Gold in the Southwest: Texas

You may be surprised to learn that although much of Texas is not geologically "suited" for gold mineralization, the "Lone Star" State does contain the precious yellow metal in both veins and placers in isolated locations. Here's the rundown:

Central Texas

Llano County :

The Heath Mine near the town of Llano operated from 1896-1899 and produced gold as well as other adjunct metals. Just north of the Heath Mine is Gold Mine Creek, a feeder tributary of Sandy Creek. Both of these streams were panned for placer gold in the mid-to-late 1800s when the average take was about a dollar per day (gold was at $16.00-22.00 per troy ounce back then).

(The Llano River.)

As far as I can determine, most of these gold values came in the form of fines and small flakes. Based on the available information, it would probably be a good idea for any would-be Texas placer miner to sample any stream or low-laying area near the town of Llano for indications of placer gold.

Mason, Gillespie, and Burnet Counties:

In addition to Llano County, gold is also sporadically found at various locations throughout the Llano Uplift of Central Texas. Auriferous stringers (narrow veins) are known to bisect or transect many of the Precambrian epoch metamorphic rocks in Mason, Gillespie, and Burnet Counties as well.

Small amounts of placer gold have been recovered from numerous creeks in the Llano Uplift Region. Miners should pay particular attention to streams that cut across outcrops of the so-called "Packsaddle" schist, since fines and small flakes of placer gold can be found in these spots.

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Gold-Bearing Streams:

Here is a list of streams known to contain placer gold in the Central Texas Region:

Llano River
Little Llano River
Pecan Creek
Sandy Creek
San Fernando Creek
Walnut Creek
Gold Mine Creek
Silver Mine Creek
Comanche Creek
Coal Creek
Crab Apple Creek

West Texas

Varying amounts of both hard rock (auriferous stringers) and placer gold have been found in West Texas in and around the following locations:

Hazel Mine (North of Van Horn in Culbertson County.)

Quitman Mountains (Hudspeth County.)

South Flank of the Chinati Mountains (Sometimes referred to as the "Shaftner" District. This area is in the Chinati Mountains that overlook the "TexMex" border towns of Presidio and Ojinaga. From 1880 until Word War II the Presidio Mine yielded more than 90% of the state's total silver and gold.) - any strap, any length, any color!

Also note that very small amounts of placer gold have been reported or recovered in other parts of Texas, although few details are available in terms of location or amounts.

So there you have in the "Lone Star" State. Who would of thought?

If you liked this post, you may want to read:  "Underwater Gold Sniping: a Low-Cost Alternative to Getting the Gold"

(c)  Jim Rocha (J.R.)  2009

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