El Dorado County, California Mines

El Dorado County is the site of the 1848 gold discovery at Coloma that initiated the great California Gold Rush.

WMH Mine Discovery Tools for Google Earth are available for El Dorado county

El Dorado County California mine distribution
Image from the WMH Mine Discovery Tools for Google Earth illustrates gold mine distribution in part of El Dorado County

El Dorado County has 2,599 mine records in the USGS MRDS database, making it one of the top mining counties in the nation. Gold mines are the most common mine type, with 2,334 mines being listed with gold as a primary commodity.

Plumas County has eight gold mines that the USGS identifies as significant producers, which is notable given that it is not uncommon for many counties in the West to have no mines considered significant.

El Dorado County contains at least 20 historically important gold mining districts.

El Dorado County California mine distribution
El Dorado County historical mining features

About the MRDS Mines Database:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

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