Historic Lanky Gold Mine CAMC0314351– 20 acre Placer Mining Claim for Sale – Sawyer’s Bar, California


This claim is located in an area that has historically been known for placer gold. The claim is easy to access and is in a great location for placer mining. There is substantial river front to work with and a few small tributaries that are dumping into the main channel, even at low season. 

There are some small clearings and old camps that could be utilized under casual use guidelines. There are many large boulders and falls that are ideal hiding spots for nuggets and placer gold deposits. This is a highly coveted area that has produced nuggets of all sizes and varieties. 

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Historic Lanky Placer Gold Mine Overview


20 Acre Placer Claim – Liberty District – Siskiyou County, California

Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Lanky Gold Mining Claim. This is a 20 acre placer mining claim for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The claim is located just off Sawyer’s Bar in California and has been properly staked and marked at all corners. All Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. claims have been meticulously surveyed, mapped and researched. Field work is completed by our own experienced, well versed Mine Survey Team.

This claim is located in an area that has historically been known for placer gold. The claim is easy to access and is in a great location for placer mining. There is substantial river front to work with and a few small tributaries that are dumping into the main channel, even at low season. The Lanky may have been known as part of the Ruby Group which is the dominant mine in the area. The claim is set along Whites Gulch, with multiple old gold mines above it. The water runs through these old deposits and dumps it all in the river. 

There are local gold clubs located in Happy Camp and can help set you up with all your mining needs. 

There are some small clearings and old camps that could be utilized under casual use guidelines. There are many large boulders and falls that are ideal hiding spots for nuggets and placer gold deposits. This is a highly coveted area that has produced nuggets of all sizes and varieties. 

History of the Mines

Many have done quite a bit of mining in this county, and still do, with enormous success. Heart of the famed “Northern Mines”, Siskiyou County contains more than 370 once active gold mines, which yielded 1,800,000 troy ounces of gold between 1880-1959, with a large unrecorded amount produced between 1850 and 1880. Each summer many amateur prospectors work the gold bearing streams throughout the county in perhaps the most rugged region in California.

Compared to other California counties little has been officially reported on Siskiyou County and gold production and much of the information available is questionable. Placer mining is the main way that gold is taken, due to the complex geology in the county. Gold is not the only metal of importance in Siskiyou County. The county is said to contain large Platinum Group metal deposits.[1]


Aerial view of claim and boundaries.

Number of Mines  
Nearest city with amenities Etna, California approximately 35 miles away.
Access to the Claim Claim is located on and easy 2WD dirt road.
Parking and Staging on the claim Limited parking and staging on the claim site. Can park 1-2 vehicles on pullouts off the main road.
Resources Year round water, timber.
Structures on claim None
Relics on the claim None
Elevation 2817′



  1. Siskiyou County Gold – Siskiyou County CA Online Directory

Top Pictures

Large rocks and deep, fast moving water.

Possible platinum.

Somewhat malleable, and its not silver or lead.

Section of river at an intersection.

Gravels and some exposed bedrock (upper left).

Sun lighting up the river water and boulders underneath.

Moss, dirt and debris are ideal for capturing little chunks of gold.

Chunk of exposed bedrock in the river.

Water is plenty deep for your placer activities.

Falls under a massive boulder. Might find some gold in this pocket.

One of many small falls in the river.

Quartz vein in the river rock. The gold breaks out of quartz through decomposition and erosion.

Someones old collection pool near a clearing.

Host rocks on the river’s edge.

View of the river from the bank.

Some very large and deep fall pools.

A different angle of the falls.

Quartz found on the claim

Claim Rating

Total Workings

Greater than 2600 feet of workings – Given that all placer claims can be worked for the entire 20 acres.

Historical Value

Accessibility and Location

2WD vehicle can get to claim

Mineral Value

Free milling gold, gold nuggets or gems


  • 1 point – Wood/Shade/Timbers/Trees
  • 0 Points – No Structures/Not Applicable
  • 2 points – Year Round Water Source
  • Total Resources Rating: 3


Weather data from nearby city – Etna, California

Mining District Overview

Liberty District Information


The Liberty gold mining district of southwestern Siskiyou County is a principal lode gold producing district in the Klamath Mountains, second only to the French Gulch/Deadwood district near Redding, California. Fragmentary historical records indicate production from the Liberty district to be at least 300,000 ounces of lode gold.

