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GOLD LOCATIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA;

Gold was discovered in South Carolina in the Greenville district in 1802. The states first recorded shipment was from a Lancaster County placer mine in 1829. The gold bearing regions of South Carolina are similar in origin to those of the Slate Belt in North Carolina. There are very many streams, creeks, benches, and terraces throughout the belt that produce placer gold. There are many regional mines in northwest South Carolina which are probable sources of the placer gold. Placer gold was first discovered in 1827 at the Haile Mine, which was the largest gold producer in the southeastern states. South Carolina has produced approximately 320,000 ounces of gold.

For more information, write:
Director, The Division of Geology,
South Carolina State Development Board,
P.O. Box 927
Columbia, South Carolina 29202


Abbeville County South Carolina

A long time producer of gold. Best known as the Carolina Slate Belt, extends across several counties in a northeast to southeast direction as a continuation of the same geologic formation in North Carolina. There are very many streams, creeks, benches, and terraces throughout the belt that contain placer gold. There are many regional mines upstream from the placer gravels and probable sources of the placer gold.

Abbeville

There are many mines around Abbeville that produced lode gold . East of Abbeville 7.3 miles is the Lyon Prospect. It consist of several quartz veins cutting Phyllite and produces free milling gold. West of Abbeville 8 miles is the Calais and Douglas mines, which produced lode gold. South of Abbeville 9 miles and .5 miles east of Beula Cross Roads is an old mine that produced lode gold.

Lowndsville

West of Lowndsville 3 miles is the Cook Prospect. It consisted of small quartz lenses that contain gold. There is also a mill site on the property.

MINES:

Calais Mine - was an old lode gold mine.

Cook Mine - is located approximately 3 miles southwest of Lowndsville. This mine followed small quartz veins and it had its on stamp mill.

Douglas Mine - was located close to the Calais Mine and was a lode gold contributor.

Jones Mine - is on the west side of Long Cane Creek.

Lyon Mine - consisted of several quartz veins cutting phyllite.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Long Cane Creek - has placer possibilities.


Anderson County South Carolina

MINES:

Henderson Mine - this mine consisted of a shallow pit following a quartz vein.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Three and Twenty Creek - this area may produce some placer gold.


Cherokee County South Carolina

MINES:

Bar Kat Mine - this mine is following a rich pyrite vein which was crushed and amalgamated to recover free gold.

Bolin Mine - is a lode gold mine.

Bradley Mine - is located west of Canaan Church.

Darwin Mine - is a lode gold mine.

Dixon Mine - was last worked in 1938, this mine produced primarily copper and lead with gold as a by product.

Eutis Mine - produced copper and lead with gold as a by product.

Hammer Mine - this mine is one of oldest gold mines in the state.

Kennedy Mine - this mine was following some very large and rich quartz veins.

Lockhart Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Love Mine - was a rich producer.

Love Springs Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Lowe Mine - was a lode gold mine.

McGill Mine - followed a rich pyrite vein.

Norris Mine - the mine was a lode gold mine, but around the top of hill, in loose quartz there are nice gold in quartz specimens .

Nott Hill Mine - was a lode mine.

Nuckols Mine - was located close to the Norris and Nott Hill mines.

Palmer Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Southern Gold Mine - this mine is a good producer and for the past few years some production has existed. This mine is primarily copper and lead mine with gold production as a by product.

Wallace Mine - was worked in 1914 and during 1930's, primarily copper and lead with a gold by product gold.

Wilke Mine - this mine had large rich veins of gold.

Wyatt Mine - was a lode mine.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Beech Creek - this area has placer possibilities.

Branch Creek - this creek has placer possibilities due to the fact that south of the creek there are several prospects and pits that were operated for placer gold.

Broad River - check the area 1 mile west of Smith's Ford on the Broad River.

Pacolet River - is said to contain placer gold.


Chesterfield County South Carolina

From 1828, when the first placer gold was found, Chesterfield County produced approximately 22,000 ounces of gold. Numerous old mines scattered all over the county with lots of possibilities for the prospector.

MINES:

Brewer Mine - was a rich lode mine that was close to the Hartman and Topaz Mines.

Edgeworth Mine - was a fairly rich lode gold mine.

Gregory Placer Mine - was a very productive placer

Hartman Mine - close to the Brewer and Topaz Mines.

Hendrix Mine - this mine consisted of layers of brown "clay slate" impregnated with limonite cubes.

Kirkley Mine - was worked 1939 - 1940 for lode gold.

Leach Mine - was a minor lode gold contributor.

Oro Mine - was worked in 1941 for lode gold.

The Tanyard Placer Mines - the gold is located in the sediments of the Coastal Plain stream and bench gravel deposits. This is not really one mine but a series of small placer operations. There is abundant placer gold obtainable today by pan, sluice, or dredge.

Topaz Mine - was located close to the Brewer and Hartman Mines.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Fork Creek - may produce some placer gold.

Gold Dust Branch - has produced some nice gold.

