Museum and History Center

Mariposa is a true California Gold Rush town without a doubt. It started as a mining camp 6 miles away…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
455
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Burro Schmidt Tunnel

William “Burro” H. Schmidt began gold mining in the area in 1906. Rather than haul his ore over the steep…

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Location
Mojave
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
501
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Forest City

Forest City California now called “Forest, CA” is a real lost gem. Settled in 1850 and named Brownsville in 1852…

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Location
Mother Lode
Rating
4.00 / 5
Views
523
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