Honcut District

Posted July 16, 2009 in Gold Mining
Publication Info: Gold Districts of California Bulletin 193 California Division of Mines and Geology 1976 Table of Contents

Location and History.
This is a gold-dredging district in southwest Butte County along Honcut and Wilson Creeks northeast of the town of Honcut. The name comes from Hoankut, an Indian village once situated on the Yuba River just below the mouth of Honcut Creek. The Bangor district is just to the east. The creeks were first worked by hand methods in the early days. Bucket-line dredging began in 1909 and continued until around 1920. There was some dragline dredging in the district during the 1930s.

Pleistocene gravels and Recent creek gravels overlie bedrock of greenstone and green schist. Digging depths averaged about 20 feet. The dredged area covers about 1000 acres.

Waring, C. A., 1919, Butte County, gold dredging: California Min. Bur. Rept. 15, pp. 187-198.

Winston, W. B., 1910, Honcut Creek dredging district: California Min. Bur. Bull. 57, pp. 158-159.

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