Men Panning Gold Created / Published [between ca. 1900 and 1927]

GOLD IN ALABAMA

Significant amounts of gold have come from Alabama, making it one of the better gold producing states east of the Mississippi River. Gold has been found in both lode and placer deposits. Gold has been found throughout Talladega, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Coosa, Clay, Chilton, Elmore, Cleburne, and Randolph Counties.

Chilton County Alabama Map

Gold in Chilton County Alabama

Gold in Chilton County Alabama
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Where To Find Gold In Chilton County Alabama
Chilton county sourced its gold from several streams and tributaries that flowed towards Coosa River in Clanton City and the small town of Verbena, Alabama. The tributaries of Blue Creek and Chestnut Creek were early producers of gold. The rock exposures that are limited on the south west by the overlap of the Upper Cretaceous Formation (Tuscaloosa Formation). Nuggets weighing up to 4 ounces have been reported from Blue Creek, a short tributary of the Coosa River in the southeastern part of the county. Gold in Clanton, Alabama
West of Clanton on Mulberry Creek. West of Clanton 13 miles on the small tributary of Mulberry Creek, The Franklin (Jemison) Mine, small pits in schists and quartz, site of a 10 stamp mill operated until 1923.

Mulberry Creek Alabama Gold

Mulberry Creek Tributaries

Reports that all tributaries of Mulberry Creek contain gold. Mulberry Creek is a 45.4-mile-long waterway in central Alabama. It rises in Chilton County and farther downstream forms the boundary between Dallas County and Autauga County. It is a tributary of the Alabama River. Gold is present at a grade sufficient to have a strong effect on the economics of an excavation project.

Paintrock Alabama early 20th Century

Yuchi Gold Of Paint Rock Alabama

One of Alabama’s most famous lost gold stories is the Yuchi Gold of Paint Rock Valley.

Legend says that somewhere just southeast of Huntsville, Alabama there is a fortune in gold hidden in a cave. According to the legend, the cave has gold ingots stacked within. This Alabama Treasure Legend speculates that the gold came from Spanish soldiers who were killed near Tuscaloosa Alabama by the Yuchi tribe around 1699.