Historic Canyon Creek Mines and CampMMC232503
20 Acre Lode Claim – Vipond District – Beaverhead County, Montana
Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Canyon Creek Mining Claim. This is a 20 acre lode mining claim for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The claim is located just outside of Melrose, Montana and has been properly staked and marked at all corners. This previously abandoned mine has been meticulously surveyed, mapped and researched by Gold Rush Expeditions and shown to have excellent potential and value. Field work is completed by our own experienced, well versed Mine Survey Team.
The Canyon Creek Claim is an easily accessible claim, located just outside of Melrose, Montana. These abandoned mines are noted historically for Phosphate production. What does this mean in terms of minerals? Phosphate minerals are minerals that contain metallics which have bonded with phosphates (usually organic). Examples of phosphate minerals are Turquoise, Apatite, and many gem crystals.
In an area well known for extensive gold, silver and tungsten deposits, this claim reports 100% phosphates and is estimated to have produced several hundred million dollars in profits prior to it being sold and subsequently mothballed sometime in the late 1960s.The mine has never really been abandoned, but held as an asset by various corporations including the US Forest Service.
The claim covers a massive grouping of mines with over 8000′ of documented workings. Drifts, adits and winzes on three levels. Gold Rush surveyors located each of the three main level entrances, however, they are at current only minimally accessible. It wouldn’t take much more than a guy, a shovel, and a few days to open up any of these levels and what you find after that is up to you. The claim is up on a high mountainside, but has great 4WD access roads all the way up from the years and years of operation. This is a standard lode claim, running 1500x 600 feet, encompassing 20.66 acres of prime acreage. The claim is written running generally east/west to capture all of the minerals and outcrops. The claim also covers all of the three primary entrances. There is substantial remnants of buildings, and mining support equipment from the 1890s to the 1940s all across the claim.
The access road to the Canyon Creek mining claim is very smooth and can be navigated by car along Canyon Creek until you reach the turn off for the claim. From that point there is a water crossing of a small, but flowing stream (was passable in late summer/early fall). From here the road gets a bit more challenging and should only be attempted by ATV or experienced off road driver with a competent 4WD vehicle. The road is cut on an old mining trail that hasnt seen much love in the past years. It has more than a few sections that are very steep and rugged. One road runs directly to the lower portal of this behemoth mine. There is an old gate, sunk into concrete, that could be locked up to prevent access, just past the creek crossing on the claim side. This was once a very high traffic road that was obviously well used. Today, after decades of snow, melt, sun and not much use have resulted in a road with a lot of rock fall and tree growth. It can be navigated, but it is rough.
The mountainside that the mines are cut into on a steep with many exposed, jagged rock outcrops. These outcrops likely helped the original miners locate the mineral outcrops that they chased into the mountain. The mines are positioned just above Lower Canyon Creek which looks to flow year-round.
Timber from old structures abound. There were no less than 7 buildings on the claim, possibly more. The miners that worked this claim left a lot behind. Gold Rush Expeditions surveyors found everything from cans, to bottles to old beds and car parts. There is also a virtual museum of old mining implements, drill bits and rail road stakes are more common than rocks on the claim. The Canyon Creek Claim includes several leveled areas for previous mining activity that could be rejuvenated for future mining.
There are no less than 8 mines or portals on the Canyon Creek claim. There are three primary portals on three separate levels running up the mountain. The main, or lower level is the largest, and it has been purposefully closed. It is possible to open by hand, but it would be a lot faster to rent a track-hoe for $100 for a day and open all three in one shot. Why not go for the upper entrances that are already partially open? Why would you do that? Well, how about this, the 1960 report of this lower adit stated that there were “Two mancha-style trammers and multiple muckers sit dormant less than 50 feet inside the mine. There are twenty three, two ton ore cars with these trammers showing the extent of the workings and the ores that have been extracted.” This first, and lowest entrance appears to match the description, its on a large flat, with extensive rail, and was at once, a commercial sized, timbered adit. This is also the opinion of the locals who indicated that the mines were closed up with all of the gear and machines inside them. After all, this is mining country, and ore cars and trammers were as common as pine trees.
