Arbacoochee in Cleburne County, Alabama was the site where gold was first discovered in Alabamam in 1832. Arbacoochee was located near the present CR-42 between SH 46 & SH 9, nine miles southeast of Heflin, Alabama.This was a gold-mining town that was established in the mid 1830s. By 1845 the population had grown to around 5,000 people, with most of the residents living in either tents or shacks.
Alabama has many former gold mines and current prospecting sites.
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.
Area streams and branches near Wedowee are most productive. Placer gold is found in the local watercourses, beach sands and gravels.
Gold is to be found in every little branch running into Mulberry Creek.
It does not seem to me that Rocky Creek Placer Mine will afford pay gravel in sufficient amonut and of sufficient richness to warrant any extensive investigations.
Gold deposits are documented at Stewart Mine. Gold is present at a grade sufficient to have a strong effect on the economics of an excavation project. It may even be viable as the only commodity mined.
In Chilton County, gold can be found in Mulberry Creek along with its tributaries, the Coosa River, Blue Creek and Rocky Creek, as well as many drainages that are unnamed that will produce placer gold.
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, with the majority coming from area in the east central part of the state up next to the Georgia border.
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Most gold found in Alabama comes from what is known as the gold belt, an area of 60 miles wide and 100 miles long in the northeast part of the state.