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History of Gold in Alabama
The first major gold strike in Alabama occurred in 1830 at Blue Creek (Ripatoe Placer), a creek on Lake Mitchell near Clanton, Alabama, and Chestnut Creek. Significant gold discoveries continued throughout the coming years. Gold has been found throughout Talladega, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Coosa, Clay, Chilton, Elmore, Cleburne, and Randolph Counties.Gold is still being found in Alabama, mostly in the form of lode gold mining, also called hard rock mining and placer gold found in soils and gravel. Placer mining can be done by a lone prospector filling a pan with crushed ore or scooped sediment and washing away all but the fragments of placer gold. Lode mining requires a number of workers to remove ore, crush the ore and extract the gold from the ore.
Digital Alabama created map showing locations of gold related areas we have studied. Contains mostly historic notes.
Sketch map of the Alabama Crystalline Schists to illustrate preliminary report on the Gold Region of Alabama
Review of the gold and silver mines of Alabama
Excerpt from Memorial record of Alabama
by Brint Fuller, 1893
Alabama has many former gold mines and current prospecting sites.
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Gold was originally found in Alabama in the 1830’s around Chilton County, west of the Coosa River along Chestnut Creek and Blue Creek. Until WWII, the total recorded gold production reached around 50,000 troy ounces. Most of Alabama’s gold can be found in and around an area called the “Piedmont Upland” which includes the counties of Chilton, Clay, Cleburn, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega, and Tallapoosa.
Cleburne County Alabama Gold Mines