HONEYCUTT’S MILL PLACER
13 miles West of Clanton on Mulberry Creek Tributary. Along the little branches that make into the creek, out of 30 pans, 25 had gold. The gold is held in a mottled red and white clay, sandy and carrying angular fragments of quartz. This clay is under laid by a stiff white clay devoid of gold. Over laid by 4-6ft of soil & red clay, free of gold. The thickness of the gold-bearing stratum is from 1-2ft. No gold has been found in the soft slates which are free of gravel. The quartz seams themselves, show free gold in the pan now and then. The clays resulting from the decomposition of the slates are of two sorts, a soft-smooth clay with no gravel and no gold, and a sandy, gravelly clay with many angular pieces of quartz and half decomposed pyrite, carrying fine gold. Pyritous Quartz Seams are the origin of gold here. Gold is to be found in every little branch running into Mulberry Creek.
The Honeycutts Mill Placer Mine is near Thorsby, Alabama. Historically the site has been part of the Chilton-Mulberry Creek Mining District. The Honeycutts Mill Placer Mine was closed at the time of data entry with no known plans to re-open. Past operations took place from 1842 to 1892. Production size when active was considered to be small. The ore body is described as having an irregular shape of unknown dimensions. The host rock in this area is gravel from the Holocene epoch 11,784 years ago to present. The East Gulf Coastal Plain of the Atlantic Plain characterize the geomorphology of the surrounding area.
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