Penryn District

Publication Info:
Gold Districts of California
Bulletin 193 California Division of Mines and Geology 1976
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Related: Where to Find Gold in California

This district in southwestern Placer County in the vicinity of the town of Penryn, also has been known as Stewart's Flat. The Ophir district adjoins it on the north and northeast (fig. 20). The town of Penryn was named by Griffith Griffiths, who opened granite quarries here in 1860, after Penrhyn, Wales. Appreciable mining activity here during the 1930s and early 1940s was highlighted by work at the Alabama, Chicago, and Sicily mines.

The principal country rocks arc granodiorite and quartz diorite with some diorite and gabbro. A number of north- to northwest-striking quartz veins, cropping out with nearly vertical dips, range from one to five feet in thickness. The are contains free gold with varying amounts of sulfides. Argentite and tellurides are occasionally present. The milling-grade ore usually averaged 1/3, to 1/2, ounce of gold per ton, but some was considerably richer.

Alabama $1 million+, Chicago $100,000+, Elizabeth, Highway 40, Jenny Lind, Mary Len, Penryn, Sicily $100,000+

Lindgren, Waldemar, 1894, Sacramento folio: U.S. Geol. Survey Geol. Atlas of the U.S., folio 5, 3 pp.

Logan, C.A., 1936, Gold mines of Placer County, Alabama and Chicago mines: California Div. Mines Rept. 32, pp. 10-11 and 16-17.

Geologic Map of Ophir and Penryn Districts

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