One and Little Fork Creek - may produce some placer gold.

Nugget Creek - the name of this creek tells the story. Many nice nuggets have been found.

Lynched River - contains placer deposits.


Edgefield County South Carolina

MINES:

Landrum Mine - is located next to the Quattlebaum mine and was a good producer.

Quattlebaum Mine - is located close to the Landrum mine and was a

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Sleepy Creek - may provide some good gold.


Fairfield County South Carolina

Little River

I have found fine gold in the banks of the Little River. Some pickers and nuggets if you can get down to bedrock. This river is filled with what we call sugar sand. If you stand in running water you will slowley sink this is what the gold does as well. I prospect near the end right before it dumps into Broad River, but the best place to look would be off of Hwy 34 about 15 miles east of Salems Crossroads where the East fork, the north fork and the west forks all come together. Remember if you want to get the good stuff you got 4 feet of sugar sand to get through, and thats if you are lucky. Hope this little bit of info will help my fellow prospectors and good luck to all.


Greenville County South Carolina

MINES:

Briggs Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Carson Placer Mine - was an extremely rich placer deposit.

Cureton Mine - is located close to the McBee Placer Mine.

Desota Prospect - is located below the Greenville Road bridge.

McBee Mine - was a rich placer deposit.

Westmoreland Placer Mine - is located south of Locust Hill, and had some very productive stream gravels.

Wild Cat Mine - followed a smoky quartz vein.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Middle Tyger River - may be a good area to check for placer gold.

Mountain Creek - has placer gold in it .

Tyger River - should be a good dredging river.


Greenwood County South Carolina

MINES:

Bradley Mine - was once a productive mine with gold in the surface mantle. This mine is located southeast of Verdery 2.5 miles.

Young Mine - was a lode gold mine near Troy.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Verdery Area - Placers are found in the streams in this area.


Kershaw County South Carolina

MINES:

Lamar Mine - was an old mine that was reopened in 1960. This mine is located northwest of Camden by 9 miles and northeast of Getty's Bridge by 1 mile.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Samneys Creek - is said to contain placer gold


Lancaster County South Carolina

The Haile Mine in Southern Lancaster County is the largest gold mine in all the southeastern states .

MINES:

Belk Mine - was productive between 1830 - 40.

Blackmon Gold Mine - has gold associated with pyrite .

Brassington Mine - was an old lode gold mine.

Clyburn (Cay) Mine - is located on the southwest extension of the Haile mine.

Funderburk Mine - was worked in 1897 and again

Hagin Mine - was a substantial pyrite vein with small amount of gold production.

Haile Mine - is credited with most of the total production in the county between 1829 and 1942 . The mine produced approximately 280,080 ounces of lode gold. This mine is the largest gold mine in all the southeastern states. The mine was opened in 1829 and closed in 1942. It is been opened again in the past few years using modern cyanide techniques. In all area streams surrounding the mine there is placer gold. This mine is located 1/2 mile north of the junction of Routes 86 and 167.

Ingram Mine - was an old lode mine.

Izell (Ezell?) Mine - produced fine cabinet ore specimens, but it was not worked after 1850s .

Johnson (Strand) Mine - was following a gold vein in quartz. 1855 It was abandoned in Knight's Prospect - was a small producer in the 1850s.

Phiffer Mine - was an old lode mine.

Stevens Mine - it was productive in 1840s . It has been said that on the dumps there is pannable gold.

Stroud Mine - was a small mine

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Flat Creek - is a tributary of the Lynches River and is said to have gold nuggets and colors.

Lynches River - may prove to be productive.


Laurens County South Carolina

MINES:

Raeburn (Rabon) Creek Mine - followed a quartz vein containing gold.

Mt. Olive Mine - a small lode mine.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Raeburn Creek - contains colors.

Reedy River - has placer gold in it.

Saluda River - has placer gold in it.


McCormick County South Carolina

MINES:

Butler Prospect - contains gold, with pyrite.

Dorn Mine - this mine had a production of approximately 44,000 ounces of gold. Between 1852 - 80, this mine had a production in excess of $1,000,000, it is the second most important mine in state next to the Haile Mine in Lancaster County. It was reopened for short period in 1932. It produced lode gold, with copper, lead, and zinc.

Jennings Mine - this is a lode mine following a quartz vein.

Link Mine - this is a lode mine following a quartz vein.

Neill (Neel) Mine - this was a lode mine.

Searles Prospect - is a lode mine with gold, in pyrite.

Self Mine - this mine consisted of a short, rich vein of free milling gold.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

McCormick Area - Most of the streams near McCormick have placer gold.


Newberry County South Carolina

MINES:

Lester Mine - was a small mine in this county.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Bush River - may contain gold near the Lester mine.


Oconee County South Carolina

MINES:

Cochran (Lawton) Placer Mine - was a productive placer.

Cox Prospect - was following a quartz vein cutting slates mining low - grade ores.

Henckel Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Jesse Lay Mine - was an old lode gold mine.

