Historic Lucky Boy Gold Mine – 20 acre Lode Mining Claim for Sale – Kingman, Arizona
This is a very important mine in the area and has been examined at length for its gold reserves and cost of extraction. In 1981, with the spike in gold pricing, the mine re-opened for a little over a year. The mine was timbered and shored at the decline entrance. An escape shaft was put in and the mine extracted an undefined amount of gold before closing down again in 1982. The mine hasn’t been touched since. The mine does contain significant reserves of native (free-milling) gold that can be easily separated by various simple methods.
20 Acre Lode Claim – Oatman District – Mohave County, Arizona
Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Lucky Boy Gold 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 Oatman, Arizona 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.
The Lucky Boy is cut on one of the largest gold bearing veins in the district. The Lucky Boy vein. This vein is thought to run through the main mines at Oatman such as the United Eastern, Telluride and of course, the Lucky Boy. This is a very important mine in the area and has been examined at length for its gold reserves and cost of extraction. In 1981, with the spike in gold pricing, the mine re-opened for a little over a year. The mine was timbered and shored at the decline entrance. An escape shaft was put in and the mine extracted an undefined amount of gold before closing down again in 1982. The mine hasn’t been touched since. The mine does contain significant reserves of native (free-milling) gold that can be easily separated by various simple methods
The mines boast an excellent portal entry that has been shored and bolted. There is also what was once a very expensive portal with metal ladders and a locking door. There is a slough that will need to be dug out at roughly 70′. This slough is an interesting section and may have been an intentional blockage against a bulkhead.
There is good access via dirt roads out of Oatman and there is good access from Bullhead City or Kingman. The roads are recommended 4WD due to constantly changing road beds. With that in mind, the roads are flat and could facilitate trailers or campers for working on site.
History of the Mines
Mining Stock Certificate Mohave. Oatman. Lucky Boy MC of Pittsburgh, PA, incorporated in West Virginia in 1899, issued 1899 to Henry A. Laughlin for 2500 shares (cert no. 13), signed by Wm. B. Neal as secretary, no president signature. Brown seal, endorsed on reverse by Laughlin with revenue stamps. Uncancelled. Vignette of mining scene… We think this may be the Lucky Boy at Oatman.
From a 1922 newspaper article,
The Lucky Boy started another hole on that property, closer in to Telluride ground, which expects to reach the vein in about 600 feet, and cutting it at a depth of 450 feet. The other drill holes passed through the vein, but owing to the character of the material a good ore was not obtained. The property has long been considered one of the best in the east end of the territory, but until the present time it was impossible to get matters shaped up to carry on a development campaign. It is the theory of miners of that camp that the vein of the Lucky Boy is cotemporaneous with that of the Telluride and that when it is entered at the same depth as the ore horizon of the latter property a greater body of good ore will be picked up.
The Lucky Boy has been financed to carry on a large development campaign and if the drill enteres good ground in the latest hole arrangements will be made for the development of the ore body.
Mine … Entrance
Access to the Mine
Visible from the road, Easily accessible
White dirt, iron
Depth / Length
Minerals in the Mine
Foot Traffic in the Mine
Access to the Mine
Visible from road, easily accessible
less than 10k tons
Depth / Length
1900′ from historical docs
Minerals in the Mine
Foot Traffic in the Mine
Lucky Boy mine is a large and well developed mine located on south of the Telluride Mine and vein. The vein that the mine is cut on has been speculated to drive under the Telluride and Tom Reed developments. Observed on the claim were a small shaft of less than 25′ which ended in an open stope. This stope showed some small stringer gold veins on quartz. The vein seems to pass through the stope on a 35 degree angle. There is also a shaft of undetermined depth which is accessed by a steel ladder and steel gate. The shaft is filled with water except for the last 50′ to the surface. The water table may account for this depth and no further flooding. It is thought that this is an access and emergency escape from the lower workings. Historically there are drift levels as deep as 650′. The main adit portal is a recent addition (1980s). It has been shored, bolted and stabilized. The portal works down on a 15 degree angle with a south east trend. There are two exposed ore bodies in this main drift that show native gold and copper. At 70′ there is a slough, however, the slough seems to be placed as there is no cave in or other area for the material to have moved from. Surveyors opinion is that there is a bulkhead door put in behind this slough prior to the mine closing in the early 1980s. The slough was brought in by machine to pack against the bulkhead door and keep other prospectors or miners out of the main workings. This is only a theory from the surveyor.
Aerial view of claim and boundaries.
