GOLDEN IDOL MINE PROPERTY:
located approximately 25 miles east of Prescott and one (1) mile northeast from the town of Cherry, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Arizona has a long and important history of gold mining and exploration. In total, Arizona has produced more than 16 million troy ounces (498 tonnes) of gold to date.
Gold mining in Arizona reportedly began in 1774 when Spanish priest Manuel Lopez directed Papago Indians to wash gold from gravel on the flanks of the Quijotoa Mountains, Pima County. Gold mining continued there until 1849, when the Mexican miners were lured away by the California Gold Rush. Other gold mining under Spanish and Mexican rule took place in the Oro Blanco District of Santa Cruz County, and the Arivaca district, Pima County.
Mountain man Pauline Weaver discovered placer gold on the east side of the Colorado River in 1862. Weaver's discovery started a gold rush to the now ghost town of La Paz, Arizona.
The gold-bearing quartz veins of the Vulture Mine, southwest of Wickenburg, in Maricopa County were discovered in 1863. The mine produced 366,000 ounces of gold through 1959.
Exploration in the Cherry (Black Hills) District dates to the 1880’s when gold was discovered in the region. A subsequent `gold rush` occurred. At the height of exploration and mining activity in the area, approximately 50 properties were being developed and in some form of gold production.
The San Francisco district, which includes the towns of Oatman and Katherine in Mohave County was discovered in 1863 or 1864, but saw little activity until a rush to the district occurred in 1902. The district produced 2.0 million ounces of gold through 1959.
There are currently over 100 exploration companies’ actively seeking gold in Arizona, continuing the long history of gold exploration within the State.