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Monday, 11 August 2008 04:22
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Gold can still be found in the Marysvale area. If you go southwest of Marysvale by 6 miles, in the Tushar Range, you will be in the Mount Baldy (Ohio) District. This district produced 77,500 ounces of gold between 1868 and 1958. In Pine Gulch the bar and bench gravels contain placer gold. At the Ohio Camp, there were man area mines with minor gold showings, with silver. At the Mount Baldy camp, many area mines and claims contain lode gold.

The Deertrail Mine was the principal producer in the area, but was primarily a lead - silver lode with a by product of gold. If you go West by Northwest of Marysvale by 10 miles, in the northwest part of county, you will be in the Gold Mountain (Kimberly) district, with some of the mines in adjoining Sevier County. This district had a total production of 159,000 ounces of lode gold from 1889-1959. The Annie Laurie Mine was the most productive in the district. The Sevier Mine was second most productive. There are many mines in the district with gold showings.

The Kimberly Mine, located in the Tushar Mountains, was once the queen of Utah gold camps, employing 300 miners around the turn of the century.  The town flourished until its mines closed in 1907.  Its now a ghost town. Visitors can see some of the old mines along the 2.5 mile "Canyon of Gold Driving Tour" that starts at the Fishlake National Forest boundary in Bullion Canyon west of Marysvale.  A brochure, available at the trailhead, interprets 10 historic mining features including old mill sites, mines, the foundation of a boarding house, remnants of an 1870s toll road, and an arrastra which may be of Spanish origin.  The highlight of the tour is the Miner's Park.  An easy quarter-mile trail winds around interpretive displays of authentic late 1800 and 1900 mining equipment.  Other features include a mine portal and shaft, a fully furnished cabin, and a blacksmiths shed.  A picnic area is available.





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