California is obviously the heart of the American gold mining. The 1848 gold rush wasn’t the first or last gold rush, but it was the most important in American history. Literally thousands of gold mines with vastly different amounts of production have been established in the 161 years since then and modern prospector appreciate the importance of loacting those old mines.
The value is that old mines prove that at one time there was gold in place in a given spot and it is virtually certain that the old timers barely scratched the surface of what’s actually available.
So, this map of cailfornias-historic-gold-mines is pretty valuable. It doesn’t give turn by turn directions, but if you do any gold prospecting in California it is worth taking a look at.
I was really surprised at the number of gold mines in Los Angeles County. Also, this is a big file, so if you are really interested by sure to blow it up to 100%. You can get a decent idea of the general area of a gold mine from this map.
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