Gold in Alabama
Gold is found primarily in the gold belt of Alabama which covers an area 60 miles wide and 100 miles long. Alabama Gold has been mined from both placer and lode sources. The gold belt enters and trends the northeastern part of the state coming from the border with Georgia towards an area in central Alabama, known as the Piedmont Uplift, fairly extensive and is approximately 100 miles long by 50-60 miles wide.
But the foremost strike of gold occurred in 1830 along the tributaries of Blue and Chestnut Creeks in Chilton County. 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.
Alabama gold mines offer prospecting, panning and treasure hunting.
Alabama Gold Counties:
Alabama Gold and Mica Co Gold Mine
Gold Mines In Coosa County Alabama
Gold Ridge Mine Chilton, Alabama
“Gold Ridge Mine” is a past producer deposit site in the Appalachian Highlands of Alabama, The United States. It is a small deposit, located in the Coosa County District mining district and is not considered to be of world-class significance.1
Gold and graphite deposits are documented at “Gold Ridge Mine.” Gold is present at a grade sufficient to have a strong effect on the economics of an excavation project. It may even be viable as the only commodity mined. The graphite at this site is economically interesting but not currently recoverable. The area was prospected for gold and copper in 1855, and for copper and graphite in 1872 and 1873. One sample from a 4 ft. vein produced 0.15 ounce of gold
In the early 1840’s Tallapoosa County experienced a gold rush. Gold Mining operations were carried on in Tallapoosa County from 1842 to 1936. The area in the northeastern part of Tallapoosa County came to be called Goldville. The town of Goldville was born and died between the census of 1840 and 1850.
Gold Mines In Tallapoosa County
Birdsong Pits (S4,T24N,R23E)
owned and operated by Edward Birdsong who between 1840 and 1850 carried on mining operations with negro labor(slaves).