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    Gold prospecting in South Carolina

    Hey fellow prospectors and treasure hunters. I started this thread to see what people had to say about gold still in South Carolina. I aq'uired a small tract of land in Smyrna, York County. Land has been untouched since the California rush (except the little old lady that lived there since 1912). Basically I'm wondering has anyone ever picked up a nug in SC. I understand that it would be rare and would be quartz, not like a nug found in the west. If anyone knows of the Dixon Mine, Martin Mine, Horn Mine, or Southern Gold Mine which all closed in 1939 I think by Roosevelt because of the war. I'm near there. They were pulling some good size nugs from the myths. So let me know of your stories of gold found in SC.

    Using a White's GMT. So far about 20 hrs. prospecting. Digging everything under 85% iron somtimes I dig targets anyway off of fence lines. Slow going lots of nails and .22 cal. bullets in rocky soil. Found a few buttons with no markings and some worn down axe heads about 14" down under large roots. Makes you wonder what happened to make someone be so careless with such a valuable asset of the time. I'm going to search it all of course, consentrating on the tickest areas of the forest first since the leaves are down and try to hit as many ridges and hillsides before summer slows things even worse. I'm detecting the area first then I'll dig some prostpecting pits. What gold have you guys seen in SC?
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    Pannin' Fer Gold!! WolfPack="WP"

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    the Confederate Gold Mine near Abbeville is finding lots of quartz laced nuggets...I have yet to find a nugget but I do quite often find pickers, gold I can pick out of a pan with my fingers...this is in the Western part of SC
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    I saw one big nugget two years ago, about 1/4 ounce found in SC, but I don't know where they found it. He had been dredging.
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    Seems theres not alot of people searching for gold in SC even though its the sixth largest gold producing state in the country. Confederate Mining Co. has some good youtube vids of gold found in SC.

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    Pannin' Fer Gold!! WolfPack="WP"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cstyle00 View Post
    Seems theres not alot of people searching for gold in SC even though its the sixth largest gold producing state in the country. Confederate Mining Co. has some good youtube vids of gold found in SC.
    Yep and prior to the '49 gold rush it was #1 and I believe could be way higher than 6th, but it is not regulated under BLM rules for claims on Government land like Western states

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    Gold in SC

    The Carolina Slate belt has been producing Gold for over 100 years, run's through SC, History reports numerous finds in York County.

    The Haile Gold mine out side of Kershaw, Lancaster County is waiting for it's last permit. Reports a minimum 150,000 oz.s of Gold per year for at least ten years,
    I'm sitting on 50 acres next to the main mining area. Haile has bought all the property around me.

    Two Canadian company's are fighting for the mineral rights to land within a fifty mile radius.

    Old maps show many claims along the Slate belt all the way into Charlotte, NC.

    I read where only 5% of the Earth's Gold resource's have been found.

    I was even thinking about starting a GPAA chapter in Lancaster County, SC.

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    Jan 2011
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    Anyone ever prospected along the Reedy river in Greenville or the area? I have a close friend that lives in Mauldin close to the Reedy. Also, any info about the Saluda river just west of there would be helpful as well. Thanks.
    Last edited by Barndawg; Jan 06, 2013 at 02:16 PM.

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    I would really like to get down to lancaster county when I return from afghanistan this coming november.

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    I'm currently in Greenville, anyone need any help or want to teach me a thing of 2?

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    Apr 2009
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    I'm just getting into gold prospecting, I think watching Gold Rush has given me and my wife the bug. I just ordered a panning set and classifiers off amazon. I haven't gotten a sluice yet, wanna try and find a nice place that I get a few colors first. I have a couple of spots mapped out in what I hope is a stream on public property near Kershaw.(I haven't went to check it out yet) Its down stream from Haile Mine so it might hold some good stuff.

