Historic Mother Lode Gold Mine – 20 acre Lode Mining Claim for Sale – Prineville, Oregon

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The Motherlode claim is rare in the fact that it has been worked for Gold and secondarily, Cinnabar. Gold and cinnabar samples are extremely rare and can sell for up to 4x the price of gold. Cinnabar mines are not dangerous and actually have a very small number or reported incidents of any injuries or later sickness.

This mine will likely never produce commercially but holds high value in samples and deposits underground that have not been viewed since before 1950.

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Historic Mother Lode Mining Claim Overview

20 Acre Lode Claim – Howard District – Crook County, Oregon

Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Mother Lode Gold Mining Claim for sale. The Motherlode is a 20 acre lode mining claim located just outside of Prineville, Oregon. The Motherlode claim has been properly staked and marked at all corners and is for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. 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 Motherlode claim is rare in the fact that it has been worked for Gold and secondarily, Cinnabar. Gold and cinnabar samples are extremely rare and can sell for up to 4x the price of gold. Cinnabar mines are not dangerous and actually have a very small number or reported incidents of any injuries or later sickness.

This claim has an entire processing site that is mostly intact. This includes a jaw crusher, a shaker and a mill, all in incredible shape. The mine itself will need to be cleared as it has collapsed on itself. The entrance will require some digging to access. It is estimated there are between 1800 and 2000 feet of workings on the main level of the mine.

The claim is located on a spur off of a very good 4WD road. and the road to the mine is in good shape but will need to be cleared. There is currently some tree fall that is blocking access. The claim historically has been known by other names besides the Mother lode, including: Canyon Creek and the American Almaden.

The Motherlode claim is located in the Howard (Ochoco) Mining District. Minerals in the area were first discovered in 1899 and first production of Gold at the Motherlode mine began in 1906. Most recently the mine was working in the 1960’s, reportedly producing gold extracted from the cinnabar. Today, despite its impressive condition, the old Cinnabar processing mill stands idle. Its a text book example of an abandoned gold mine with significant value that has been lost to time.

History of the Mines





Gold values were not divulged, however there was significant monetary incentive provided by the federal government for Mercury Production. Not all company names were released at the time of the report, but here is a timeline of the previous owners and their associated production (if known).

1906 – American Almaden Quicksilver and Gold Mining Co – 3 flasks

1915 – Central Oregon Mining Co – 3 flasks
1927 – Pacific Quicksilver Co – 27 flasks
1928 – Consolidated Quicksilver Co -15 flasks
1929 – [Unknown] – 25 flasks
1930 – Senter Construction Co
1932 – Crams Inc
1935 – [Unknown]
1936 – [Unknown]
1939 – Champion Mining Co – 35 Flasks
1940 – [Unknown] – 52 flasks
1942 – Gilkey Bros
1943 – [Unknown] – 3 flasks (From Pit)
1954 – Canyon Creek Mining Co (From Pit)
1955 – Winter Creek Mining Co (From Pit)
1959 – Werdenhoff Mining Co – 6.5 flasks (From Pit)

The mine began as a gold and copper prospect and development first began by H. S. Cram and associates in 1899. After quicksilver(mercury) was discovered in 1900, it was operated by the American Almaden Quicksilver and Gold Mining Co. First production was recorded in 1906 when a small Scott furnace was constructed on the property. Since then, the mine was operated intermittently by different groups that stayed on the property for no more than two to three years.

Most of the underground work was done prior to 1937, which totals to roughly 3,000 feet from 6 adits according to old maps and reports. Most of the works was done from two main adits, the Consolidated adit and the No. 4 adit. They both enter the east bank of Canyon Creek a few feet above creek level. All of the adits portals were caved since before the 1950s and the underground workings have not been examined or explored since before that time.

Most of the work on the Consolidated adit was done by Pacific Quicksilver Company, the consolidated quicksilver Company, and the center Construction Company. In 1930, the Consolidated adit level contained 1,500′ of drifts, one raise to the surface for ventilation and several minor raises. The ore was treated in a 2 foot by 24 foot Gould rotary furnace of 12 tons per day capacity.

During Crams Inc operation in 1931, work was focused on the No. 4 adit(now known as Cram Adit), 104 feet below the Consolidate level. A downward continuation of an ore shoot mine from the Consolidated Level was encountered 430 feet from the portal, and was mined from several small stopes. It’s estimated that 2,000 tons were mined from the largest stope and some of the smaller ones.  In 1936, the mine was passed to R.F.C through a $12,000 development loan.

