HUGE Mining Claim For Sale: Who Want's Go Go Off Grid And Dig?
Categories: Rural Land
In 1871, Chloride became the Mohave County seat. The population escalated to approximately 5000, but dropped to 2000 around 1917. It stayed that way until 1944, when the mines were closed due to the low prices of silver and other minerals. Chloride became a virtual ghost town. Presently, the continuous population is around 150 and reaches a high of 250 during the winter months when "snow-birds" come in from the cold. Many of the present day citizens are retirees, artists, musicians, and the like. Some residents work locally, some have their own shops, while others work in the casino industry in Laughlin or Las Vegas or are employed in one of many businesses in Kingman.
Approximately 20,000 tourists from all over the World travel into Chloride each year, with many stopping at the Visitor Center in the Mine Shaft Market. Shop owners sell handmade jewelry, antiques, and just plain junk. There are two restaurants, two bars, several gift shops, a convenience store, fire station, and a few interesting tourist sites, including the historic post office and train station.
The large city of Kingman is only a 30 minute drive from Chloride, where you will find everything from all the fast food chains to a Wal-Mart for all your supplies that can’t be has in Chloride.
This entire area is relatively easily accessible by dirt roads which are normally well maintained, but there are some steep grades and it does get narrow in some spots, so I would recommend using 4-wheel drive to get to this claim. A 2-wheel drive car with good clearance and and experience driver could make the trip, but several times a year the roads can wash out, so caution is advised.
Only about a 4 mile drive outside the center of Chloride, this claim can be access by taking Tennessee Road to Prospect Ave and heading East on Murals Road until you get to Big Wash Road. The claim is on an elevation, so although there are several different flat areas for staging equipment/parking/camping, you’ll need to climb a little in order to access the mines at the higher levels.
The area is full of dirt roads, so a good map and a good GPS unit is a must, but we'll show you exactly where it is on the map as well as provide you with the precise latitude and longitude of each corner marker, so finding it will not be a problem for you.
I advise caution whenever driving or hiking on this claim – the entire valley is dotted with abandoned mines – some of them are easy to see from a distance, and some of them are impossible to see until you are right on top of them. I would estimate that only 20% of them are roped or fenced off – the rest are wide open and you should be extremely careful if entering them.
A couple of spare tires or an air compressor and patch kit or at least a couple of cans of tire sealant is strongly recommended for obvious reasons! Also, be sure to bring in whatever water you may need, as there are almost no water sources in the area 10 months out of the year.
Note that all of the below pictures of this claim were taken by my team and/or myself on a recent visit to this property.
All Pictures are of the actual property – no stock photographs were used