Negro Head Shale

The Negro Head Shale is a gold mine located in Calaveras county, California at an elevation of 899 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

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.

Mine Info

Name: Negro Head Shale  

State:  California

County:  Calaveras

Elevation: 899 Feet (274 Meters)

Commodity: Gold

Lat, Long: 38.21361, -120.84306

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Negro Head Shale MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Negro Head Shale
Secondary: Nigger Head Shale


Primary: Gold


State: California
County: Calaveras

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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Past Producer
Operation Type: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N
Deposit Size: S


General Physiographic Area: Pacific Mountain System
Physiographic Province: Cascade-Sierra Mountains
Physiographic Section: Sierra Nevada

Mineral Deposit Model

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Analytical Data

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Ore: Gold
Gangue: Quartz


Comment (Deposit): Vein

Comment (Names): The original site name contained a derogatory word that has been changed according to Department of the Interior policy outlined at See Chap. 3, Policy V. The revised form of the name now appears in the permanent record as the "Current" or preferred site name, and the prior, derogatory name is labeled "Previous".


Reference (Deposit): Logan, C.A., Franke, H., 1936 , Mines And Mineral Resources Of Calaveras Co.: CDM California Journal of Mines and Geology, Vol. 32 , No. 3 , P. 31

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