Through 1939 and 1940, there was a lot of stripping and pit mining done above old stopes and farther to the northeast. Small ore bodies were selectively mined after being exposed by a bulldozer. The ore was treated in a 12 ton furnace and at least 87 flasks were produced. The recovered ore averaged about 10 lb of mercury per ton.

In 1942 a plant that used Triton jigs was constructed for processing low grade material mined from the open pits. Operation with the plant was suspended in 1944 due to lack of sufficient water. The property was then idle until 1954 when the claims were relocated by the present owners. In 1954 a few tons of ore were treated at the Blue Ridge mine 1955. In the 1956 the property was acquired under purchase agreement by Clyde R Bellows, but no further development was done.

Most of the work since 1958 was primarily working on an open pit overlying the principal stopes above the Consolidated and No.4 adit levels.  The pit is about 200 feet in maximum length and about 40 feet in maximum depth.[1]


Consolidated Adit Portal

Consolidated Adit Diagram

Mine Details:

Access to the Mine The mine is located about 3000 feet on a hike only trail.
Tailings Present 1001-9999 tons. Mostly overgrown so it was hard to determine mineral value of the tailings. Some of the tailings appeared to have potential for high grade ore.
Entrance Timbered at the entrance then a collapse about 15 feet in.
Mine Cut Adit
Depth / Length Reported by USGS as over 3000′
Minerals in the Mine Historically this claim was mined for gold, cinnabar and copper. Reasonable to assume that gold and cinnabar will be found inside the mines when opened.
Foot Traffic in the Mine None
Last Worked 1960s




Survey Notes

Site has been obfuscated well off the beaten path. Forest Service has illegally closed the road to the mine to prevent people from accessing the site.  This should be remediated immediately by the claim owner and road access restored. The mine at present is mostly the Consolidated Adit. This has been collapsed roughly 20′ in and is flowing steady water. It is assumed that the one of the mine owners made this collapse likely in the late 1940s to keep people out of his workings while the mine was mothballed. It would take some considerable work to reopen the adit by hand, but it is very possible to do. Heavy track exiting the mine indicates that there were at least 2 ton ore cars, but likely 4 ton cars being used in the mine. It is assumed that these cars and the associated trammers and muckers are still inside the mine. The timbered entrance is in excellent condition and it is only the slough that needs to be cleared to access workings that reported ly have not been seen since before 1950.

Rock and ores in the area showed pyrites, iron and some fleck gold. It took considerable effort to locate any cinnabar and the cinnabar was very low grade with no crystals or nodules. It should be noted that this claim will likely never produce commercial grade ores, gold or mercury. The value will be in the samples and veins that will be explored inside the mine.

Aerial view of claim and boundaries.

Number of Mines One Adit
Nearest city with amenities Prineville, Oregon 30 miles.
Access to the Claim The claim is located 30 miles outside of Prineville, Oregon. To access the claim you will mostly be on very easy paved or dirt roads. The remaining 3000 feet to the claim is rough and overgrown high clearance 4WD only can access the final feet.
Parking and Staging on the claim Parking and staging will be limited on the claim due to the claim being located on a hill side. Near the furnace that is not on the claim you could park 4-5 vehicles. Near the mill you could possibly park 2 vehicles with care.
Resources Water, Shade, structures, timber.
Structures on claim Mill, just off the claim is an old furnace.
Relics on the claim small crusher, rail
Elevation 5,866′



  1. Mother Lode Mine Reports

Top Pictures

The New Mill from the trail.

The connecting bridge from the crusher to the mill has collapsed.

Old jaw crusher and shaker on the claim.

Close up of hardware.

Some low grade ores at the crusher.

Mill building from the crusher.

Gold ore found on site with some low grade cinnabar.

View of the crusher from the mill.

Heavy undergrowth working down to the Consolidated adit.

Another view of the mill.

Oven inside the mill.

Machinery in the mill.

View of the bellows and machinery.

Retorts used to extract the mercury.

Impressive but will never be used again.

Built when the Pacific Company owned the mine.

Mill building.

Large fans cooled the mercury which then became a solid instead of a gas.

Inside the mill.

Old adit entrance.

The timber is in very good condition, indicating the entrance was closed intentionally.

The underground workings of this mine have not been seen since before 1950.

Water from the adit.

Massive waste dump outside the portal.

Remnants of the railway that exited the mine.

Adit entrance  from above.

Claim Rating

Total Workings

USGS validated over 3000′ of drifts and tunnels.

Historical Value

Well documented history from 1899 to present.

