Gold Mining in Nebraska
Nebraska like most of the central states has been subject to excited gold mining activity. The most important discovery of gold was that at Milford in 1895 and 1897. There are two possible of gold was at Milford in 1885 and 1897. There were located two possible sources of gold in the state, namely, the glacial drift in the south and east, and that from Rocky Mountains on the west.
Throughout the drift, especially in the southern counties, it was found from time to time small quantities of fine gold, and occasionally a pebble rich in free gold. Assays of the gravels at Crete and Milford reported interesting contents of gold. Several tons of gravel washed were processed. The Milford gold was obtained from decomposed ferruginous granite, found in the drift along the blue River. The centers of excitement were chiefly Seward, Stanton and Franklin counties, but it extended also as far as Harlan County. It was reported that one citizen spent at least $1,000 in 1896 prospecting for gold. At Scott’s Bluff, in the high terraces of the Plate River several hundred claims were staked out during the years 1898-1899. Lincoln was the center of dry-concentrating equipment for these dry placers.
Gold in minute quantities was occasionally found in the sands of the Plate, Nebraska and other streams. The minute quantities along some river beds came from the mountains by drift agencies. The mineral resources were located in several locations and gold was extracted by the plow than otherwise.