California Gold and Gems (Southern)
This map collection covers the southern half of California from the city of Merced to the southern border. It is intended to assist amateur prospectors, rock hounds, history buffs or anyone else interested in locating gold and gem sites in the southern portion of the state of California. Besides gold and silver, locations for agates, amethyst, bloodstones, chalcedony, fossils, garnets, jade, jasper, obsidian, onyx, opals, petrified wood, quartz and turquoise can be located — just to name a few of the 60 gem site locations included! Readers will enjoy the map of 1910 — divided into four easy-to-read sections–issued by the State Mining Bureau featuring many mineral deposits in southern California.
The history of gold mining, early districts and settlements has been an important subject for many types of publications. The ever-increasing numbers of visiting tourists each year to these ghost sites denotes the awareness of the importance of the gold rush in California. Numerous reports of gold occurrences in the state date back as early as the 1500’s. However, the famous discovery by James Marshall in 1848 at Sutter’s Mill was by far the most significant. It was this discovery that was responsible for the gold rush that followed. California has been the most productive state in the Union reporting more than 106 million troy ounces of gold discovered between 1848 and 1967. The most productive districts were located in the north and central portions of the Sierra Nevada’s.
Using the maps in this collection and studying the information that has been carefully transferred onto the USGS modern day map, many gold and gem sites may be located. All those interested in early mining activities, rocks, gold and gems will want to have both publications for the state of California — the northern edition as well as the southern edition. The gemstone site locations have been compiled from many sources and early maps have been reproduced from authentic documents located in various archival collections. The desert area of southeastern California should be a rockhound’s delight!
California Gold & Gems Maps: Then and Now (Southern Edition) is a package, measuring 6.5″ x 9.5″, which contains five maps printed on both sides. The very readable historical maps measure 17.5″ x 23″ when unfolded. This package includes:
Map #1, side 1 is of the NW Section. Side 2 is a map of gold districts, eastern section
Map #2, side 1 is of the NE Section. Side 2 is a map of gold districts, western section
Map #3, side 1 is of the SW Section. Side 2 is a map of 1910 mineral deposits in the western section
Map #4, side 1 is of the SE section. Side 2 is a map of 1910 mineral deposits, eastern section
Map #5, side 1 is an 1882 map of Inyo County. Side 2 shows miscellaneous mining districts and photos