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Boyds in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Black Hill Gold Mine

 
 
Black Hill Gold Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2008
1. Black Hill Gold Mine Marker
Inscription.  Several pits for the mining of gold formerly existed in Black Hill Regional Park. A result of gold mining fever in Montgomery County between 1850 and 1950. In this open pit extraction site, miners used simple picks and shovels. Ore containing gold was rarely found in this vicinity However, since the Appalachian gold belt passes through Maryland to the west at Great Falls on the Potomac River. In 1947, George Chadwick of Washington Grove purchased this property for a summer retreat and named it Gold Mine Farm. In the 1950s, Mr. Chadwick installed a cement floor and converted the mine temporarily to a bomb shelter. M-NCPCC purchased the property in 1965.
 
Erected by Montgomery County Parks Commission, Department of Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
 
Location. 39° 11.793′ N, 77° 17.508′ W. Marker is in Boyds, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Lake Ridge Drive 0.1 miles north of Lake Ridge Drive, on the left when traveling north. The marker
Black Hill Gold Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2008
2. Black Hill Gold Mine Marker
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is in the yard of the Black Hill Regional Park office in what was previously George Chadwick's house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds MD 20841, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Honor the Memory of George A, (Jay) Chadwick Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Waters' Mill (approx. half a mile away); Railway Bed (approx. 1.6 miles away); Reflections of Old Germantown (approx. 1.9 miles away); Liberty Mill (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Germantown Bank (approx. 1.9 miles away); Dowden's Ordinary: The Elephant Comes to Clarksburg (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dowden’s Ordinary (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  There Was Gold in That Black Hill. Posted by Susan Soderberg on the Germantown Patch (Submitted on August 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Entrance to the Gold Mine/Bombshelter image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 20, 2008
3. Entrance to the Gold Mine/Bombshelter
Gold Bearing Rock image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 21, 2012
4. Gold Bearing Rock
Schist with quartz veins of the Appalachian Gold Belt inside the Gold Mine.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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