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Shoshone County Idaho Gold

Shoshone County Idaho Gold

All but about 4,000 ounces of Shoshone County’s 450,000 ounces of gold was mined in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. The mineralized area can be best located from the town of Wallace. Besides its great gold production, the area has also had large deposits of lead, silver and zinc reported. Mining activity is minor in the area at this time, but the placers are occasionally worked.

St. Joe District

West of Calder, in the St. Joe District, there are many area mines in the Shoshone part of the district. Most were lode mines that produced a by product of gold. Along the St. Joe River, in T45N R3, 4 and 9E, many area mines produced lode gold.

Eagle Creek

Eagle City Park is a 35 acre privately owned recreational gold prospecting/mining park located in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest at the old townsite of Eagle City in North Idaho. We are 25 miles from Interstate 90 via the Coeur d’Alene River Road from Kingston, Idaho (Exit 43). The park is between Prichard and historic Murray, Idaho. Eagle City was the site of the first gold rush to the Coeur d’Alene’s and still holds the imagination of those who visit.

The park promotes the hobby of recreational gold prospecting / mining and is the home base of the Northwest Gold Prospectors Association. We have 2000 feet of gold bearing gravels in and along Eagle Creek.


The area around Pine Creek, in T48N R1 and 2E had numerous lead, silver and gold in pyrite mines.

Mullan, Wallace Kellogg and Burke

In this area you will find the Beaver District, Eagle District, Evolution District, Hunter District, Lelande District, Placer Center District, Summit District and Yreka District. At Kellogg, is the great Bunker Hill and Sullivan mines. They are now combined as one of the worlds largest lead and silver producers, but they also produce a by product of gold. The Mammoth Mine, Tiger Mine, Morning Mine, Poorman Mine and Granite Mine were major lode producers. The Sunshine Mine at Wallace was a major producer as well. At T47 and 48N R4 and 5E, in the stream and bench gravels you can find placer gold. In T47N R3 and 4E, the “Silver Belt”, is an area about 7 miles wide runing east to west for 3 miles. There are very many old lead, silver mines that had a by product of gold.

Mammoth Mine

Mammoth Mine

Bunker Hill Mine & Kellogg Mine Idaho


Murray was the original county seat and is now nearly a ghost town. The area right in town, lately especially behind Kris Krisofferson’s Tavern, in the surface soil, you can find nuggets to 10 ounces. Along Prichard Creek and Eagle Creek, there was some very rich placer gorunds of the 1880’s, rivived in the 1930’s and intermittently worked today. The South Fork of the Coeur d’ Alene River, had many rich lead silver lode mines, with a peak production in 1911. All streams in the area produce gold.


Around the Prichard area most of the streams contain placer gold.

Boise County Idaho Gold

Pioneerville "Photo (C) by Daniel Ter-Nedden /"

Pioneerville was also known as Pioneer City and Hogem. A mining town that was here and gone in handful of time. Pioneerville is located north of Boise off of Highway 21 near Grimes Pass, and still has a few standing buildings. The miners had to endure ore shortages and frequent raids by Indian warriors which led to it’s downfall. Pioneerville was one of the first places to be claimed up in the old days and because there was no room for the hoards of miners who came looking for riches, they moved down Grimes Creek to form another mining town called Centerville (see below). In it’s Hey-Day Pioneerville had a population of over two thousand and had the first post office in the Boise Basin. The Grimes Pass area produced roughly 25,000 ounces of gold. Notable gold mines in the area included the Golden Age Mine, the Mammoth Mine, and the largest producer in the area: the Comeback Mine, which produced 50/50 gold and silver.

Centerville once boasted a population of around three thousand people. Once the white miners left the Chinese miners moved in. Once there were a great number of buildings, today however there only remains the outlines of old timbers that marks the spot. There are rich placer deposits all along Grimes Creek, especially on the way to Placerville (see below). Near Twin Springs, along the Boise River are some rich placer deposits. All area gravels, benches and terraces within the historical waterlines contain placer gold. The Illinois Mine and Gambrinus Mine were large lode producers in the area. Across Grimes Creek to the east is the remains of Twin Sisters Mill.

Placerville is mentioned for the sake of history. It was the key supply point for the mining towns that connected to it. To this day there are many standing, in fair shape buildings including a Saloon.In 1863, Placerville had a population of over five thousand. Placerville is part of the Quartzburg District.

Quartzburg got it’s mining jump-start around 1864, when the Gold Hill Mine was found. The Gold Hill Mine had many employees and was operating for several years and produced a lot of gold. 400,000 ounces or more are estimated to have been mined. The Quartzburg District is located in Township 7 North Range 4 East. The Mountain Chief Mine and the Belshazzar Mine were also notable gold producers in the district. In 1931, a fire destroyed most of the town. Many old mines and smaller mining camps can be found throughout the district.

Idaho City streams and creeks all contain gold. Most notable are Mine Creek, and an area known as Horseshoe Bend on the Payette River. The high bench terraces are very rich between streams in the area.

Between 1863 and today over 3,000,000 ounces of gold has been produced in Boise County.

Further Reading:

Basin of GoldLife in the Boise Basin, 1962-1890
Arthur A. Hart

This book captures the flavor of life in the bustling mining camps in the Boise Basin, an area of roughly 20 square miles in the mountains of southwest Idaho. Gold was discovered there in 1862. The words of those who lived in the Basin in the 19th century have qualities that make them worth quoting — they are often picturesque, witty, charming and humorous.

8×8, Paper, 84 pages, illustrated.