Gold in the Gulch

Gold in the Gulch (HMXI4)

Location: Deadwood, SD 57732 Lawrence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 22.497', W 103° 43.798'

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Placer miners first looked for gold among the gravel and sand in the creek bottoms, such as the one near you. If panning was productive, a group of miners would build a sluice to wash gold from the gravel.

[Illustration captions, left to right:]
Library of Congress
Individual prospectors used a metal pan to separate gold from sand and rocks. The miner swirled the sand and water mixture, allowing the heavy gold to sink to the bottom.

[Photo:] Library of Congress
A Sluice removed the gold from dirt and gravel on a larger scale. The riffles on the bottom of the slanted boxes caught the gold, while water rinsed away the waste.

"This was a Rockey day on us... Ground Sluiced Some but could not make it go commenced Shoveling in when or best Riffel come out. I Swore Some, think we lost lots of money Had two days run in the Sluices... Musketos are geting thick"
June 8, 1876, from the diary of Jerry Bryan
[Photo:] Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas

HM NumberHMXI4
Marker Number2
Placed ByDeadwood Historic Preservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 12:08pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 601180 N 4914303
Decimal Degrees44.37495000, -103.72996667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 22.497', W 103° 43.798'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 22' 29.82" N, 103° 43' 47.88" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Siever St, Deadwood SD 57732, US
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