Placer deposits have also been important producers in the Liberty mining district. The North Fork of the Salmon River was first mined for placer gold near Sawyers Bar in 1850 An estimated 1,210,000 ounces of gold were mined in the 17 river miles between the towns of Sawyers Bar and Forks of Salmon. The gravel bars, terraces, and benches were worked for gold by hand methods. Later wing-dams and flumes were used, and eventually the higher bench terrace gravels were mined by the hydraulic method. Gravels along North and South Russian Creek, Whites Gulch, Eddy Gulch, and other tributaries of the North Fork of the Salmon River that drain the Liberty district were also placer mined. Eddy Gulch yielded 145,000 ounces of placer gold.

Lode gold was discovered at the Black Bear mine in 1860, and at the Klamath and Mountain Laurel mines in 1862. Production began the year following discovery at all three mines which were the greatest gold producers in the Liberty district. Production from these and numerous other mines in the district continued intermittently until the 1930s.

Some ore was processed in circular pits in which broken ore was pulverized by stone wheels. Most ore was processed in stamp mills comprised of batteries of two to thirty-two stamps. Ball mills and flotation systems were employed in the later productive years. Due to the rugged terrain, many operators installed aerial tramways to move ore from mines on the steep ridges and mountain sides to more accessible mill sites located down slope on level ground.

Some communities were located in the Liberty district during the productive years. Townsites with post offices were established at Black Bear (1869) and Rollin (1898). The latter was located in Eddy Gulch, and was named after Rollin Fagundez. According to local lore, Fagundez was the captain of a sailing vessel moored in San Francisco in about 1860. He gave up a sea-going life to join the rush for gold, and found pay dirt at the Humpback mine in Eddy Gulch.[1]


Nearly all of the lode mines in the Liberty gold mining district are located in an approximately 2,000-foot-wide shear zone. This shear zone is in the thrust faulted contact between underlying late Paleozoic to middle Mesozoic greenstone and marine metasediments of the undifferentiated Hayfork terrane, and overlying Paleozoic to Triassic bedded chert and other marine metasediments of the Stuart Fork Formation. The thrust zone occurs as an outcrop about 12 miles long which trends southwest-northeast along the north slope of the Salmon Mountains. It dips mainly south to east, from 10 degrees to 45 degrees in the southwest half of the district, and it dips 40 degrees to 85 degrees west in the northeast half of the district. The anomalous dip to the west is probably due to faulting and folding of the thrust zone along the edge of the Russian Peak batholith.

The thrust zone contains numerous discontinuous slabs of bedded chert and siliceous schist sheared mainly from the Stuart Fork Formation, and metamorphosed organic shales and mudstones (carbonaceous schist), pelitic schist, slate and greenstone derived mainly from the Hayfork terrane. These rocks are folded and faulted, although their general attitude is parallel to the thrust. They have been intruded by numerous sills and dikes of predominantly diorite and dacite porphyry*, and a fine grained, dark rock. The porphyry sills and dikes commonly form one wall of quartz veins or occur as fragments in the vein bearing fissure. The distinct red to orange/brown weathered surface expression of the porphyry sills and dikes was called “brown argillite” by prospectors, and was considered a prime indicator of gold bearing mineralization, especially in association with quartz veining.

Gold bearing quartz veins in the Liberty district most often occur along contacts between harder, more resistant bedded chert or siliceous schist, and softer less resistant carbonaceous schist. When the Stuart Fork Formation was thrust over the Western Palezoic and Triassic Belt rocks, and slabs of each rock unit were sheared from the thrust fault walls, much of the slippage occurred along the siliceous rock/carbonaceous rock contacts. The softer carbonaceous rock are much more sheared along the contacts than the harder silicic rocks.[1]


  1. Ferrero, Tom. The Liberty Gold Mining District. 1990.


District Overview:

District Aliases N/A
Discovered/ Organized 1850
Noted Commodities Gold
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This claim and property come with the full backing of Gold Rush Expeditions and our legal resources. We take mining rights seriously. Hopefully you will never have any problems with the Forest Service or BLM employees, but if you ever do you can rest assured that we will fight to protect your mining rights. We have a lawyer on retainer and offer free no-cost legal representation. We are here for you long after you buy a claim from us.

