Most of the Gold in
is found in the western half of the state where it was discovered in 1852 on Gold Creek in Montana . Very rich deposits were found in 1863 in Creek near Powell County Virginia City created a gold rush. Since that discovery has produced over 17,752,000 ounces of gold that is ranked as the seventh largest gold producing state in the Montana . Most of the gold produced in United States is a byproduct of the copper industry. Some of the best places to prospect for placer gold in Montana are located in Montana on the eastern slopes of the Broadwater County in the rivers and streams that flow toward the east. Elkhorn Mountains
|Elkhorn Mountain in Montana. Placer gold is found in the rivers draining the eastern slopes of the Elkhorn Mountains.|
Photo by Fraser Harris
There is a great deal of information about mining for gold in
from the Bureau of Mines and Geology located at Montana Tech in Montana . The state is one of the signatories to the Mining act of 1872 that recognizes the right to file a claim on public lands belonging to either the state or federal government. Butte, Montana
|The Berkley Pit in Butte Montana an abandoned copper mine where gold was produced as a byproduct.|
Photo by Cybergrl
Most of the gold in this thing however is found in the southwestern part of the state where many of the rocks are of Archean age is similar to those in the Abitibi region of Canada were mostly gold was laid down between 2.8 and 2.6 billion years ago.
Some of the greatest mines in the
are located in western United States there were copper mines many of them produced gold as a byproduct from refining copper. The greatest of these copper mines was the Anaconda Mine located near the city of Montana . This mine was discovered right after the Civil War by an Irish prospector that was looking for gold, and found copper instead. Anaconda
The Anaconda mine was actually named because of a newspaper headline the Irishman saw while he was serving in the Union Army near the end of the Civil War. The headline read, “Grant encircles
like a giant Anaconda.” Both the mine and the city were named after this giant snake found in the Amazon basin. Richmond
Gold is found throughout
Western Montana wherever there are mountains. The best place to look for placer gold is in the rivers and streams draining those mountains. According to one source is doubtful that the old time prospectors ever found all the gold that is deposited there. There are now many prospecting tools that were unavailable to the early prospectors, one of the most useful of these is the metal detector.
The metal detector that is capable of detecting gold in hard rock or placer deposits. The best tool for finding gold is one that the old time prospectors were very familiar with it is the gold pan. To this day no one has ever devised a better the way of discovering gold deposits.
Aside from gold prospecting
also affords the prospector the chance to find sapphires along the Montana Missouri River. There are many areas along this river that are open to fee prospecting. In addition there are several other localities in the state where you can find various gemstones for a fee.