This subject of the History of Gold in New York State is not a easy task as there has been gold discoveries in the state, finding information on it has not been easy but I have managed to find some little bits and pieces of history on the subject. European settlers spread mining northward up the Hudson Valley, into the Adirondacks and westward through the Mohawk Valley. The Europeans never found gold or silver in economic quantities but other metals were discover.


The day July 10, 1776, the Provincial Congress changed its own political title to that of 'Convention of Representives of the STATE OF NEW YORK.'The Empire State was born. With Exuberant sovereignty New York took title to all tract of land formally held by the Crown. To perpetuate settlement the infant state anxiouslybegan to sell off its new holding by issuing Letter Patent. There was a catch to these documents, a huge catch for prospectors. No Letters Patent could be issued absent a clear explanation that any discovered deposits of Gold or Silver belong to the State.

I would very much like to report to you that with passing years the State became less possessive. That is not, however, the case. From the earliest Letters Patent to the most current statutes, New York has always held sole title to deposits of gold and silver within its borders. Whether I find gold on the forest preserve or in my own flower garden, it belongs to the State.

As a disastrous romance had sent Dingle Dangle into the Adirondacks,where hunting, fishing and trapping might take his mind off a broken heart. We also know that Dingle Dangle claimed to have discovered gold.

Back in 1894, Dingle Dangle took a prospecting trip to Ice Cave Mountain at the northern end of North Lake and came back with gold. He told friends that he sent samples down to Newark, New Jersey, for assay. Folks who saw his samples claimed that the gold was mixed with silver, but Dingle Dangle never let on that he had discovered anything but pure gold.

What we don't know about Dingle Dangle is what happened to him. Thomas said Jones was last seen by some guides at the Adirondack League Club's Forest Lodge on Honnedaga Lake. Apparently Dingle Dangle started off into the woods for his camp. That was the last anyone ever saw him. In utter mystery became part of the ancient beaver hunting grounds of the Iroquois. Neither do we know about the veracity of Dingle Dangle's find or of his assey results.

Dingle Dangle Jones may have panned the North Branch of the Black River. The question is, how much would the state know about his auriferous exploits?

Both Ice Cave Creek and the North Branch of the Black River surely become natural mineral sluices during spring run-off. Finding color-bearing sand or gold-flecked quartz in either location might offer a clue about the legendary gold mine of the hermit Dingle Dangle Jones.

This Notice of Discovery procedure has been around, in some format,for a long time. Between December 1791 and December 1997, over 11,000 sworn statements about discoveries of gold and silver have been filed in the office of the secretary of State!

I also have a map of the County Locations of Adirondack Gold Mines/Mills and Actual/Alleged Gold Discoveries. At this time I'm not going to post the map as of yet as it will need more research into the locations as the is some inaccurate information with it.there is 43 Discoveries on the map covering all the counties of the Adirondacks.


by Elizabeth Mackall

The word "Gold" has acted on men like a fever since they first learned to cherish this glittering metal. The gold rush of California was in the year 1849; the rush Colorado in 1858, and the Yukon in 1897.

In 1885 gold fever hit Schuyler County, near Sugar Hill in an area indicated on some maps as Gold Mine Hill. It was located on land which was owned at that timeby Caleb Hayes. It stirred up quite a bit of excitement, according to Mrs. Neil Buck Love, who is the only person I found who actually remembers it. She was very young at the time, but she remembers hearing her family talk about it. She also recalls that there were people trying to sell stock on it. Some people to whom I talked knew that their parents or grandparents had bought stock.

Some area people were not aware that there was once a gold mine in our town, and those who did know had varying opinions as to whether the gold was real, or fool's gold or just a hoax.

At any rate,there were small mining operations for awhile. One person said the mine was 30 feet deep, and that men were let down in baskets. There were pumps to remove the water. However, the was short-lived. By 1891, interest fizzled out and all operations stopped.

Even though the gold mine near Sugar Hill never made anyone rich, to my knowledge, it is an interesting bit of history from the Town of Orange.


Many Claims File For Saratoga, Oneida, and Ulster Counties

Albany, Dec 30 1897- The gold fever seems to have settled over northern New York in earnest. In four days there were filed with the Secretary of State forty-five claims to gold and silver discover by prospectors. On Dec 23 there were three claims, the precious metal bearing lodes being in Saratoga, Oneida, and Ulster counties.

On the 27th of December fifteen claims were received, five of which are in Saratoga, nine in Warren, and one in Jefferson Counties. Dec.28 the mail brought seven, six in Oneida and one in Saratoga; while on Dec. 29 there came to hand twenty claims, as follows: Warren, 15; Saratoga,3; Jefferson,1 and Hamilton,1.

The claims in Saratoga County are situated principally are Saratoga Springs, Greenfield, Corinth, Edinburgh, and Day; those in Warren County, at Horicon and Chester for the most part, Johnsburg, Thurman, Warrensburg,and Stony Creek; in Jefferson County, at Clayton; in Hamilton County, at Indian Lake; in Oneida County, at Verona, and in Ulster County, at Wawarsing.


The Location Comprises Land Covered by Elizabethtown Village.

Elizabethtown, N.Y.,Jan. 25, 1898. John F. Sutphen and Gaylord Logan of Albany, with part claims assigned to Alfred E. Copp an H.P. Coburn of Hamilton, Ont., and Jenne M. Hatch of Buffalo, filed today with the Town Clerk of Elizabethtown, a claim to placer mining of gold and silver. The claim comprises the land covered by the Village of Elizabethtown, on which the Essex County Court House and Jail are situated, making in all about 200 acres of land.


In 1898 four men, Milton and Manny Wood and Fred and George Gosselin, were walking in the woods behind the Eastern New York Reformatory, then under construction. They came upon a rock that seemed to contain gold which test proved it did. 1903 the Napanoch Gold Mining Co. was incorporated with capital stock of $500,000. However, the golden value did not materialize.


Police Captain and a Clerk Stake a Claim on Sandy Lot.

Albany,Nov. 18,1910. C.B. Abel, a police Captain of Binghamton, and W.S.Hale, clerk in the Corporation Bureau of the Secretary of the State's office, have filed with the Secretary of State a mining claim, covering several thousand square feet of land, located between Court and Robinson Streets, in Binghamton. The surface of the claimants say a chemist has reported that the sand contained 44.50 worth of gold to the ton.

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