LDMA CAMPS & PROPERTIES
Italian Bar is eight miles northeast of Sonora, California,
just six miles from the restored 1851 gold rush town of Columbia. The area continues to boom today as an LDMA mining camp.
I-Bar was purchased in 1977 and includes 160 acres of patented, deeded gold property on the South Fork of the Stanislaus River
in the heart of the historic Mother Lode.
Current facilities include a clubhouse, toilets, hot showers,
dump station and water for 150 or more RVs. A full-time caretaker is at the camp. The original Nervie’s store has been
restored (this is not a store but a historical building.)
Members camping at Italian Bar also have access to nearly 2 additional
miles of the South Fork Stanislaus River. They also have available claims on Rose and Knight Creeks, a short distance away.
Italian Bar is isolated, yet close to towns providing everything
from lodging and meals to hardware and supplies.
The Loud Mine is in White County, near the eastern end of Georgia’s famous Dahlonega Gold Belt, which stretches
diagonally (southwest to northeast) across the north end of the state.
The camp’s office is staffed with a full-time caretaker.
A clubhouse is available for member’s use. Sanitary facilities, showers, and dump station are available. Camping is
available for over 250 people. Along with 32 water and electric hook-ups with more under construction.
Approximately one-third mile of Town Creek and one of its smaller
tributaries meander through this 39-acre property. Dredges of up to 4” may be used in Town Creek. Highbanking, sluicing
and panning also.
Deep layers of alluvial gravels, separated by dense clay layers,
overlay soft bedrock (saprolite) throughout this region. Numerous gold-bearing quartz veins run through the Loud Mine property.
Coarse gold is mostly found, indicating that it is still relatively close to its source.
In 1863, a gold prospecting party led by mountain man
Pauline Weaver pushed deep into Arizona Territory. Trackers from the party were trailing a runaway burro when, on a dry hill
top (now known as Rich Hill), some “spud-sized” objects in the dirt attracted their attention by reflecting sunlight.
A closer look revealed that the flashy objects were exactly what they had set out to find- huge nuggets of gold! Once word
got out, the stampede started!
Stanton, just north of Wickenburg (and at the base of Rich Hill),
was rescued from obscurity in 1978 when LDMA purchased 65 acres of deeded, patented land for recreational use. Over the years,
several historic buildings, including the Stanton Hotel, have been restored. Recently an additional 60 acres were purchased
which includes the rest of the historic ghost town and a major portion of the main wash that drains the famous Rich Hill!
Members now enjoy camping and prospecting, telephone, showers, water and electrical hook-ups, along with 70 new full hook-ups.
There is a full time care taker on the premises.
Like to get away from it all? Soak up some sun?
Enjoy quiet sunsets? Duisenburg, about seven miles north of Randsburg in California’s Mojave Desert, may be just the
place you’ve been looking for.
Only 140 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the 160 acres of patented
California high desert land was purchased in 1985.
Using a variety of dry-washers and highbanking techniques, LDMA
members have recovered a considerable amount of fine gold and uncovered several pockets of nice nuggets.
A full time caretaker looks after the Association’s clubhouse
and exhibit hall. Hook-ups, however, are not yet available. Future plans include water, bathrooms and a dump station.
This camp is bisected both by The Burnt River and Deer
Creek, and is near the Association’s recent acquisition on Cave Creek. The main stream and its tributaries have been
the source of millions of dollars in gold. But like the Mother Lode in California, early miners didn’t get all the gold.
Gold is still found along the high benches north of Interstate 84, where earlier mining operations reached bedrock.
Burnt River Camp is about 11 miles west of Durkee (just south
of Baker City). The all-weather access road is suitable for all types of vehicles, even trailers. The camp consists of 2 properties
totaling about 167 acres of deeded land which includes a clubhouse, sanitary facilities, dump station and plenty of room for
self-contained recreational vehicles. There is a full-time caretaker on the property.
Scott River Junction, 32.4 miles west of Interstate 5
on Highway 96 near Yreka. Its 28 deeded, patented acres at the junction of the Klamath and Scott Rivers also hold some of
the greatest potential. There are plans underway for a major camp development including tent and RV campsites, restrooms,
showers and a dump station. Currently there is fresh drinking water and a full-time caretaker on the property.
Gold is plentiful in this area, which has easy access and is
replenished annually by spring runoff from the Scotts Bar Mountains. Tributaries such as Barkhouse Creek, McKinney Creek,
Horse Creek and Mill Creek have been producing gold since the mid-1800s.