Gold Index

These are all the gold related articles and books available at Western Mining History.

Gold Articles

The Colorado Gold Rush

The Discovery of Gold in California

History of Arizona Gold Mining

The Top Ten Gold Producing States

Contemporary U.S. Specimen Gold

From The Discovery of Gold in California – Abraham Thompson (on left) and partners using a long tom at Thompsons Dry Diggings on Yreka Flats. Thompson’s discovery of gold here in March, 1851 started the gold rush to Siskiyou County

Where’s The Gold?

The following articles identify areas with high potential for gold discovery by looking at statewide distribution of mining districts and where historical gold mines coincide with modern placer mining claims. The data used in these articles is from the WMH Gold Maps.

Where to Find Gold in Arizona

Where to Find Gold in California

Where to Find Gold in Oregon

From Where to Find Gold in Arizona

Gold Districts of Nevada looks at Nevada’s top gold districts and is based on data from the WMH Nevada Mining Atlas.


Where to Find Gold: The Top Ten U.S. Counties examines the ten counties with the highest density of active placer mining claims.

Gold Related Books

The following are full books on various gold-related topics.

Gold Districts of California

Mining Districts of Nevada

Placer Gold Deposits of Arizona

Principle Gold Producing Districts of the United States

Placer Examination – Principles and Practice

Members Only Content

Gold Maps for Google Earth Pro

WMH Gold Explorer

WMH Mines Explorer Pro

Mine Discovery Tools for Google Earth Pro

Nevada Mining Atlas

WMH Mines Explorer Pro