Major California Gold Mining operations are listed below and on the above map. Smaller gold mining mine operations which are not show or listed are the - Bully Choop Mine, Hayden Hill Mine, Cole Cash Mine, Sixteen to One Gold Mine, Red Ledge Mine, Hoffman Mine, Timm Mine, Cal Sierra Mine, McLaughlin Mine Sutter Creek Mine and the Colorado Quartz Mine. Mesquite Gold Mine
- The Mesquite mine is one of the largest open pit gold mines in the United States. The mine is located in Imperial County, California and is above Highway 78. The mine has some unique neighbors located on each side of it. To the south is the 4000 acre Mesquite Landfill and to the north is the Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range. The mine is now run by NewGold and was closed for awhile until NewGold re-opened it in 2007. Briggs Gold Mine
- The Briggs Mine is a open pit mine in Inyo County, California. The mine opened in 1995 and is run by Briggs. The mine is located about 50 miles east of the town of Ridgecrest near Death Valley in the neighboring Panamint Valley. Rand Mine
- Historic mine and mining region near Johannesburg/Randsburg area of California. The famous mine is now owned by the Glamis Gold Inc. on BLM land. Much of the land around this mine is on BLM land and can be still mined today. The three mines that originally made up the Rand Mine and the Yellow Aster, Lamont, and the Baltic. Dozens of other mines and claims are in the area including the Little Butte Mine, Gold Crown Mine, King Solomon Mine, Lamont Pit, Oro Fino, Treasure Hill Mining and many other claims and gold mines. You can still stake and locate a claim or site with the BLM
.Castle Mountain Mine
- This is a abandon open pit gold mine that was once owned and operated by the Viceroy Resource Company. The mine is in far eastern San Bernardino County, California near the Nevada State border. The location of this mine can be found here
. This desert location is a popular spot for people that have four wheel drive vehicles and like visiting history ghost and mining towns and points of interest in this extreme desert region near the Mojave National Preserve. Other small historic mines near Castle Mountain Mine include the historic gold mining town of Vanderbilt
, Morning Star Mine
, Standard Mine No. 2
. and many other smaller shaft mines.
A map showing all major and minor gold mines in California can be viewed at the state geologic website
More interesting California gold mining facts and pictures can be found at the California Geological Survey page.