Sunday, February 12, 2012

Two Maryland Gold and Silver Tales

(Placer gold has been found near the Great Falls of the Potomac River.)

Here are two of gold and silver treasure tales from the "Old Line State" of Maryland that should prove interesting:

Maryland Placer Gold

Actually, this one is no "tall tale" since placer gold has been found in Maryland in various locations along the Piedmont Plateau since the mid-1800s. The first recorded discovery of stream-borne gold took place near Sandy Springs in Montgomery County not far from the Potomac River's Great Falls.

The Great Falls of the Potomac are located near the boundaries of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia and $10,000 in placer gold nuggets were recovered here by one very lucky miner early on. Remember, this occurred at a time when the price of gold was about $20.00 a troy ounce. Today this same amount of gold would be worth a whopping $800,000 (or close to it)!

(Placer gold nuggets.)

As a small-scale placer gold miner (as well as a treasure hunter) for over three decades now, I can tell you that was some very rich gold ground my friends. If you'd like to learn more about placer gold mining I recommend you visit my small-scale mining site, "Bedrock Dreams." You may also want to get in touch with one of the "Old Line State's" prospecting/mining clubs.

Ahrwud's Lost Silver Mine

As I've already pointed out, precious metals mineralization does occur in Maryland and this includes silver as well as gold. The legend of Ahrwud's Lost Silver mine has figured prominently in the "Old Line State's" treasure history and my well be worth a bit of research time.

This very rich ledge of natural silver was supposedly found and then lost again by a German immigrant and silversmith named Ahrwud (last name) in the latter part of the 1700s. It's said that Herr Ahrwud worked the mine for silver and eventually brought his daughter into the picture to help him.

(Vein outcropping containing silver with lesser amounts of gold and copper.)

Local Indians, fearful that Ahrwud and his daughter would bring more whites into the area, tortured and then killed both father and daughter. The Indians then spent days covering any evidence of the mine and its rich vein of silver.

Wolverine Boots

Ahrwud's Lost Silver Mine is supposed to be located somewhere in the Rattlesnake Hill area of Carroll County, Maryland. However, the only Rattlesnake Hill I could find in Maryland was close in to the border of Maryland and Delaware not far from Milton, Delaware. Go figure...

Good hunting out there.

If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Lost Gold and Silver in Bell and Breathitt Counties, Kentucky (Part 1)"

(c)  Jim Rocha (J.R.)  2012

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