Hydraulic Gold Mining In the South Mountains

Gold mining in Ruthherford County NC along the Second Broad River at the mouth of Box Creek included hydraulic mining which stops at the railroad right of way.

Gold mining in Ruthherford County NC along the Second Broad River at the mouth of Box Creek included hydraulic mining which stops at the railroad right of way.

Soil data from county soil surveys showing Alluvium in yellow,  creek terraces in orange and mined alluvium in red.     Charlotte 1 X 2 degree  geologic map darped over hillshade.

Soil data from county soil surveys showing Alluvium in yellow, creek terraces in orange and mined alluvium in red. Charlotte 1 X 2 degree geologic map darped over hillshade.

Alluvial Gold Mines of Mcdowell Burke and RutherfordHydraulic Gold Mining In the South Mountains

Hydraulic mining in Burke and Mcdowell counties in the 1850s was limited by the elevation of the reservoir on Pilot Mountain which straddles the county line. Water from creeks miles away was channeled and flumed to the reservoir on Pilot Mountain, all by gravity. Headwall elevations of the mine gradually descend with distance from the pond. This mine may have been worked more than once when pumping water became possible using steam power. This is Silvermine Creek. Hydraulic mining put the mud in near by Muddy Creek.

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