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