Accessibility and Location

High Clearance 4WD

Mineral Value

Gold with other minerals (Gold will have to be extracted from other ores)


  • 1 point – Wood/Shade/Timbers/Trees
  • 2 points – Usable Structures
  • 2 points – Year Round Water Source
  • Total Resources Rating: 5


Weather data from nearby city – Prineville, Oregon

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.

Ownership information

Type Owner
Owner Miller,Edward P.
Interest 99
Home office Washington
Year 1979


  • Mercury – Primary
  • Gold – Secondary
  • Copper – Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Calcite Unknown
Chalcedony Unknown
Cinnabar Ore
Pyrite Ore

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation type Underground
Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size large
Significant yes
Discovery year 1899
Year of first production 1906


Ore body information


Strike N60E
Dip 90N
Thickness 2M
Depth to top 0M
Width 75M
Length 100M
Field Value
MAS Matrix # 1
MAS Column # 1
Type of Orebody #1 SHEAR ZONE
Shape of Orebody #1 IRREGULAR
Type of Orebody #2 BRECCIA FILL
Type of Orebody #3 REPLACEMENT
Primary mode of Origin HYDROTHERMAL
Primary Ore Control FAULTING
Degree of Wallrock Alter. MODERATE
Strike And Dip N60E
Minimum Depth to Top 0
Avg. Thick. Unconsol. Mat. 0
Min. Thick. Unconsol. Mat. 0
Date of Last Modification 830316


Area 10HA
Field Value
Total Surface Area (HA) 10
Date of Last Modification 910418

Geological Information

Picture Gorge Basalt (middle and lower Miocene)


USGS Database – 10249666

Mining District Overview

Howard District Information


Ochoco Mine or more commonly known as Mayflower Mine was located along Ochoco Creek just northeast the present Ochoco Ranger Station site. Central Oregon had missed out on the early gold mining activity that had occurred in eastern Oregon, but in the fall of 1871 a gold discovery was made that created a short burst of mining activity.

That fall some settlers from West Branch near Mitchell were taking wagons of grain to Warm Springs Indian Reservation to be ground to wheat. The settlers included Preacher Mansfield, James Howard and two neighbors named Belcher and Evans. The first evening they camped on upper Ochoco Creek. Mr. Howard remarked to his fellow travelers that the terrain looked similar to ground that he had mined in California. The men set up camp and had supper before taking empty frying pans to the creek and panned for gold. The first pan showed sign of gold. This excited the men but they decided to continue on their way to complete their chore of grinding the wheat to flour, but agreed to return to the gulch where they had discovered sign of gold and locate claims.

They returned to the gold site in January of 1872 and built a rough log cabin at the confluence of Ochoco Creek and Scissors Creek. They then went prospecting and found more gold. News of the discovery soon spread and by the spring of 1872 miners began struggling in. The location became known as the Howard Mining District. Water ditches were constructed for placer mining and a small town soon emerged and was known as Scissorsville.

During the next several years mining activity continued with mine shafts constructed and about $100 worth of gold per ton of ore was produced. It was not a significant amount of production and the site never became a major mining operation. Scissorsville soon became known as Howard. [1]


Total  estimated  production  from  the  Howard  Mining  District  from  1885  to  1923,  including  placer  and  lode production, amounted to 3,595 ounces of gold, 521 ounces of silver, and 2,662 pounds of lead. [2]


All of the quicksilver deposits of the Ochoco district, including the deposit at the large Horse Heaven mine, are in the Clarno formation. Some of the mines, such as the Blue Ridge, lie within areas mapped as the younger Ochoco lavas, but their ore occurs in the underlying Clarno formation. Wilkinson states that the mineralization occurs only In the Clarno formation and seems to be associated with basaltic Or andesitic intrusions, mainly dikes or plugs. The mineralization probably occurred in early Tertiary time.

The ore was deposited along certain fault zones, particularly at intersections of faults that are within the same zone but different In trend. The cinnabar Is very erratic in its localization, and most of  the ore bodies are small. The ore apparently tended to form in more or less vertical shoots, which, although they may go to considerable depth, have small lateral extent. In moat of the ore zones long relatively barren stretches alternate with short productive stretches, although streaks or very small veins of cinnabar may extend long distances. Mining is accordingly uncertain, but as the ore tends to be localized at fault intersections mapping of the intricate fault patterns should be of great help in mine development.[3]


  1. Gold Discovered on Ochoco Mountains
  2. Site Inspection Report: Mayflower – Ochoco Mine Complex, Ochoco National Forest
  3. Geophysical Surveys in the Ochoco Quicksilver District Oregon

District Overview:

District Aliases Ochoco
Discovered/ Organized 1872
Noted Commodities Gold, Mercury, Galena
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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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