Number of Mines
1 shaft 1 adit
Nearest city with amenities
Access to the Claim
Trails narrow and best accessed by ATV
Parking and Staging on the claim
Parking was available directly next to mine entrance
Structures on claim
Vent pipe, heap rope, boards. Shaft has ladder – metal, cribbed with metal.
The slough is loaded with beautiful ore samples of gold and copper.
View of the portal.
Last shot of the shaft entry.
Weather data from nearby city – Kingman, Arizona
USGS information on the mine(s)
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.
Lucky Boy Mining And Milling Co.
Gold – Primary
Nearby scientific data
Middle Miocene to Oligocene volcanic rocks
USGS Database – 10161975
Mining District Overview
Oatman District Information
The Black Mountains of northwest Arizona are an extensive, mostly linear, north-south 75-mile (121 km) long mountain range. They form the north-south border of southwest Mohave County as it borders the eastern shore of the south-flowing Colorado River from Hoover Dam. The northwest and parts of the west of the range are located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Three wilderness areas are in the range, and the historic mining site of Oatman, Arizona, which is adjacent and north of Boundary Cone. Nestled in the range south between the Mount Nutt and Warm Springs Wildernesses. Due to the abundance of free-milling gold in the area, the range is peppered with old mines. The most well-known are near the southern end of the range, near the town of Oatman. However recent activity in the northern most end of the range has prospectors and mining companies alike scrambling to acquire any mineral rights at all. Small companies are producing big dollars with gold production.
This rich gold mining area is located on a rich ore body that runs north to south in the Black Mountain Range. The mines are mostly placed in the western slopes of the range. The Oatman district was discovered in 1863. It lies between 2,000 to 3,200 feet of altitude. The district had a few more obscure names including the Katherine District, the Gold Road District, the Vivian District, and the Boundary Cone District. It has in fact absorbed most all of the old local districts and now most all of the Black Mountains are referred to as the Oatman District.
The original discovery of gold ore at Oatman was made in 1863 by John Moss, an army officer stationed at Camp Mohave. The Moss vein, located in the western part of the district, produced about 12,000 ounces of gold before being forced to close due to hostile Indian attacks. Mining activities resumed in the 1880s but it was not until the discovery of the Gold Road vein in 1900 that prospecting activities moved to the central part of the district. In 1901 gold was found on the Tom Reed vein near the present Oatman town site, and in 1906 rich ore was found in the Tip Top and Ben Harrison ore shoots. In 1915 and 1916 the Big Jim, Aztec and United Eastern ore bodies were discovered in the Tom Reed vein and the resultant boom swelled the population of Oatman and GoldRoad to over 10,000 people. However, by the mid 1920s, Oatman’s population had dwindled to a few hundred and most of the mines had turned to leasing operations. An increase in the price of gold from $20 to $35 per ounce in 1933 resulted in the re-opening of the Tom Reed and the Gold Road mining properties until they were closed by War Board Order L-208 in 1942.
Addwest Minerals, Inc. reopened the Gold Road Mine in 1995 with plans to mine 2.6 million tons of proven, probable and inferred ore with a diluted grade of 0.355 OPT Au. Depressed gold prices caused the mine’s closing in 1998 after producing approximately 40,000 ounces of gold annually by processing 500 tons of ore daily. The mine currently reports reserves of 524,000 tons of 0.23 OPT Au ore. For the period 1863 to 1942, the Oatman District produced approximately 2.2 million ounces of gold and approximately 0.8 million ounces of silver from approximately 3.8 million tons of ore. Addwest recently began work in earnest and in early 2012 poured their first gold bar.
The old mines in the Black Mountain range are some of the richest in the west if you are looking for free milling gold. Many old miners have and continue to make a living by picking gold out of their own claim. No heavy machinery, just a rock hammer, a gold pan and some patience. Arizona is famous for its placer mines and nuggets, but those nuggets have all washed out of somewhere. The nuggets come from the rich gold lodes underground that are breaking the surface and washing off.
The Oatman veins are of mineralogical simple character, consisting mainly of quartz, calcite, and adularia, associated in the ore shoots with free gold. As a rule, only quartz and calcite are recognizable with the naked eye. Generally several generations of quartz and calcite may be discernible. The gold is characteristically fine grained and generally can be seen only in rich ore. The adularia occurs generally in microscopic crystals. The area is ideal for casual to small commercial operations as the gold is easy to extract and there are many processing stations in the area.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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
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 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.
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.
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.