Old Hundred gold mine in Silverton, Colorado. Cracker Creek mining camp in Sumpter, Oregon. The Reed gold mine is where it all began. In 1799, Conrad Reed was walking along Little Meadow Creek when he noticed a shiny golden substance shining in the water.
That flash was found to be a 17-pound gold nugget. The event is documented as the first claim for real gold in the United States, and you can still get gold out of the water to this day. If you're in Alaska and want to look for more than just incredible landscapes and wildlife, you might want to try your gold digging skills. Ready to stop worrying about money? Nevada is currently the top gold mining state in the U.S.
UU. The yellow metal was first discovered in 1849 near Gold Canyon, but a later discovery of lower-grade deposits in the early 1960s is what put Nevada on the list of the most mineral-rich states in the United States. Deposits commonly known as Carlin Trend minerals have a greater value than any of the mineral resources available in the country. If you are a gold digger, Nevada's vast public lands offer great opportunities for new discoveries.
Sure, gold diggers can still find some gold all over the state, but it won't be in considerable numbers like in Nevada, Arizona, California and other popular states that contain gold.