Kuhnmand (Old Cheohee) Mine - was an old lode gold mine, but nearby creek gravels contain placer gold.

Pickens Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Sitton Mine - this mine consisted of quartz stringers in schist. It was a lode mine, but in the area of the mine small nuggets have been found.

Sloan Placer - was worked before the Civil War The mine was tracing quartz stringers mica schist. It was free milling gold.

White Water - Toxaway Placers Mine - was discovered in the 1850s and was quite productive.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Chatooga River - check this river in the area of the Henckel Mine.

Toxaway River - Area, bed, bar, and bench gravels between the Toxaway and White Water rivers have proven productive.

White Water River - is a productive placer.

Middle Fork of Cheohee Creek - may produce some placer gold.


Pickens County South Carolina

MINES:

Calhoun Placer Mine - this mine was working the beds of small creeks on south side of the main stream. It was worked by slaves in the 1850s for the placer gold.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Calhoun Area - Most of the streams North of Calhoun contains placer gold.


Saluda County South Carolina

MINES:

Culbreath Mine - had lode gold distributed through pyrite.

Yarborough Mine - was a productive lode mine that was reexamined in 1960.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Big Creek - contains placer gold.

Little Saluda River - contains placer gold.


Spartanburg County South Carolina

MINES:

Tyger Placer Mine - located along Wolf (Wolf Swamp?) Creek. Was a rich placer that was extensively hydraulicked.

Wolf Placer Mine - located near the Tyger Placer Mine, was also extensively hydraulicked.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Middle Tyger River - may produce placer gold.

Wolf (Wolf Swamp?) Creek - had some very rich placer deposits.


Union County South Carolina

MINES:

Bogan Mine - was a lode gold mine.

Mud (Harman) Mine - contained gold and copper.

Nott Mine - was very productive in 1844 and was reworked in 1932 and for several years afterward.

Ophir (Thompson, Fair Forest) Mine - had a total production between 1844 - 1904, of over $100,000.

West Mine - it was the deepest mine at 115 feet in state in 1844. The mine was a lode mine, but the upper levels contains placer gold.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Fair Forest Creek - contains placer gold.


York County South Carolina

In the area of Hickory Grove and Smyrna, there is over 50 gold mines along both sides of Routes 5, 97, and 211. There are many varieties of collectible minerals and gemstones, including native gold nuggets.

MINES:

Allison Mine - the mine was worked before 1904 and again in the 1930's for lode gold.

Arrowwood Mine - was a small lode mine.

Bar Kat Mine - was worked in 1895 and had some productive years.

Barnett Mine - was a lode mine.

Big Wilson Mine - was opened in the 1840's, contained lode gold, with copper nuggets.

Bolin Mine - was a lode mine.

Bradley Mine - was a minor lode mine.

Brown Mine - was worked Before 1900, and by 1905 had 1, 600 feet of underground workings.

Campbell Mine - was a lode mine.

Carroll Mine - consisted of free milling gold, with pyrite. It was a productive lode gold mine.

Cassady Mine - was a lode mine.

Castles Mine - contained gold, with pyrite.

Clawson Mine - contained free milling gold with pyrite cubes to 1/2 inch.

Darwin Mine - this mine had some very course gold.

Dickey Mine - was a lode mine.

Dorothy Mine - from 1860 - 1942, it was a productive lode mine.

Ellis Mine - contained gold, with pyrite.

Falkner Mine - was a lode mine.

Ferguson Mine - it was productive before 1904, reworked in the 1930's and reprospected in the 1960's. contained free milling gold, with pyrite.

Hardin Mine - was a lode mine.

Horn Mine - was a lode mine.

Hull Mine - contained gold, with lead.

La Peire Mine - was a lode mine.

Love No.2 Mine - was a lode mine.

Magnolia Mine - contained gold, with malachite.

Martin Mine - was a lode mine, but had some record size gold nuggets.

McCarter Mine - was a lode mine.

McGill Mine - was a lode mine.

Mercer Mine - contained free milling gold.

Parker No. 1 Mine - was a lode mine.

Parker No. 2 Mine - was a lode mine.

Patterson Mine - it was worked quite extensively before 1912 for gold.

Ross Mine - was a productive lode mine.

Schlegelmilch Mine - was a lode mine.

Scoggins Mine - contained gold with pyrite.

Sutton Mine - abundant free milling gold with pyrite.

Thunderbird Mine - contained free milling gold.

Thunderhead Mine - placers discovered in 1961 along a creek on the Ollie Proctor property. You can pan gold to nugget size.

Wallace Mine - was a lode mine.

Whatt Mine - was a small lode mine.

Wilson Mine - was opened in 1840's for lode gold, with native copper nuggets.

Wylie Mine - was a lode mine.

SUGGESTED PROSPECTING AREAS:

Broad River - contains placer gold.

Bullock's Creek - contains placer gold.

Guin Moore's Creek - contains placer gold.

Kings Creek - contains placer gold.

Wolf Creek - contains placer gold.


 

 

 

 


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