Empire Mine Park California

Empire Mine Park AssociationGold fever still burns bright at Empire Mine and we want to keep it that way!

Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA, for short) is dedicated to maintaining the history and beauty of Empire Mine State Historic Park. Founded in 1976, our goal is to make each visit authentic, safe and memorable.   

We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and we provide the Park with vital financial support to continue its legacy of gold, grit, and glory. 

In the early 1900s, stamp mills thundered 24 hours a day. You could set your watch by its haunting whistle that reminded local residents all systems were go. Open for business from 1850 until 1956, Empire Mine produced 5.8 million ounces of gold. Miners from Cornwall, England – and all over the world – left their homes to be part of the action. Owner William Bourn, Jr. and mine manager George Starr changed local, national and world history forever. Today visitors can walk in their footsteps – and experience what life was like in those heady times. Each year the Park welcomes around 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

Highlights include:

  • Empire Cottage, designed by famed architect Willis Polk – with its stately gardens and fountains
  • The impressive Clubhouse, built in 1905 to entertain key business magnates
  • The Mine Yard where the ore was processed into gold bars
  • The Mine Shaft, where visitors can sit on an actual man skip that transported the miners underground
  • The Blacksmith Shop, Machine Shop, and other buildings that were the “hubs” of Empire Mine’s success
  • Almost 850 acres of scenic, award-winning trails

Source: Empire Mine Park Association

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Public Gold Mining Areas in Alaska

Public Gold Mining Areas in Alaska

If you are coming to Alaska on a vacation, you probably will ask the question, “Where can I go look for GOLD while I visit?” I have compiled a list of places to accomplish that on this page. I will continue to add information here as I find time. Don’t hesitate to send me e-mail if you require more information. I may not be able to obtain it for you but probably can tell you where to get what you need. If there is information you would like to see here that I have not included, let me know.

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Koyukuk River, South Fork Yukon-Koyukuk, AK

“Koyukuk River, South Fork” is a prospect deposit site in Alaska, The United States. It is a deposit, not considered to be of world-class significance.1

Gold deposits are documented at “Koyukuk River, South Fork.” 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.

At the time this deposit was surveyed, some surface trenching, adits, shafts, drill holes, geophysics, geochemistry, or geological mapping was conducted to estimate grade and tonnage of the deposit. A placer operation is at this site or proposed for it.

Source: “Koyukuk River, South Fork” in Yukon-Koyukuk, AK, Gold Prospect | The Diggings™

D and J 1 Sierra CA

D AND J 1 SIERRA, CA

California Regulations

Prospecting on private property requires the land owner’s permission.

Prospecting (other than panning) on National Forest lands may require a Notice of Intent or a formal Plan of Operation. Panning does NOT require a permit. Check wiht the District Ranger for specific regulations and guidelines.

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Placer Pete's San Bernardino CA

PLACER PETE SAN BERNARDINO, CA

California Regulations

Prospecting on private property requires the land owner’s permission.

Prospecting (other than panning) on National Forest lands may require a Notice of Intent or a formal Plan of Operation. Panning does NOT require a permit. Check with the District Ranger for specific regulations and guidelines.

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His & His #1 & #2 Boise ID

HIS & HIS #1 & #2  BOISE, ID

IDAHO Regualtaions

The alteration of stream channels by using recreational mining equipment in a stream is regulated in Idaho by the Stream Channel Protection Act.

Recreational mining equipment can be any implement that is used to dig, scrape, dredge, or otherwise move stream bed materials from below the mean high watermark in search of minerals.

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