Our Victory Bar and Yellow Creek Bar placer claims are located in the Butt Valley Gold District. This district is in northwestern Plumas County. It is an extensive area that lies between Lake Almanor on the north and the Virgilia-Twain area area on the south and southwest. The district includes the Caribou and Seneca areas. The Cresent Mills district is just to the east, and the Meadow Valley district lies to the south.
History: During the gold rush vast amounts of placer gold were recovered from the Feather River and its tributaries. The valley was named for Horace Butts, a successful early-day miner. The town of Seneca was an important center at the that time. The Butt Valley Reservoir was contructed by the Great Western Power Company in 1921. Lode-gold mining, which originally began in the 1850s, continued through the 1930s. Since then there has been intermittent prospecting at a few properties such as the Sunnyside Mine. Skin divers and weekend prospectors have been active along the streams.
Geology: The district is underlain by a series of metamorphosed sediments ranging from Silurian to Triassic in age. Slate is most abundant, but also present are sandstone, limestone, quartzite, and conglomerates. In addition, there are greenstones and serpentine.
Ore Deposits: The gold quartz veins occur in breciatted zones in all of the formations, but they are most abundant in the slates and greenstones. The ore contains free gold and varying amounts of sulfides, including arsenopyrite. Milling ore averaged usually only a few dollars oer ton, but the ore bodies were extensive. Some of the veins and vein zones are 20 or more feet thick. An appreciable number of high-grade pockets were found. In places the placer deposits, both Tertiary and recent in age, were extremely rich.
Work Cited: “Gold Districts of California” Edition 193. William B. Clark. 1998