A bit farther up the hill, there is another large mine entrance. This entrance is also, obscured, but in better shape than the one below it. It is in a direct line with the lower adit, and likely punched in to work more ores out using the gravity method to drop the ores to the lower level. A days work for a few men and you would have the adit open and accessible. This is one of those entrances that really entices you. As you approach the entrance you can hear a howling, this is the massive amount of air that is blowing from the opening. You don’t get this air from small mines, it only comes from the large, deep mines with many entrances and many deep voids.
There are some other small pits and prospects on the way up the mountain, following along the old mining trail, but the next really large entrance is a bit higher up from the first and second. This is another adit, partially collapsed entrance, but accessible. It was a tight crawl in, but a short one, but after only 10 feet or so, we were inside and it began to open up. The remnants of a bulkhead door still sits, partially broken, just a few feet into the mine. This is going to likely be your main entrance until you can open the lower level. The mine is cut in hard rock and lends itself well to working inside. The mine only runs in about 100’ until there is another blockage. This appears to be an intentional block, very common in mines that still have a good amount of value, but are being mothballed for one reason or another. It could have been dug out relatively easy. 2 guys and few hours time, but that will be left to the new claimant. There is a substantial amount of air bellowing around the blockage. We found extensive timber work, and an old (1920s) wood door inside before the collapse. No wildlife observed directly but there are rodent droppings and some nest material.
Claim Specific Geology
Host/wall rock: Kootenai formation – conglomerate, sandstone, mudstone (purplish and green rocks are common throughout claim) and limestone. There is also what appear to be hematite, jarosite and limonite; though those are not necessarily consistent with the local geology. We observed some small veins of silver and lots of copper in the bits that we could see inside. There were iron veins with large quartz deposits present, which held small bits of gold where exposed. The extent of these veins and the amount of gold is unknown at this time. There are massive deposits of quartz visible inside and outside of the mine. How this interacts with the phosphates is unknown but we have a lot of images for you.
The host rock is mapped as gneiss, and gneissic rocks were observed in and around the tailings, but the massive amounts of quartz veining suggests the mine might have penetrated into the granodiorite that intruded nearby the claim area. The quartz is a good indicator of gold deposits. It is interesting that there are some gold bits visible as gold would not seem to usually form with phosphates. With that said, the creek is well known for placer gold production.
From historic documentation: “The deposit is on the west limb of an overturned anticline (not a syncline). There is a 5500’ level adit (main haulage, 2000’ long) levels on 5900’, 6200’ and 6500’ with a raise linking all 4 levels (only remnants remain). In 1965 all workings were accessible and dry. From development work about 15,000 standard tons was mined. Mining operations are hampered by multiple faults of the bed, heavy ground, a soft mudstone hanging wall, and a dolomite seam 6-12 inches wide in the middle of the bed. Bed consists of 2 or more high grade phosphate seams 12-22 inches wide interbedded with dolomite and phosphatic mudstones. Retort member: bed is 3’ thick at 30.8% P2O5, 6.8’ thick at 24.3% P2O5, and 22.3’ thick at 22.3% P2O5. Mining thickness was 10’. Mine developed to produce 800 standard tons per day. Ore is a sedimentary, tabular body striking N30W that is controlled by the local bedding lithology. The Government Mineral Resource Data System reported phosphorus, fluorite, uranium, silver, lead and gold in the area.
Upper Mine Entrance
||Extensive, more than 10,000 Cubic yards
||Partial collapse – Passable
||Adits and some trenching
|Depth / Length
||100+ Feet exposed. 8000′ documented
|Foot Traffic in the Mine
The claim is nothing short of overwhelming. There is so much going on, on so many levels. The lower area where you can pull up to park has some timbers and other relics in the trees. As you follow the old roads up to the other workings (roads are actually faster as the mountain is steep and covered with loose shale), there are cut outs, small prospects and remnants of mining days gone. We noted drill steels and cable just lying on the old roads. The large camps and entrances are farther up the mountain. Area reported to be worked for Phosphates. Exact nature of these phosphates is undefined. We do know that phosphates bond with metals and provide some very interesting minerals, like Turquoise.
