In the early 1900's when the price of gold was $20.67 per ounce, operations were begun and nuggets began appearing. As the Magalia miners worked their way north, they hit coarser and richer gold. Gold nuggets weighing from 5 to 25 ounces were common finds. During the early part of the 1900's, the Magalia Gold Mining Company made several offers to Mr. Steifer of $2,650,000 to $3,180,000 for the Steifer Gold Mine. However, Mr. Steifer stood firm, rejecting these offers for his property.
During the mine's first 5 years of operation from 1902 to 1907, a reported $40-$50 million in gold was removed from Steifer Mine. Around 1910, a nugget with a value of $363 was found weighing in at 17.56 ounces! Many miners had to be checked for stealing nuggets from the mine.
The mine continued to operate until 1926. Plans were made to open the main channel where the richer gold was found, and then work both channels simultaneously, providing over one mile of pay gravel. However, through many troubled times only 350 feet of the tributary was worked. Although the mine has been closed since 1926, it is clear that it is extremely rich in gold and other minerals and has tremendous value and potential for huge profits.