The gold in the name Gold Strike Village is more that just a name. There was actually gold mining at Gold Strike Village and there is still a lot of gold on the property.
Gold Strike Village is the site of the Hageman mine shown on the USGS maps approximately 2 miles north of San Andreas, California. We understand that this was one of the last gold mines in California to shut down when the United States went off the gold standard in the 1940's. The corregated metal building you see from the property entrance, now used as the park shop building, is one of the remaining buildings from mining days. Inside the building is a massive 10' x 15' concrete foundation that once contained two huge motors and cable windlasses that were used to raise ore from an underground shaft. The entrance of this shaft is now covered over, but used to lie in the middle of the road, just in front of the shop building. In about 1965, because the 12' X 12' wood covering of this shaft was rotted and dangerous, former owners plugged the shaft with concrete and filled it in. The two large iron wheels laying against the hillside in the upper campground once guided 1" lift cables in a headframe over this shaft for removal of the gold ore. We also think that the large wooden wheels were part of a belt assembly that worked the windlasses. The mine car adjacent to the shop was most likely used in this shaft.
The visible mine tunnel adjacent to the upper campground goes approximately 300' into the hillside. This tunnel has a turn to the left and is blocked by debris from the cave-in of the glory hole. Likely the tunnel goes further. Rumor has it that the glory hole was found when the miners in this tunnel needed ventilation and started drilling a hole up to the surface. They encountered some rich ore and later came in from the surface in the location that now appears to be a large pit. This used to be a large cavern, but one day after a heavy rain, and fortunately when it was unoccupied, the cavern collapsed and all that you now see of the glory hole is the huge cut in the hillside about 150' up the hill from the upper campground.
There is also a large cut in the hillside left from mining days near the south end of the lower campground, but we have no knowledge of any tunnel from this area. There are some other tunnels to the south, but not on Gold Strike Village Property.
At the north end of the property, there was at one time a water flume that carried water from the N. Fork of the Calaveras River to a mill located in the flat area on the riverbank just off the new alignment of Highway 49. Gold Strike Road is the original Highway 49.
The gold bearing rock formations run approximately parallel to Gold Strike Road starting at the base of the hill. The geologic formation that contains the gold is known as Jcg and consists of carbonate-talc-sericite altered chlorite schist and greenstone.
In the spring of 1988 a large publicly traded mining company had a geologist crew here for several days to explore the possibility of reopening the mine. Their findings showed there is still a lot of gold on the site, but that at the moment it is not economically feasible to mine it. Visit our clubhouse and see the results of the geologist's assay tests posted on the wall there.
When you visit Gold Strike Village, be sure and look into the mine tunnel. For obvious safety reasons it is closed, but there is a switch to the left of the door. Press the switch and look for "Old Bob Meaner". He's there, just waiting for you to say hello.
Last Updated: February 14, 2013