Placer Gold Deposits in the Western States
March 2021 by Chris Ralph
…to see the huge differences between the gold production amounts of the Western States, let’s look at the gold production—both hard rock and placer—of these 13 states up to the present.
Most of us know making a profit as a small-scale miner is difficult; however, sometimes we combine luck with a little skill and bring home a few ounces of the yellow stuff.
While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.
We’ve had two trips to the deserts of Nevada and explored mines and mill sites, hiked miles of ravines in California, and swung our detector coils over thousands of square yards of bedrock.
Mike scored the best with a total of one-half ounce of gold nuggets. Tom, Brian and Greg each had pieces in the one and a half pennyweight range. The rest of us had small gold and nothing like these three.
My first day using my pinpointer I detected an area where the fellas’ big guns had swooped in and cleaned up all the “big gold” and I got over sixty tiny pieces of gold.
Oscar Espinoza considers himself an amateur gold prospector, but the gold nugget he recently found puts many seasoned prospectors to shame.
It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - Info on Santa Cruz beach placers? • Ask The Experts - Detectors and flour gold • Ask The Experts - Why is the gold in these clays? • Ask The Experts - Can you explain colloidal gold? • Ask The Experts - Where did this kimberlite come from? • Ask The Experts - Can gold particles combine to form a nugget? • Evaluating Gold Recovery with Mass Balance Calculations • Clues for Detecting Ancient River Channels and Flats • What Is Your Grade? • State of Idaho Looks to Invest in Gold and Silver • Colorado Uranium Mining in the 1950s Boom • Drywashing for Desert Gold—Part II • Decoding Dredge Capacity • I Just Tripped Over A Nugget • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices