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    where to look for gold in texas

    Im new to gold panning does anybody know where to look for gold in texas?

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    Any good jewelry store. Just kidding. They say there is gold in the Guadalupe Mtns. in West Texas, but who knows. Geology is wrong I heard. Gold in Sandy Creek right south of Llano, but it is powder(?) gold and it is extremely hard to recover. There are legends like the lost Texas rangers and the deposit they found or the Franklin Mtns. mine above El Paso, but seriously. The Llano uplift area(igneous) is a billion year old rock formation. A UT geology prof told us that any gold in central Texas had washed away or eroded over time, if there was any to begin with. So you are on your own. I can tell you that if you go up to Brady, then east for about 10-15 miles you can find silver in the creeks. Look for black rocks, pebble to hand size, scratch the thing and if you see shiny, well you have pura plata. Those are free for the taking. Good luck and don't chase the legends...
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    www.texfiles.com/contents/index.htm Under Feature Stories. Article by Ira Kennedy about panning for gold in Texas. Good info, more than I thought. If you find gold, you owe me a coke...
    Last edited by austin; Aug 02, 2012 at 12:32 AM.

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    Ok thanks

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    Austin is right-in a jewelry store.That's why i'm flying to Phoenix on the 19th to meet with a realtor to look at 3-4 houses in Wickenburg,gonna try that for a couple of years.

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    OOPS-i'm from San Antonio also.

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    Look for gold in rivers,the gold underground was mined in 1900's.
    Rivers carry many cool stuff,i don't know a lot about Texas even though I've been there a few times.
    I am not an expert at gold mining or panning because i am waiting for the time when i can pan for gold.
    I do know yet a lot about gold.
    To me,Rivers carry gold that never shines.

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    Ok ill going to try a couple places around here.i do alot of hiking in the surrounding states ill start taking a pan with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notyourtacosalad View Post
    Look for gold in rivers,the gold underground was mined in 1900's.
    Rivers carry many cool stuff,i don't know a lot about Texas even though I've been there a few times.
    I am not an expert at gold mining or panning because i am waiting for the time when i can pan for gold.
    I do know yet a lot about gold.
    To me,Rivers carry gold that never shines.

    Where are you from? There is no gold in Texas. The place it would have been is precambrian rock over a billion years old. Any gold washed away millions of years ago. And gold has never been mined here because it doesn't exist here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan roberts jr View Post
    Ok ill going to try a couple places around here.i do alot of hiking in the surrounding states ill start taking a pan with me.

    New Mexico, YES, Arizona, YES, Texas, NOOOOOOOO!

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    Some actual facts.......

    http://www.icmj2.com/01Oct/01OctFeature.htm


    Gold Mining In Texas


    Gold mining has not been extensive in Texas, as the occurrence of the metal is limited. Main production, confined to the Presidio and Hazel mines in West Texas and the Heath mine in the Llano district, amounted to a total of 8,277 fine ounces by 1942 and was valued at $233,499. Most of the gold produced has come as the byproduct of silver and copper ores, but traces of it occur in the Shafter, Van Horn, Allamoore, and Quitman mountains, and in Howard, Taylor, Irion, Uvalde, and Williamson counties with other rocks and ores. Since the closing of the Presidio mine in September 1942 there has been little production of gold.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    Thomas J. Evans, Gold and Silver in Texas (Mineral Resource Circular 56 [Austin: Bureau of Economic Geology, 1975]). University of Texas, Texas Looks Ahead: The Resources of Texas (Austin, 1944; rpt., Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1968).


    You may also want to contact one of the prospecting clubs near you for some first hand info.


    Texas

    Gold Prospectors Of El Paso (GPEP)
    (West Texas and Southern New Mexico)
    E-Mail: elpasoprospectors@att.net or jumbuck2@Juno.com or matt2832@aol.com
    Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of every month @ 7:00 PM, 2100 San Diego Street, El Paso, Texas.
    Outings: Once every month.
    GPEP is a free non-profit locally controlled Chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America. The purpose is to promote prospecting with individuals and families.

    G.P.A.A. of Granbury
    North Central Texas, (Granbury, Tx.)
    Contact: Robert Lisi
    E-Mail: gpaa77@yahoo.com
    1-817-937-8577
    Contact: Gerald Mitchell
    E-Mail: gpaa77@yahoo.com
    1-817-279-9250
    Meets 2nd Sun. monthly 2pm

    G.P.A.A. of Greenville
    East Texas Chapter, (Greenville, Tx.)
    Contact: Don Brisendine
    E-Mail: donlin@etex.net
    1-903-725-7960
    Meets 3rd sat. monthly @ 2 pm

    G.P.A.A. of Northeast Texas
    1251 Donna Dr.
    Richardson, TX 75080 USA
    Contact: Phil Caffey (President NE TX GPAA & State Director TX)
    1-972-680-0377
    E-Mail: fowoda@aol.com
    Contact: Don Brisendine (Vice President)
    Ph: 1-903-725-7960
    Contact: Ron Woodruff
    Ph: 1-903-496-7616

    G.P.A.A. of Northwest Texas
    Texas USA
    Contact: Phil Caffey (Chapter Leader)
    1-972-271-1066 or mobile: 1-214-769-0825

    El Paso Prospectors Club
    3623 Titanic Dr.
    El Paso, TX 79904 USA
    Contact: Elizabeth Corliss

    Big Spring Prospectors Club, Inc.
    606 E. "3rd"
    Big Spring, TX 79720
    Meetings: 2nd Thursday, 7:30 pm, Club Building, 606 E. "3rd" St.

    Gold Dusters & Treasure Hunters
    El Paso, TX USA
    1-915-590-7441

    Prospectors Club of El Paso, Texas
    El Paso, TX USA
    1-915-751-4065


    Here is a short list of areas where fine gold and small flakes are currently being found in Texas by panning.......



    • San Saba RIver
    • Heath
    • Honey Creek
    • Big Sandy Creek
    • Baby Head Creek
    • Pecan Creek
    • Bull Head Creek
    • Llano River
    • Fredericksburg
    • Harwood
    • Walnut Creek
    • Gazley Creek
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodyguy View Post
    Some actual facts.......

    Gold in Texas - October 2001 IssueGold Mining In Texas


    Gold mining has not been extensive in Texas, as the occurrence of the metal is limited. Main production, confined to the Presidio and Hazel mines in West Texas and the Heath mine in the Llano district, amounted to a total of 8,277 fine ounces by 1942 and was valued at $233,499. Most of the gold produced has come as the byproduct of silver and copper ores, but traces of it occur in the Shafter, Van Horn, Allamoore, and Quitman mountains, and in Howard, Taylor, Irion, Uvalde, and Williamson counties with other rocks and ores. Since the closing of the Presidio mine in September 1942 there has been little production of gold.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    Thomas J. Evans, Gold and Silver in Texas (Mineral Resource Circular 56 [Austin: Bureau of Economic Geology, 1975]). University of Texas, Texas Looks Ahead: The Resources of Texas (Austin, 1944; rpt., Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1968).


    You may also want to contact one of the prospecting clubs near you for some first hand info.


    Texas

    Gold Prospectors Of El Paso (GPEP)
    (West Texas and Southern New Mexico)
    E-Mail: elpasoprospectors@att.net or jumbuck2@Juno.com or matt2832@aol.com
    Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of every month @ 7:00 PM, 2100 San Diego Street, El Paso, Texas.
    Outings: Once every month.
    GPEP is a free non-profit locally controlled Chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America. The purpose is to promote prospecting with individuals and families.

    G.P.A.A. of Granbury
    North Central Texas, (Granbury, Tx.)
    Contact: Robert Lisi
    E-Mail: gpaa77@yahoo.com
    1-817-937-8577
    Contact: Gerald Mitchell
    E-Mail: gpaa77@yahoo.com
    1-817-279-9250
    Meets 2nd Sun. monthly 2pm

    G.P.A.A. of Greenville
    East Texas Chapter, (Greenville, Tx.)
    Contact: Don Brisendine
    E-Mail: donlin@etex.net
    1-903-725-7960
    Meets 3rd sat. monthly @ 2 pm

    G.P.A.A. of Northeast Texas
    1251 Donna Dr.
    Richardson, TX 75080 USA
    Contact: Phil Caffey (President NE TX GPAA & State Director TX)
    1-972-680-0377
    E-Mail: fowoda@aol.com
    Contact: Don Brisendine (Vice President)
    Ph: 1-903-725-7960
    Contact: Ron Woodruff
    Ph: 1-903-496-7616

    G.P.A.A. of Northwest Texas
    Texas USA
    Contact: Phil Caffey (Chapter Leader)
    1-972-271-1066 or mobile: 1-214-769-0825

    El Paso Prospectors Club
    3623 Titanic Dr.
    El Paso, TX 79904 USA
    Contact: Elizabeth Corliss

    Big Spring Prospectors Club, Inc.
    606 E. "3rd"
    Big Spring, TX 79720
    Meetings: 2nd Thursday, 7:30 pm, Club Building, 606 E. "3rd" St.

    Gold Dusters & Treasure Hunters
    El Paso, TX USA
    1-915-590-7441

    Prospectors Club of El Paso, Texas
    El Paso, TX USA
    1-915-751-4065


    Here is a short list of areas where fine gold and small flakes are currently being found in Texas by panning.......



    • San Saba RIver
    • Heath
    • Honey Creek
    • Big Sandy Creek
    • Baby Head Creek
    • Pecan Creek
    • Bull Head Creek
    • Llano River
    • Fredericksburg
    • Harwood
    • Walnut Creek
    • Gazley Creek
    Seeking gold don't mean finding it. You pull 2 grams out of any of those creeks and I will kiss your rosy red in the middle of IH10 and give you 30 minutes to draw a crowd to watch it happen. Sorry to be rude, but I have the feeling you've never tried any of those places.

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    Austin,

    You are right about one thing, I have not personally tried any of those places. Evidently you have, sorry if they didn't pan out for you. I was merely passing along information related by those who have found gold, along with providing some credible references.

    I have a friend who prospects the Llano River and regularaly recovers small amounts of gold from it. Perhaps you should ask some of the 100's of members of the Texas prospecting clubs why they would waste their time and money on equipment prospecting for gold in Texas since according to you there is no gold in Texas.
    The contact telephone numbers for some of the Texas Gold Prospecting Clubs are posted above.

    Here are some photos of gold found in Texas by members of the Roundrock GPAA Club of Austin TX.... http://www.roundrockgpaa.net/txgold.html

    AUSTIN, TX
    ROUND ROCK CHAPTER
    KEVIN GREEN KEVIN@ROUNDROCKGPAA.NET
    512-310-8111




    You can add these creeks to the above list as well.
    Comanche Creek, Coal Creek, and Crabapple Creek and for nuggets try dredging the Guadalupe river near Kerrville TX.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodyguy View Post
    Austin,

    You are right about one thing, I have not personally tried any of those places. Evidently you have, sorry if they didn't pan out for you. I was merely passing along information related by those who have found gold, along with providing some credible references.

    I have a friend who prospects the Llano River and regularaly recovers small amounts of gold from it. Perhaps you should ask some of the 100's of members of the Texas prospecting clubs why they would waste their time and money on equipment prospecting for gold in Texas since according to you there is no gold in Texas.
    The contact telephone numbers for some of the Texas Gold Prospecting Clubs are posted above.

    Here are some photos of gold found in Texas by members of the Roundrock GPAA Club of Austin TX.... Gold Found in Texas

    AUSTIN, TX
    ROUND ROCK CHAPTER
    KEVIN GREEN KEVIN@ROUNDROCKGPAA.NET
    512-310-8111




    You can add these creeks to the above list as well.
    Comanche Creek, Coal Creek, and Crabapple Creek and for nuggets try dredging the Guadalupe river near Kerrville TX.


    Respectfully,
    GG~
    Gold? Is that what that is? There isn't enough "gold" there to buy a chicken fried steak at the Hungry Hunter in Llano. If you read the top, I said there was powder gold, but you'll never pay for your gas and beer, not to mention rent, with "finds" like these. But you just pan away and enjoy yourselves. Tough way to make a buck though. God Bless you buddy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin View Post
    Gold? Is that what that is? There isn't enough "gold" there to buy a chicken fried steak at the Hungry Hunter in Llano. If you read the top, I said there was powder gold, but you'll never pay for your gas and beer, not to mention rent, with "finds" like these. But you just pan away and enjoy yourselves. Tough way to make a buck though. God Bless you buddy...


