Location: Mother Lode

The California Mother Lode is also know as the “Mother Lode” or ” Gold Country” stretches north to south along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Highway 49 meanders its way through the length of the Mother Lode. Famous for miles of hard rock gold deposits, the Mother Lode contains and almost endless supply of abandoned gold mines as well as hundreds of gold mine tours, museums and ghost towns.

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Sweetwater Mine

What can I say, one of the coolest mining camps around. Only 30 remote minutes from Mariposa. The Sweetwater mining…

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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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Mother Lode
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Hite Cove

Hite Cove (aka Hites Cove) is small mining camp tucked along the Merced River. John Hite discovered gold here in…

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Mother Lode
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Herman Mine

The stamps at the Herman Mine still stand tall as of our visit in May 2016 despite several forest fires…

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Mother Lode
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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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Mother Lode
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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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Mother Lode
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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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Mother Lode
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3.50 / 5
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Giant King Mine

In May of 2017 on a 4×4 trip from Washington, CA to Alleghany we stopped along side Washington Road at Washington…

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Mother Lode
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Bonanza No. 8

Jim Crow Creek has a long and extensive mining history reaching back to the 1860’s including numerous “Bonanza” claims. On…

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Mother Lode
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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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Mother Lode
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5.00 / 5
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Ophir Mine

Not much history on the Ophir Mine is out there. It does appear on USGS Topo but that’s about it.…

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Mother Lode
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Tuolumne Gold Dredge

I have known about the Tuolumne Gold Dredge for years, driven past it, viewed the plaque on the side of…

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Mother Lode
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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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Eagle-Shawmut Mine

With Lake Don Pedro water levels at an all time low in November 2014 and much ado in the press…

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Mother Lode
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Feliciana Mine

Found this one merely by topo. The adit is 1400 feet long with stopes, winzes and drifts galore. We didn’t…

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Mother Lode
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Ryan Mine

Not much is known about the Ryan Mine except it has a 400′ deep shaft and produced 1700 tons of…

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Mother Lode
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Bunker Hill Mine

Opened as the Rancheria Mine in 1853 and renamed the South Mayflower Mine in 1893. In 1899 it became the…

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Mother Lode
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Argonaut Mine

The Argonaut is the site of the worst gold mining disaster in California History. On August 27th, 1922, 47 immigrant…

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Mother Lode
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Domingas Occurrence

Lucky me! I was perusing  local USGS Historic Topo’s and came across this awesome find. From Google Earth I could…

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Mother Lode
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St. Mary’s Mine

I got excited searching USGS Historical Topo’s when I stumbled upon St Marys Mine. I got even more excited when I…

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Mother Lode
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