Men Panning Gold Created / Published [between ca. 1900 and 1927]


Significant amounts of gold have come from Alabama, making it one of the better gold producing states east of the Mississippi River. Gold has been found in both lode and placer deposits. Gold has been found throughout Talladega, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Coosa, Clay, Chilton, Elmore, Cleburne, and Randolph Counties.

Louina Alabama Ghost Town in Randolph County Alabama

Louina Alabama

Louina Alabama was settled by the Indians, pushed to Alabama by the white settlers from the overcrowded east in the 1830s. Louina’s trading post quickly became the metropolis of its day with the area producing quantities of gold. Today Louina is a ghost town.

Chilton County Alabama Map

Gold in Chilton County Alabama

Gold in Chilton County Alabama
Where To Find Gold In Chilton County Alabama
Chilton county sourced its gold from several streams and tributaries that flowed towards Coosa River in Clanton City and the small town of Verbena, Alabama. The tributaries of Blue Creek and Chestnut Creek were early producers of gold. The rock exposures that are limited on the south west by the overlap of the Upper Cretaceous Formation (Tuscaloosa Formation). Nuggets weighing up to 4 ounces have been reported from Blue Creek, a short tributary of the Coosa River in the southeastern part of the county. Gold in Clanton, Alabama
West of Clanton on Mulberry Creek. West of Clanton 13 miles on the small tributary of Mulberry Creek, The Franklin (Jemison) Mine, small pits in schists and quartz, site of a 10 stamp mill operated until 1923.

The Rippatoe Mine

For a mile up the creek from Jas. Mims’s, on both sides, there are innumerable old pits, trenches and ditches.

Rocky Creek

It does not seem to me that Rocky Creek will afford pay gravel in sufficient amonut and of sufficient richness to warrant any extensive investigations.


NO GOLD IS TO BE FOUND IN THAT PART OF CHILTON COUNTY BELOW CLANTON AND ON THE WEST OF THE L&N railroad which demands a more detailed examination.

Mulberry Creek Alabama Gold

Mulberry Creek Tributaries

Reports that all tributaries of Mulberry Creek contain gold. Mulberry Creek is a 45.4-mile-long waterway in central Alabama. It rises in Chilton County and farther downstream forms the boundary between Dallas County and Autauga County. It is a tributary of the Alabama River. Gold is present at a grade sufficient to have a strong effect on the economics of an excavation project.