Gold Prospecting

Over the years, we've had questions from patrons regarding the availability of maps of this area (SC/NC/GA) that include gold prospecting information. The Greenville 1 degree x 2 degree quadrangle is the area where this information can be located. Our library has 2 maps of this Greenville quadrangle with prospecting information. They are located in the stacks area on the 3rd floor of the R.M. Cooper Library, under call numbers I 19.113:MF-2198-A and I 19.113:MF-2215-C. These Miscellaneous Field Studies are published by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey division.

See Geologic Maps and Block Diagrams of the Barite Hill Gold-Silver Deposit and Vicinity, South Carolina and Georgia online, or the paper copy in the 3rd floor stacks - call number I 19.76:99-148-A.


Other Prospecting Information

For a Professional Paper on Principal Gold-Producing Districts of the United States, see I 19.16:610, also located on the 3rd floor of the library.

Also see Professiona Paper Gold Deposits of the Southern Piedmont (1948), call number I 19.16:213. This is located on the 3rd floor of the library.

The Carolina Gold Rush can be found on sixth floor, call number TN423.N8 R6 (1971), or the the second edition, see TN423.N8 R6 (1972).

You may be interested in The History of Gold (1966). See call number TN423.A5. (Gold mines and mining in the southern states). This is also located on the sixth floor of the library.

See Principal Gold-Producing Districts of the United States, call number I 19.16:610. This is located on third floor of the library in the Government Documents area.

Preliminary Report on Gold Deposits in North Carolina and South Carolina (1935) is located in Special Collections in the Strom Thurmond Institute, call number TN413S7 P 22.

A Reconnaissance Geologic Map and Location of Mineral Deposits in the Smyrna Region, York and Cherokee Counties, South Carolina: With Supplementary Descriptions of Selected Gold Localities (1980) can be found on the fifth floor of the library, call number QE162.Y6 B8.

Gold Resources of South Carolina (Bulletin 32), by the S.C. Geological Survey, 1998, makes for interesting reading. This is located in the S.C. State Documents area, third floor of the library. It can be located under call number N2197G 2.G55.

Another interesting book, also located in the S.C. State Documents area (third floor), is the Environmental Report, Ridgeway Mining Project, call number H3496Wat 2.E58.

See Gold and Tin Deposits of the Southern Appalachians (1906), call number I 19.3:293. This is a U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin.


True Account

See Death of a gold mine; or The true story of an eye witness who saw the explosion at Haile Gold Mine, South Carolina on the 10th day of August 1908, at approximately 9:15 a.m., by Clyde Calhoun Pittman, with the able assistance and collaboration of his brother. -- Great Falls, S.C. <1972>
This true account is located on the 6th floor of R.M. Cooper Library, call number TN423.S6 P57.