Gold in Randolph County Alabama

Gold in Randolph County Alabama

Along the far west side of Randolph County and the far east side of Clay County lies the Cragford district.  Several mines operating here produced free-milling gold from veins in quartz. Properties situated along the tributaries of Crooked Creek have both placer and lode gold deposits. Area streams and branches near Wedowee are most productive. Placer gold is found in the local watercourses, beach sands and gravels.

 Near Omaha gold colors are reported in the streams.

 In Wedowee, the area creek sands and gravels along the Tallapoosa River have good gold placers. A mine on Wedowee Creek is said to contain lode gold, but nearby stream gravels have placer gold.

Bordering Randolph County and nearby Wildcat Hollow Prospect, the banks of the Tallapoosa River will produce some fine placer gold. Numerous lode mines in this area have all produced lode gold. Other gold deposits can be found in Wesobulga Creek and White Oak Creeks just south of Cragford.

Randolph County, Alabama has the following records of mines listed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS):

 H. S. Bradley Prospect Near Wedowee, Alabama 

33.3412°N 85.5358°W

The H. S. Bradley Prospect is near Wedowee, Alabama. The ore mined is composed of pyrite and gold. The host rock in this area is schist from the Lopingian epoch 259.80 to 252.17 million years ago. The Piedmont Upland of the Appalachian Highlands characterize the geomorphology of the surrounding area.

Joshua Ballard Prospect Near Woodland, Alabama 

33.3251°N 85.3096°W

SECTION 32, T19S, R13E-NORTHWEST EDGE OF A BELT ALONG THE LITTLE TALLAPOOSA RIVER.

The Joshua Ballard Prospect is near Woodland, Alabama. The ore mined is composed of pyrite and gold. The host rock in this area is schist from the Lopingian epoch 259.80 to 252.17 million years ago. The Piedmont Upland of the Appalachian Highlands characterize the geomorphology of the surrounding area.

Gold Ridge Mine Near Ranburne Alabama

33.4906°N 85.3904°W

The Gold Ridge Mine is near Ranburne, Alabama. Historically the site has been part of the Arbacooche Mining District. The Gold Ridge Mine was closed at the time of data entry with no known plans to re-open. Production size when active was considered to be small. The ore mined is composed of gold with waste material consisting primarily of quartz. The ore body is linear in form and 3 meters (10 feet) thick. The host rock in this area is schist from the Lopingian epoch 259.80 to 252.17 million years ago. The Piedmont Upland of the Appalachian Highlands characterize the geomorphology of the surrounding area.