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.

GRE works hard to make sure that everything we do is perfect, but occasionally we may make a mistake. So while it is understood by the Customer and GRE, that all attempts have been made to verify accuracy and location in relation to this claim, we want to go one step farther. In the case of inaccuracies or other issues that may impact your claim, GRE will amend or modify and record any documents and physical monuments as deemed necessary at no cost to the buyer.

GRE guarantees this mining claim to be exactly as described and pictured. Please view all images and read complete claim description. We spend a lot of time and effort to document all aspects of each mining claim.

This Guarantee is not any sort of guarantee of mineral content, reserves or future earnings. Assay reports, Reserves, and mineral values are provided as they have been recorded by United States Geological Surveys, and state and local mining reports. Historical records and production are provided for information only. GRE strongly advises all potential claim owners to educate themselves about mining claims. Please be fully aware of what is conveyed with this mineral claim. If you have questions about mining, mining law, processing or even other properties, please contact us; our offices are open from 9am to 5pm MST, Monday through Friday. We are here to help the small miner work and support the development of mining in this new era of Mining in America.

It’s hard to make an accurate assessment of mines and mining claims today. The history, the books and the documents change over time. Universities and Agencies seem to write and release documentation designed to deter the average miner.

We examine each mine, and determine its actual potential. This is based on documented and verifiable history, as well as field observations and mapping of the sites. This helps us thoroughly and accurately describe our claims, as well as help you make informed decisions regarding the purchasing of a mining claim. In addition, the geological and historical information provided gives claim owners the tools to know where to look. After all, the gold, precious metals and minerals are out there, and there is a lot of it, you just have to know where to look. If you need more information, please feel free to contact our office and set an appointment to discuss your desired property.

Sales Information

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.
  • The claim(s) has been described professionally and according to the National Bureau of Mines standards of Mineral and Mining Claim surveys. They have been measured, staked and validated by professional Mineral and Mining Claim Surveyors.
  • Ownership of this lode claim(s) gives the registered owner full control and ownership of all locatable lodes and minerals that may be located on the claim and or underground as accessed by the tunnels.
  • The sale of this claim(s) does not constitute any speculative investment or security. GRE is not selling any stocks, shares, securities or any sort of speculative investment.
  • The sale of this claim and the information contained therein does not imply or guarantee values, assay reports, or future earnings. GRE, Inc. makes no guarantees, neither written nor implied of any past, present or future value or mineral content.
  • The sale of this claim does not account for any land or access issues that may arise. In the case of any access issues GRE can guide the claim owner with our legal counsel and years of experience in accessing mining claim sites.

GRE, Inc. recommends that all buyers make all efforts to inform themselves on the interests and legalities of mining claims prior to any purchase of mining claims.  GRE is available via phone or email during normal business hours. Our offices are open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.The GRE team is educated, knowledgeable and competent to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. 385-218-2138 or


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

Failure to meet payment requirements will result in claim(s) being re-listed or offered to other buyers. Deposits are not refundable and will not be returned. Purchasing a claim from GOLD RUSH EXPEDITIONS, INC. indicates consent to the GOLD RUSH EXPEDITIONS, INC. Purchase Agreement. Please review this document carefully when it is received, this document is a vital element of the sale. It documents how the claim will be transferred and to whom it will be transferred. The purchase agreement states our commitments to you and your understanding of what is being sold and transferred. For your convenience, we offer digital signature options to expedite the process.

GOLD RUSH EXPEDITIONS, INC. accepts all forms of valid, legal payment, including Cash, Check and verified (stamped) gold or silver bullion (at spot price). We do not accept PayPal.

Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. will send all correspondence to the email you have provided, please verify that your address is correct, we are not responsible for misdirected or unreceived email. Payment and signed Purchase Agreement Finance Contract are due in full within 7 days.

Annual Assessments:

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.

Legal Notes:

*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:
__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.

Return Policy:

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.

About GRE:

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.

In addition to your claim you will also have access to GRE, Inc.’s legal counsel. They are familiar with what we do and very efficient at resolving any issues that may arise. GRE, Inc. will often cover the costs of the legal counsel, dependent on the issues that need resolving.

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