Aerial view of claim and boundaries.
|Number of Mines
||8 adits noted – 3 large entrances, Only 1 is currently accessible
|Nearest city with amenities
||Pine trees, Small stream at the bottom of the canyon and Big Hole river about 1 mile to the north
|Structures on claim
||A notable amount of timber from collapsed structures
||5900 Feet above sea level
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Old timbering and ladder from the mine.
Heavy, metallic minerals abundant in tailings.
A small, partially open adit that does not tie into the main workings.
Collapsed entrance, would need some work to clear out.
Iron, copper and silver.
View across the valley from the claim.
Quartz and Iron showing bits of free-mill gold.
An accessible adit entrance.
From just inside the Mine entrance
Quartz veins with iron and various other minerals.
Minerals are apparent as soon as you are inside the mine.
An old bulkhead that sealed up the mine entrance.
This was a locking door frame just behind the bulkhead.
Huge Galena Vein with iron.
Phosphates with Lead and molybdenum.
Weather data from nearby city – Butte, Montana
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Disclaimer: This MRDS information is provided for reference only and does not represent the actual mine or the current state or mineral content or value. It should not be perceived as accurate or definitive. MRDS information should not be relied on as decision data, the MRDS system has not been updated in over 20 years. The US Bureau of Mines, who was responsible for mining site assessment was disbanded in 1994. USGS and MRDS information has not been updated in over 66 years.
||U.S. Bureau Of Land Management Lease 086715 2050 Acres
||Victor Chemical Works
- Phosphorus-Phosphates – Primary
- Fluorine-Fluorite- Tertiary
- Uranium- Tertiary
Ore body information
|Type of Orebody #1
|Shape of Orebody #1
|Primary mode of Origin
|Primary Ore Control
|Secondary Ore Control
|Degree of Wallrock Alter.
|Strike And Dip
|Date of Last Modification
Economic information about the deposit and operations
||Both metallic and non-metallic
|Year of first production
USGS Database – 10147773
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Vipond District Information
The Melrose district is located on the southwest slopes of the Highland Mountains and includes the mines in the Soap Gulch, Camp Creek and Wickiup Creek drainages. The placer claims in this district have been worked intermittently since discovery in 1866. Although not well-documented, the district had good placer potential. A placer operation on a low saddle between Camp Creek and Rochester Basin recovered several thousand dollars in gold (Sahinen 1939).
A few silver mines were located in the upper part of the district. The principal properties were the Pandora and the Emma Nevada, on the northwest side of Soap Gulch and the Old Glory, one mile north of the Emma Nevada. Horn silver, netting $46,000, was dug from the shallow workings from the Emma Nevada lode. In 1900 the closure of the nearby Glendale Smelter of the Hecla Consolidated Mining Company hastened the decline of district. From 1909 to 1911, the district shipped 504,194 pounds of ore from Soap Gulch. At the smelter the ore returned .69% copper, and 1.43 ounces of silver and 2.63 ounces of gold per ton.
The town of Melrose, Montana, once known as “Camp Creek”, had its early beginnings as a tiny stage stop along the Big Hole River that would eventually become a terminus for the railroad, a shipping and receiving point for the Hecla Consolidated Mining Company and Bryant Mining District, consisting of Hecla, Lion City, Greenwood, Norwood, and Glendale. The area along the Big Hole River was settled as early as 1870, three families shared the valley, Jefferson McCauley, John Stone and William Bowe. In 1875, William Bowe bought out two squatters giving them a combined total of $250.00. William Bowe pre-empted 160 acres of land and subsequently added 80 acres of Desert land.
