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    The Gold Belt Folios of California: 1894-1900

    Originally posted these in the Gold Prospecting Forum, thought I'd come over here and share them for the sake of thoroughness...

    As winter settles in and most of us prep for next gold season, some detailed and fascinating old documents may guide the interest of some, and warm the fancy of others more remote.
    These are links to the Gold Belt Folios, the original and highly detailed geologic survey maps of the Mother Lode district and gold deposits of the Sierra Nevada range.

    Some of the notation will be obvious (hello, Auriferous Tertiary gravels), but other gold-bearing rock formations and their ranges can be deduced from careful reading of the text notes for each folio along with inspection of the maps themselves.

    This site has a map showing the locations of each quadrangle and also offers a DVD version, but some of the information they list is slightly inaccurate.

    ** NOTE: I am not involved or affiliated with either Sharing History or USGS in any way. These links are provided for purely informational purposes only. Use them with your own responsibility.

    For the sleuthing gold hound, these are terrific winter reading.
    Hope you all enjoy poring over them as much as I do!

    Folio 3, Placerville. 1894, Waldemar Lindgren. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 5, Sacramento. 1894, Waldemar Lindgren. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 11, Jackson. 1894, Henry Ward Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 17, Marysville. 1895, Waldemar Lindgren and H.W. Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 18, Smartsville. 1895, Waldemar Lindgren and H.W. Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 29, Nevada City Special Folio. 1896, Waldemar Lindgren. 1: 14,400 scale
    Folio 31, Pyramid Peak. 1896, Waldemar Lindgren. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 37, Downieville. 1897, Henry Ward Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 41, Sonora. 1897, H. W. Turner and F.L. Ransome. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 43, Bidwell Bar. 1898, Henry Ward Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 51, Big Trees. 1898, H. W. Turner and F.L. Ransome. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 63, Mother Lode District Folio. 1900, Frederick Leslie Ransome. 1: 63,360 scale
    Folio 66, Colfax. 1900, Waldemar Lindgren. 1:125,000 scale
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caribou369 View Post
    Originally posted these in the Gold Prospecting Forum, thought I'd come over here and share them for the sake of thoroughness...

    As winter settles in and most of us prep for next gold season, some detailed and fascinating old documents may guide the interest of some, and warm the fancy of others more remote.
    These are links to the Gold Belt Folios, the original and highly detailed geologic survey maps of the Mother Lode district and gold deposits of the Sierra Nevada range.

    Some of the notation will be obvious (hello, Auriferous Tertiary gravels), but other gold-bearing rock formations and their ranges can be deduced from careful reading of the text notes for each folio along with inspection of the maps themselves.

    This site has a map showing the locations of each quadrangle and also offers a DVD version, but some of the information they list is slightly inaccurate.

    ** NOTE: I am not involved or affiliated with either Sharing History or USGS in any way. These links are provided for purely informational purposes only. Use them with your own responsibility.

    For the sleuthing gold hound, these are terrific winter reading.
    Hope you all enjoy poring over them as much as I do!

    Folio 3, Placerville. 1894, Waldemar Lindgren. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 5, Sacramento. 1894, Waldemar Lindgren. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 11, Jackson. 1894, Henry Ward Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 17, Marysville. 1895, Waldemar Lindgren and H.W. Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 18, Smartsville. 1895, Waldemar Lindgren and H.W. Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 29, Nevada City Special Folio. 1896, Waldemar Lindgren. 1: 14,400 scale
    Folio 31, Pyramid Peak. 1896, Waldemar Lindgren. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 37, Downieville. 1897, Henry Ward Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 41, Sonora. 1897, H. W. Turner and F.L. Ransome. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 43, Bidwell Bar. 1898, Henry Ward Turner. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 51, Big Trees. 1898, H. W. Turner and F.L. Ransome. 1:125,000 scale
    Folio 63, Mother Lode District Folio. 1900, Frederick Leslie Ransome. 1: 63,360 scale
    Folio 66, Colfax. 1900, Waldemar Lindgren. 1:125,000 scale


    I'm not a gold nugget prospector (strictly coins/relics). But I know that these yesteryear maps are much sought after. Because, heck, go figure: Anywhere they found productive 150 yrs. ago, means it's got places they're yesteryear methods "didn't get it all". thanx for posting !

    Also note, for anyone trying to click on these, it apparently needs a https:// to be typed in at the start of the web address.

 

 

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