gold mining in california

Historic Gold Miner & Prospecting Pictures Round 1

If you spend any amount of time gold prospecting, do you always begin to wonder how did the ol’ timers do it?  Since I spend way too much time stuck at work when I’d rather be out in the field prospecting and metal detecting for gold, I am continually stumbling onto some great old finds.

Today I went back around to a resource I found last year, and found quite a few more solid gold nuggets of old timey gold mining pictures…I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

What gold prospecting and miner tricks can you find in these photos to put to use in your operations? 

Last winter, I made a gold cradle based on some old gold miner photos like the ones below.  However, I also used some old Australian prospector pictures as well.  For some reason they used a slightly different design from the California gold cradles I have seen.  The cradles or rockers are used when gold is being processed in areas with very little water available.  By digging a holding area at the end of the rocker outlet, you can actually reuse the water quite a bit before you need to replace it with fresh water.  Think of an old-school recirculating pump and you will get the idea….

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Rocking the cradle in California gold fields.

Here are some more historic pictures and drawings from old California sluice box gold mining…

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Flume and water wheel feeding sluice box.

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Working the diggings…
Chinese gold miners in California.

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Drawings of different ways to get gold in California.

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The sluice box processing material from hydraulic mining in California’s gold fields.





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Gold mine at Long Gulch near Yreka California.

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Gold miners working near El Dorado California.

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Placer mining area near Old Virginia City, Placer County, California.

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Another photo of placer mining area near Old Virginia City, Placer County, California.

I will continue to upload more historic gold mining and prospecting photos as I find them!  Let me know if you have any comments or want full quality versions of these pictures….just drop me a note at “JC AT” with the subject “Old Gold Miner Photos” and I will see what I can do for you.

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