    That's cool..... wasn't trying to say that you could get rich. Most folks new to panning never make gas/rent money no matter where they go. For most it's the fun of the outdoors.

    I was just trying to answer the question from the "OP" (original poster) who just wanted to know where to look for places to pan in Texas.

    GG~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodyguy View Post
    That's cool..... wasn't trying to say that you could get rich. Most folks new to panning never make gas money no matter where they go. For most it's the fun of the outdoors.

    I was just trying to answer the question from the "OP" (original poster) who just wanted to know where to look for places to pan in Texas.

    GG~

    Tell you why my attitude about gold in Texas sucks: Summer of 1982, grad student(me) at Texas Tech. They gave me a job to pay for next years tuition. We had a contract with the state of Arizona to nominate structures to the National Historic Register and I had to do the research. They gave me a van with Texas Tech University on the side, a credit card and $900 a month. Wow, I made it. In Tempe I decided to drive out to see the Superstitions. Across the highway from them I saw a guy in the distance with a metal detector. I drove over to him. He relaxed when he saw TT on the door of the van. He had on jeans, boots ,a Colt SAA and a big Bowie type knife. I asked him what he was doing and he replied that his hobby was to follow creekbeds, ravines and culverts and find gold nuggets that had washed out of the mountains for years. I asked him if he was ever successful and how much could you make? He said,"well,I only do this on Saturday and sometimes Sunday and last year I made somewhere between $70 and $80,000 dollars". I almost had a heart attack. He had a pouch full of BB to marble sized shiny, wonderful gold things and explained that he sold them to a jeweler in Scotsdale who paid him really well for them. That was 1982. I have spent days panning most of those creeks you mentioned and maybe, just maybe made a couple of hundred bucks. So when someone says Texas gold, I just laugh and try to persuade them not to waste their time. True, it's all we have and I guess we have to make the most of it and tell me where to meet you to kiss your you know what. I've always thought that there should be a major deposit around the Llano Uplift area, but I've never found it. I have found quartz with small veins, but not very high quality. There is silver in the creeks out east of Brady and you can sometimes find pura plata, but not much. By the way, I asked the guy in Arizona where the best place to go was. He said around Globe or up in the Wickenburg Mountains. I don't know if anything he told me was true, but his gold was impressive...

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    I have the same problem here in Indiana.... Mostly fine glacial drift gold, finding nice pickers here is scarce, and finding a small nugget is rare.
    That's why I travel across country to do any serious prospecting and Texas is definitely not on my list of places to go.

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    Greetings everyone.
    I guess this is my first post on this forum.
    I live in Llano Co. TX on the Llano River. Yes you can find gold in the river and in just about any creek in the Llano uplift area. In the last 14 years of prospecting the area I have seen maybe 10 small BB sized nuggets come out of the area. I found a 9 gr nugget 4 years ago with my modded Minelab SD2200. It took hundreds of hours of searching before I found that one mugget. The most gold that I have ever seen dredged out of the area was 2 pwt. It was found on a private rance with a 6" Keene Dredge. We had a full 6hrs of dredge time and a lot of that gold came out of our tailings. There are small mines all over the Llano Co. most are just small holes in the ground but some are extesive with large tailing piles and rail track laid, but they are all on private property. The Llano river is your best bet for acess to gold prospecting in Texas, there is also a pay to dig place called Longs fishing Camp 325-388-6131 tell them Todd sent you. A state permit is required to prospect on state owned land like the Llano river, but most of the river with acess is already permited out. You should get permision from permit holders before you go prospecting on their area's, some of them have special rules. You can find out who holds the permit on the area you want to prospect from the General Land Office, please be nice to these people because they have been nice to prospectors. You are not going to get rich prospecting in Texas but you can have a good time. If you want to go on an outing I think the Round Rock GPAA group still does a couple a year. Since I have lived here most of my life I am lucky that I have access to some of the ranches in the area and I can tell you there are places in Texas that have just as much gold as New Mexico, but most will not have access to it. If you drive through and see a 4" Keene dredge in the river its probably me or Earl and sometimes you will see an old fart with us and that will be Boo Coo.

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    You realize that you can pan more gold at Knott's Berry Farm in California than in Llano, or Texas for that matter. But you boys keep at it and maybe you can afford to eat at Cooper's someday!

 

 
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