Blue Creek Alabama: Placer Gold Deposits

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Blue Creek Alabama: Placer Gold Deposits


Placer gold has been collected from Blue Creek in Chilton County, Alabama. The website, commented “the ripatoe placer produced nuggets weighing 109.11 grams . Circular 38 of the Geological Survey of Alabama (Daniel and others , 1966 , p. 47 .”

Rocks and Minerals of Alabama – Circular 38 – Geological Survey of Alabama


Blue Creek, a short tributary of the Coosa River in the southeastern part of the county, is in the Streams category for Chilton County. Blue Creek is displayed on the Mitchell Dam USGS quad topo map. The approximate elevation is 312 feet (95 meters) above sea level.


Placer Gold Deposits Found in Blue Creek , Chilton County Alabama

Placer Gold Deposits Found in Blue Creek , Chilton County Alabama

Placer gold deposits are popular with small-scale miners and prospectors because of the low financial investment needed. Another factor to be considered is larger-sized mining companies might pass by placer deposits due to the lower return on their investment.

Placer gold deposits can be quite lucrative for a smaller-scale mining program. Nuggets weighing up to 4 ounces have been reported from Blue Creek.

Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 32° 48′ 45” North , 86° 27′ 28” West

Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 32.8125, -86.4577777778


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Blue Creek 32.812500, -86.457780 Blue Creek is a tributary of the Coosa River. The largest strike of gold occurred in 1830 along the tributaries of Blue Creek and Chestnut Creek. This discovery made Alabama one of the prolific gold-producing states east of the Mississippi River, with almost 80,000 ounces of gold from 1830 to 1990.Gold nuggets up to 4 ounces were reported to have been recovered from Blue Creek. (Directions)

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