Alabama Gold Regions
Excerpt from Minerals and Mines Along the Southern Railway
Issued by Land and Industrial Department, Southern Railway, 1899:
The gold district of Alabama lies in Cleburne, Randolph, Clay, Coosa and Tallapoosa Counties. In these counties there are several localities where there is a sufficient quantity of low-grade ore to justify working. In Cleburne County, at Arbacoochee, placer work has been carried on more extensively than in any part of the State, except possibly in the vicinity of Goldville, in Tallapoosa County. At present little is being done in either district. The Chattanooga Mining Co. is doing some work and has recently taken out a number of good sized nuggets along with the fine gold. An exceedingly rich vein of quartz carrying free gold was discovered at Arbacoochee. To the east of Arbacoochee in the Tricken Valley there is much activity in the way of development. At the Hicks-Wise shaft, at a depth of 15o feet, a fairly good grade of ore is found. The width of the ore body at the surface is about thirty feet. Up to this time no plant for utilizing the sulphurets has been introduced in Alabama. The developments show, however, a sufficient body of low-grade ore occurring at several places in the gold belt to justify the erection of milling plants, and of chlorination plants for the sulphurets.