The arrival of the Utah Northern’s narrow gauge in the spring of 1881 made it possible and profitable for the Hecla Consolidated Mining Company to ship silver and lead bullion (once hauled out by wagon road) to the refineries for further smelting. Hauling ore by wagon was not only costly but time consuming. The arrival of the railroad greatly reduced the costs and overhead of the company and improved profits, helping bring in the necessary supplies, machinery, and charcoal needed to supply the furnaces at Glendale. The railroad arrived at Melrose in the Spring of 1881, marking an end to an era of freighting for Melrose and the communities within the Bryant Mining District.
With the railroad nearing, William Bowe platted the Town site of Camp Creek and named it “Melrose”. William Bowe began selling off lots of this newly platted town around 1880. Business houses and homes quickly sprang up as the railroad inched closer. Miners and their families arrived and went to work the mines of the Hecla Company, miles west of Melrose. Melrose Is situated on the Big Hole River and sits within Silverbow County, Montana. The only thing separating the two counties of Silverbow and Beaverhead is the Big Hole River which runs directly through town.
Melrose is on alluvium deposited by the Big Hole River. Eastward are eroded bench lands composed of flat-lying Tertiary deposits of sand, gravel, clay, and volcanic ash. Paleozoic limestones crop out in the foothills farther east. They strike northwest and dip from 45 degrees to 60 degrees southwest. The Paleozoic section includes all formations from the Flathead to the Madison inclusive. Archean schist and quartzite of the Belt series occupy the area east of the Paleozoic rocks to the head of the creeks. Small stocks of quartz monzonite intrude other rocks in Soap Gulch and about four miles up Camp Creek. The Clipper Group, on Wickiup Creek, is in Belt slates and strides northwest and dips 30 degrees northeast. It is 4 to 10 feet wide. The ore consists of malachite, azurite, cuprite, and chalcopyrite in quartz in the oxidized zone and chalcopyrite and pyrite in quartz in the sulphide zone. Igneous rocks are exposed in this vicinity (Winchell 1914; Sahinen 1935).
- Montana DEQ 189tech
- Wikipedia – Melrose, Montana
||Camp Creek, Soap Gulch
||Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead
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As usual, we recommend that you file a Notice of Intent with the BLM or local Forest Service office before working your claim. This doesn’t cost anything as long as you are operating under casual use. We would like to see that everything goes according to your plans. Some activities may require permitting with the local Forest Service or BLM offices. We have created a page on our website with helpful information on writing a Notice of Intent and, also if you are unsure about what activities are permitted under casual use, we’ve got some helpful links at the bottom of that page.
“The most important piece of your mining claim is that actual mining claim documentation and location. While other fly by night operations may have the best of intentions, they often get it wrong. This results in you, as a customer, not getting what you paid for. GRE has been documenting, writing and transferring mining claims for over 10 years. We know what we are doing. From our in-house notaries to our master land surveyors, we get the job done right, and we back it up in writing. GRE Guarantees that this mining claim has been written correctly and accurately. It has been physically staked on all corners with GPS embedded images for clear verification. GRE will provide documentary evidence of all paperwork and location staking for the claimant.
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What is being sold:
You are purchasing (a) lode mining claim(s) and/or (a) placer mining claim(s), owned and located by GRE, Inc. This purchase is for all interest in the claim(s). The claim(s) have been examined and documented by professional mineral field surveyors. They have verified the information and potential mineral content of the site. The claim(s) are as represented and documented above. Each lode claim measures 1500ft by 600ft. or 20.66 acres, unless otherwise noted. Each Placer claim measures 1320′ x 660′ or 20 acres unless otherwise noted. The claim(s) and the mine(s) has/ have been verified and recorded with the National Bureau of Mines. For more information on this, please contact the National Bureau of Mines on their website. This mining claim gives the owner full control of the minerals and ownership of all lodes, minerals and gems on the claim for as long as the purchaser maintains ownership. Ownership is retained by annual maintenance assessments of $155 per claim, plus a small recording fee both payable to the BLM. These fees are per claim, per year.
Annual Assessment Fees have been paid for this claim for the 2017 year. No additional BLM fees until Aug. 2017.
Binding and Legal notes:
- The claim(s) has been staked according to state law to include all of the mines and land as pictured. GRE has placed all stakes on all corners as required by law.
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A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due within 24 hours of the auction end. This is to secure your interest in the site while the remaining balance is in transit. Full payment (or Signed contract with down payment) is required within 7 days of auction end without exception.
Deposits can be made with Credit/Debit cards, however remaining balance payments must be paid by cash, check, or other verified funds. This is due to the nature of the claims being Real Property. Monthly payments can be made with Credit/Debit Cards
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Annual assessments are required for each mining claim. There are various fees and forms involved with these annual assessments and failure to comply or submit them correctly can result in the forfeiture of your mining claim.
We recommend that purchasers familiarize themselves with this process.
Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. also offers an Annual Assessment filing service, wherein we guarantee your filing and acceptance. Safeguarding your claim against loss and forfeiture.
In most cases we can offer financing of sites upon approved credit history. Gold Rush financing requires roughly 24 hours to verify and approve. Financing requires downpayment of at least 25% of the total purchase price or $2500.00, whichever is more. Gold Rush financing is only available on purchases of over $5,000.00 with approved credit. We approve 99% of our applicants. Please call our office to apply. Please be sure that you are pre-approved before making bids or committing to purchase.
Gold Rush financing is offered at a rate of 9% APR (annual percentage rate). Documentation fees can be added to finance arrangement. While under contract, Buyer will have full access to the claim under casual use guidelines. Further operations requiring Plan of Operations are not allowed while the site is under contract. Upon final payment, as designated by contract, the Quit Claim deed will be immediately filed and sent to owner. More details on Gold Rush financing available upon request.
Terms & Conditions of the Sale:
This sale is for UNPATENTED, Federal mining claim(s). Mining claims require a yearly maintenance fee of $155 per year, per claim, (or a small miner’s waiver to reduce fees) to retain ownership.
The maintenance fees for the claim have been taken care of for the 2016-2017 year. No additional monies will be due to the BLM until September 1st of 2017, to retain ownership for the 2017-2018 year.
GRE can file maintenance fees and documents for claim owners upon request for additional years.
The documentation fee covers all notarizing, mailings and filings required with County and State Recorders, and filing and verification with appropriate State BLM office.
Buyer will receive the following with their completed transaction:
- Quit Claim deed showing transfer of ownership of the claim. This document will stamped, recorded and verified with the County and BLM offices. No other paperwork required
- Welcome Packet with all of the rules and regulations as they relate to the State and BLM where the claim is located.
- A CD of all documented images of the claim including a GRE survey and mapping of the site.
- 24k map with claim marked & GPS coordinates
- 100k map with claim boundaries clearly shown
- Official National Bureau of Mines Documentation.
- GRE Sticker
- Other GRE Promotional Materials
There is a documentation fee of $349 for each Mining claim. In the case of multiple claims in a single sale, any other associated claims are charged at $249 each.
Please note that all information and documentation will only be sent to the email address you have on file with GOLD RUSH EXPEDITIONS, INC. Your documentation will also only be shipped to the address on file with GOLD RUSH EXPEDITIONS, INC. Please verify this information. We do this for your security as well as ours.
All documentation, Payment and Purchase Agreement documents must be completed to begin the transfer of the Quit Claim. Quit claim can be transferred to any person or business once identity has been established. Documentation fees cover all of the filing of paperwork in the proper counties and state and with the BLM. The purchaser will receive a Quit Claim deed transferring all interests in the claim.
Note: Our new documentation process is nearly 100% digital. All of your legal and purchase information is verified and signed online. Documentation time is usually less than 1 week.