    I wouldn't mind seeing if someone has some land in the slate belt area if you would mind if my wife and I could get some dirt samples and test? Maybe hit up a stream and hope for the best Of course anything would be split how ever the property see fit. Maybe if things are good enough I can buy more equipment and we run from there.
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    Barndawg I would stay out of the Reedy if I was you. Same with the Saluda unless you got a haz mat suit you can wear. Pollution is bad enough in both that the EPA doesnt think anyone should enter. The Reedy is the worst though. Along the Reedy there was once many miles of old textiles that closed down years ago but they pumped that river full of Dioxin and worse. Not to mention the bacterial levels and E coli.



    Plus there ain't enough gold to bother with in either for the health risks. Safer to just try some small creeks but even some of those are badly polluted as well.

    And you guys that are looking for places to go, check out Vein Mtn Gold Camp, Thermal City and Lucky Strike. They are about an hour and 10 minutes north of greenville and I go there frequently since I dont have to worry about private property etc. Thermal is closed now but they reopen march 15. The others are still open.
    Sample till you find the hot spot, then mine it till its gone! Then start over...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrobouncer View Post
    Barndawg I would stay out of the Reedy if I was you. Same with the Saluda unless you got a haz mat suit you can wear. Pollution is bad enough in both that the EPA doesnt think anyone should enter. The Reedy is the worst though. Along the Reedy there was once many miles of old textiles that closed down years ago but they pumped that river full of Dioxin and worse. Not to mention the bacterial levels and E coli.

    haha that is funny.. in the summer there are kids playing in the water everywhere. I have always stayed out of it also but I'm not sure why.. I grew up swimming int he Ohio and Kanawha rivers daily. Dupoint dumped some chemical in the Ohio near my home so a few years ago the residents of 6 water districts around us got paid roughly 400$ each to do a blood test for a lawsuit.

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    @Jwoot, yeah its sad I know a lot of people let their kids play in the rivers even the Reedy because they just dont know better.

    Cstyle, sorry for not commenting to you earlier I just now read your question. I think you are looking for too big of gold. SC might have some nuggets but they are few and far between. Look for 100 mesh first (or even smaller) and then trace that back if you can to (a little) bigger gold. I used to look for big chunks of gold when I started and kept wondering why I wasnt finding any. Then when I looked harder at the smaller stuff I was finding, I realized there was small gold in places I had written off as no good, I just hadnt been looking for such small specks.
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    Sample till you find the hot spot, then mine it till its gone! Then start over...

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    Jun 2009
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    I wouldn't mind seeing if someone has some land in the slate belt area if you would mind if my wife and I could get some dirt samples and test? Maybe hit up a stream and hope for the best Of course anything would be split how ever the property see fit. Maybe if things are good enough I can buy more equipment and we run from there. I live in Gray Court which I believe is in the slate belt my property has a creek that is down in a pretty deep valley I have been wanting to do some sampling myself but don't know much except what ive learned on the net. your welcome to come by on the weekend. maybe we can get something going. I made a blue bowl and a rock crusher but don't have a pan or sluce yet but hope to buy a pan soon as for the sluce ill probably just try to make one. -John
    Last edited by johnn; Mar 23, 2013 at 06:04 PM.

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    Tech Overload

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    I would LOVE to have some land up there, with Halie buying everything you know its good ground. I was up that way today panning a little creek off the Lynches Right next to Halie property, or I hope it was next to it and not on it. Oh well

    If you start a GPAA chapter up there and get us some land to work I'll sign up ASAP!! I haven't heard good things about them and the south east, only reason I haven't signed up yet. I PM'd you about that property.

    Quote Originally Posted by gswiger View Post
    The Carolina Slate belt has been producing Gold for over 100 years, run's through SC, History reports numerous finds in York County.

    The Haile Gold mine out side of Kershaw, Lancaster County is waiting for it's last permit. Reports a minimum 150,000 oz.s of Gold per year for at least ten years,
    I'm sitting on 50 acres next to the main mining area. Haile has bought all the property around me.

    Two Canadian company's are fighting for the mineral rights to land within a fifty mile radius.

    Old maps show many claims along the Slate belt all the way into Charlotte, NC.

    I read where only 5% of the Earth's Gold resource's have been found.

    I was even thinking about starting a GPAA chapter in Lancaster County, SC.

 

 
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