Summary of Gold Mining in US Tuolumne County
This is an area long mined, not for gold, but for mercury. One of these, the McLaughlin Mine, had to get 327 different environmentally related permits before one gold bar was poured. By 1995, California was second in the nation in gold production, exceeded only by Nevada. In 1996, California mined 835,000 ounces 326 million.