*This claim is not for any Speleothems, Stalactites or Stalagmites. This claim is not for any cave formations of any sort. *This claim is not for ownership of a cave or any sort of cave related items. It is for control of locatable minerals and the ability to secure the land on which your minerals are located. *This claim is for Mining Claims. Mining Claims are administered by the BLM. They are not administered, nor are they under any control by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. *This sale does not constitute any sale of stocks or other security interests that represent a current investment ownership interest in an entity. Nor does this sale represent any effort by individuals to raise money or find investors for Businesses. A mining claim is not ownership of the land. It is full control of locatable minerals. The BLM defines located minerals as: * Locatable minerals include both metallic minerals (gold, silver, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, etc.) and nonmetallic minerals (fluorspar, calcite, mica, certain limestone and gypsum, tantalum, heavy minerals in placer form, and gemstones). (Edited from: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/MINERALS__REALTY
__AND_RESOURCE_PROTECTION_/energy.Par.26680.File.dat/MiningClaims.pdf) The General Mining Law of 1872, as amended, opened the public lands of the United States to mineral acquisition by the location and maintenance of mining claims. Mineral deposits subject to acquisition in this manner are generally referred to as “locatable minerals.” A lode claim is defined as: “Jefferson-Montana Copper Mines Co., 41 L.D. 321(1912), established the full test for a lode claim: “To constitute a valid discovery upon a lode claim, three elements are necessary: 1. There must be a vein or lode of quartz or other rock-in-place, 2. The quartz or other rock-in-place must carry gold or some other valuable mineral deposit, 3. The two preceding elements, when taken together, must be such that as to warrant a prudent man in the expenditure of his time and money in the effort to develop a valuable mine.” Additionally, Federal statute does not describe what constitutes a valuable mineral deposit; therefore the government has adopted the “prudent man rule.” This rule determines value based on whether or not a person will consider investing time and money to develop a potentially viable mineral deposit. This rule was first stated by the DOI in 1894, in the adjudication of Castle v. Womble, 19 L.D. 455 (1894), the holding of which states: “…where minerals have been found and the evidence is of such a character that a person of ordinary prudence would be justified in the further expenditure of his labor and means, with a reasonable prospect of success in developing a valuable mine, the requirements of the statute have been met.” Note, this is site is not subject to the Cave Protection act of 1988, as Federal Law states: 16 USC Sec. 3378&01/08/2008 Sec. 3378. Miscellaneous provisions -STATUTE- (d) Existing rights Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to affect the full operation of the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States, or otherwise affect valid existing rights. -SOURCE-(Pub. L. 100-691, Sec. 9, Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4550.) REFERENCES IN TEXT The mining laws and mineral leasing laws of the United States, referred to in sub sec. (d), are classified generally to Title 30, Mineral Lands and Mining. The information above is cited from the official Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management page.
Due to the nature of this sale, returns are not applicable. In the case of any issues, we will work with the buyer to be sure that the buyer is satisfied with their purchase as per the GRE Guarantee. GRE does not make partial refunds or cash refunds. All refunds or adjustments will be given in the form of credits or merchandise of at least equal value.
Since 1999, Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. (GRE, Inc.) has been locating and documenting valuable mining claim sites. We research, locate and document historic and significant mines throughout the Western United States. We sell mining claims, that’s it. We have a dedicated and knowledgeable survey team, and an entire office staffed with hard working employees who make all of this possible. We invite you to learn more about the people behind GRE. We also have a full legal team dedicated to monitoring and protecting our interests and yours!
GRE is an actual “brick and mortar” business with an office that you can stop into. We do operate within normal business hours of 9am to 5pm MST. We can be reached in the office at 385-218-2138. You can feel free to stop in and see what we are working on. Our office has an extensive mining library and an impressive collection of mining artifacts and memorabilia. Mining claims can be tricky from state to state. GRE, Inc. has provided more mining claims than anyone else, to happy, satisfied customers. We will be here long after the sale to help out with most anything you need. We sell many claims to repeat buyers; this says a lot about what we are doing.
GRE, Inc. researches over 600 sites per month. Out of those sites we usually only claim 20-30 mines. The sites we offer are the best of the best. We don’t claim the first hole in the ground that we see. We research and document these sites. We claim these mines because we believe them to have a good value. GRE has pioneered offering mining claims to the public at a reasonable rate, taking care of all the paperwork for you. We go the extra distance to make sure that everything is right and if it’s not, we will make it right.
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