Mining for Gold in Sand Mountain Fourteen Miles from Scottsboro
Alabama History 1895
Source: Hamilton News Press, Marion County AL, May 30, 1895
ORGANIZED FOR GOLD MINING – The Santa Creek Mining Company was organized Friday at Scottsboro with a capital stock of $100,000 to mine for gold in Sand Mountain, fourteen miles from Scottsboro.
During the meeting reports reached Scottsboro that gold had also been discovered on the north side of the Tennessee river opposite the mouth of Santa Creek and the town became greatly excited. Land owners now refuse to entrain propositions of sale.
Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, May 30, 1895
ALABAMA GOLD – A Company is Organized and the Stock all Taken
Chattanooga, May 24 – The Santa Creek Mining Company was organized today at Scottsboro Alabama with a capital stock of $400,000 to mine for gold in Sand Mountain, fourteen miles from Scottsboro. The mineral rights in 240 acres of land along Santa Creek have been purchased and options obtained on all farm and option land in the neighborhood of the gold fields Officers were elected as follows; D. K. Jones, President; O. F Jones, Secretary and Treasurer, and F. V. Bodfish, Manager; all of Chattanooga. During the meting reports reached Scottsboro that gold has also been discovered on the north side of the Tennessee River, opposite the mouth of the Santa Creek and the town became greatly excited. Land owners now refuse to entertain propositions of sale the mineral is found in form of pebbles in a bed of gravel and sand, and only admits of being worked by the Placer process. Stock in the new company is held by Chattanooga, Scottsboro and Montgomery, Ala parties. Of 1,000 shares of stock of $100 each, only a limited portion remain untaken. The gold fields cover an extensive territory and it is believed the metal is there in paying quantities.