HUGE Mining Claim For Sale: Who Want's Go Go Off Grid And Dig?
Categories: Rural Land
MULTIPLE Mines-3,000’+ Tunnels-335’ Shafts BLM Land
“Rare massive Chloride Lode Mining Claim. Multiple mines/gigantic claim - a former underground Au-Pb-Cu-Zn-Au-Mo mine located 3½ miles East of Chloride at 5,900 feet of altitude. Started before 1903. Reopened in 1903 and closed in 1908. Owned at times or in part, by the Chloride Gold Mining Co. (1931); and, the Samoa Gold Mines Corp. Evidence of more recent work.”
|Seller State of Residence:||California||Zoning:||Mixed|
|Property Address:||Chloride, AZ 86431||Acreage:||20.66|
|Type:||Unpatented Mining Claims||See MapPortions of this page and links may be provided by third party content providers such as MapQuest.com, and they are solely responsible for such content.|
20.66 Acre Unpatented Lode Mining Claim on Federal Land in the Historic Chloride AZ Mining District
EXTREMELY RARE National Bureau of Mines Certified Chloride Lode Mining Claim with more than 3,000’ for tunnels and a 335’ deep mine shaft. Likely dating back to before the turn of the century, as production numbers started in 1903 and reference earlier workings.
From the USGS Report in 1947; “A former underground Au-Pb-Cu-Zn-Au-Mo mine located 3½ miles East of Chloride at 5,900 feet of altitude. Started before 1903. Reopened in 1903 and closed in 1908. Owned at times, or in part, by the Chloride Gold Mining Co. (1931--); and, the Samoa Gold Mines Corp.
Mineralization is 6 parallel veins.
Local rocks are principally gray granite intruded by a large dike of microcline granite and a 100 foot dike of rhyolite-porphyry. The principal vein, that strikes N.10ºW. and dips 80ºE., averages 4 feet thick.
The ore shoot was 30 inches maximum width and more than 800 feet long. The granite (Ithaca Peak granite) and rhyolite dikes trend NW
Workings include a 335 foot deep shaft plus more than 3,000 feet of lateral workings (by 1907). Production was about $70,000 (before 1903); and, $110,000 (1903-1908) (period values). Ore was 8% Pb, 5 - 8% Zn, 15 oz. Ag/T and 1.5 oz. Au/T.”
The mine looks pretty solid and clearly has some amazing potential left in the main vein they were following - tons of rich looking ore just ripe for the picking! Visible remains of at least a cabin, bunkhouse, water tank, lots of ore cart track, an interesting collection of miners trash and possibly an onsite stamp mill for crushing ore for transport.
From a report written in May of 1936 called “Mining Activities in the State of Arizona” written by Leslie C. Mott, the then Secretary on the Mining Committee, for the Los Angeles County Chamber of Commerce; “Samoa Mine - is located three and one-half miles east of Chloride. In 1931 the property was acquired by the Samoa Mines Corporation of Chloride, Arizona, with J.H. Hoffnan of Los Angeles as general manager, and Leonard Hoffman of Chloride, superintendent. The ore is gold, silver and lead. It is equipped with a 15 hp gasoline hoist and a 280 cu.ft. air compressor. They are shipping 100 tons of ore per month and employing 12 men. They purchase their supplies in Los Angeles County. It is their expectation to be able to ship from four to six carloads of ore within a very short time and to continue to work on their cross cut tunnels.”
This claim is going to require 4-Wheel Drive to access it, but it’s worth it for the serious miner as you can see the potential of this site in the below pictures. It’s a pretty secluded location - like most mines of real value, they had to basically build a road to the ore. And a ton of level/open room onsite to stage equipment/parking. Absolutely beautiful area, and a mild climate for Arizona means you can work it year-round