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Mooseland Gold District

Site of the first officially documented discovery of gold in Nova Scotia.

Discovery: May 1860 by John Gerrish Pulsifer, with Mi’kmaq guides Joe Paul, James Paul, and Francis Paul
Years of Production: 1863-1934
Total Gold Production (troy oz.): 3865
Photograph of mine buildings connected by elevated shaft and a large rock pile.

Stamp mill engine house and shaft house, Mooseland Gold Mining Co., 1897.

Photograph by E. R. Faribault. Geological Survey of Canada Photo #5297.

Contemporary photograph of the remains of the base of an arrastre.

Base stone of the small arrastre from 1860 as it appears today at the Mooseland Gold District. Photograph by G. A. O'Reilly.

N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: Aarastra3.jpg

Photograph of two men examining base of an arrastre.

Two prospectors examining the base stone of the arrastre at Mooseland in the mid 1930's.

N.S. Department of Natural Resources Historical Mine Photo Collection: Photo: MooselandArrastra.jpg

Overview and detail of the geography, geology and settlement of the Mooseland Gold District.

Plan and section, Mooseland Gold District, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia.

E. R. Faribault. Geological Survey of Canada Old Series Geology Map 648, 1899.

Contemporary satellite map with the historical gold mining areas and tailings noted for the Mooseland Gold District.

Historical gold mining, Mooseland area, Halifax County, Nova Scotia. P. K. Smith & T. A. Goodwin.

N. S. Department of Natural Resources Open File Map 2009-1, Sheet 48, 2009