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Deadwood in Lawrence County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Gold in the Gulch

 
 
Gold in the Gulch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2009
1. Gold in the Gulch Marker
Inscription. 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
 
Erected by Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 44° 22.497′ N, 103° 43.798′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Street

Whitewood Creek image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2009
2. Whitewood Creek
and Water Steet on Pine Street. Touch for map. This marker is adjacent to the "Gold Discovery in the Great Sioux Reservation" marker. Marker is in this post office area: Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gold Discovery in the Great Sioux Reservation (a few steps from this marker); Riches from Mud (within shouting distance of this marker); Civic Stability (within shouting distance of this marker); Bonanza in the Hills (within shouting distance of this marker); Sherman Street and the East Side (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waite Block Annex (about 500 feet away); Serving the Black Hills (about 500 feet away); Deadwood Changing -- 1884 1902 and Now (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
 
Also see . . .
1. Deadwood, South Dakota - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Gold Prospecting Tutorials. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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