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Historic Pennsylvania Gold Mine and Mill – 40 acre Lode Mining Claim for Sale – Keystone, Colorado

There are beautiful gold and pyrite ores on quartz all over the site. Waste dumps could potentially hold millions of dollars in unworked gold.  As to the reclamation, the result is some very nice roads up to the mine portals and some excellent culverted and shored portals that would have cost a claim owner many thousands of dollars to install.

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Historic Pennsylvania Gold Mine and Mill Overview

Historic Pennsylvania Mining Claim

40 Acre Lode Claim – Argentine District – Summit County, Colorado

Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Pennsylvania Gold Mining Claims for Sale. “The Pennsylvania” is a collection of lode mining claims covering over 40 acres of lands for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The Mines are located just outside of Keystone, Colorado and have 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 is an incredible and historic mine. This claim is incredibly easy to drive to and has ample parking and staging. The Pennsylvania was a huge gold producer with trace lead, zinc, iron and copper also produced. It has a long and detailed history and made millionaires out of many investors prior to 1941.

The mine was closed due to the War Act in 1941 and never recovered. Many investors and companies purhcased and sold rights to the mines but there is no record of it being commercially mined since that time. From 2012 to 2015, overzealous conservationists and environmental radicals spent millions of dollars in public funds to re-structure and re-shape the mountain. The scare of harmless orange water overtook common sense. The same water still flows, and the mine is much the same as it was 100 years ago. There are beautiful gold and pyrite ores on quartz all over the site. Waste dumps could potentially hold millions of dollars in unworked gold.  As to the reclamation, the result is some very nice roads up to the mine portals and some excellent culverted and shored portals that would have cost a claim owner many thousands of dollars to install. This CERCLA effort in no way mitigates any mining rights or opportunities. As the laws state, nothing in the act or the intent of the fund will impede legal mining operations.

The mine is historically mapped to a six portal maze of tunnels. These 6 adits allowed access to the mine on multiple levels. With this info it is still easy to assumed there are other levels inside the mine that remain unmapped. The two portals on the claim are secured by heavy steel doors and do a great job at keeping curious onlookers out of the mine. There are several buildings on the claim including the old mill, tipple and a tram house where ore was seperated and shipped down the mountain to the mill. There are also many crumbling old cabins and outhouses throughout the forest.   The claim has one rock structure that has all walls intact and would just need a roof to be useable. The tram house and tipple are in fairly good repair. The Mill is in need of some work but does have some irreplaceable milling components still in place such as the boiler, ball crusher, ore separator/mover.

This mine should be noted as a commercial site and operation. It will require a notice of operation to be worked. There will be permitting required to restore the mine to its previous operational state. The mine can be drilled, sampled and surveyed with minimal permitting to identify high grade zones of interest. Gold Rush can assist with your permitting and legal council. If you would like more information please call our office during normal business hours. 

History of the Mines

The vein was discovered by J. M. Hall in 1879 and slowly but steadily developed by him and his associates during the next decade. Almost no ore was shipped until about 1887, but from this year until 1893 the production of the mine in creased steadily from a few carloads to nearly 7,000 tons a year; from 1894 to 1907 the mine was active, but production gradually fell off, and in 1908 no ore was shipped. The production has been intermittent since 1909 and has fluctuated greatly; thus over 12,000 tons of ore was treated in 1911, less than 50 tons the next year, and about 3,000 tons in 1913. Early in 1892 the mine was leased by the original owners, J. M. Hall, R. S. Morison, B. A. Hopkins, C. N. Foster, and J. H. Husted, to the Decatur Mining Syndicate, Ltd., an English organization, which operated the property during the peak of its production but disposed of it in 1895 to the Pennsylvania Mines Co., which
held it for several years. The ore sold prior to 1894 was sorted by hand and shipped directly to the smelters, but in 1895 a mill was completed, and almost all the ore sold since that time has been concentrated in the mill, which has been revamped several times. In 1902 the Ohio Mines Co. bought the property and drove the lowest level on the vein, known as the Ohio or F level. The mine again changed hands in 1905 and was held by the New Pennsylvania Mines Co. until 1918; it was then taken over by the Liberty Mining & Reduction Co. and operated by that company until 1927, when the company was reorganized as the Consolidated Pennsylvania Mining Co.[1]

 



One of two portals accessing the mine workings.


Mine Diagram

Mine Details:

Access to the Mine You can drive directly up to both mine portals.
Tailings Present 50,000 + tons. There is a pile of ore directly off the Pennsylvania Extension tipple and tram house that could be processed and will likely produce some good gold values. Visible gold was seen in this pile. This pile would have been the waste pile for the mine because its gold values were not as high as the ore that was processed. The higher grade ore was shipped down a tram system to the mill for processing.
Entrance Both portal entrances have been culverted and gated. Making the access to these mines stellar
Mine Cut Adit
Depth / Length Documented over 6 miles of drifts and workings 
Minerals in the Mine Free milling gold, galena, silver, lead, zinc and iron seen around the mines.
Foot Traffic in the Mine None
Last Worked 1941

 

 


 

Survey Notes

The claim has been specifically surveyed and claimed to capture all of the relevant workings of the Pennsylvania Mine. There is a small section of private land on one of the claims. This does not affect access nor does it in any way impact the mine or ability to work the mine. 

Surveyors were unable to access the workings without a permit so the existing historical maps will be assumed to be at least partially accurate. Once a permit has been put in place, surveyors will revisit and document and map the workings. 

Surface of the claim shows hundreds of thousands of tons of high grade gold and silver ores. Much of this could be easily re-worked offsite at likely a high return. Geologic surveys and historical documents state that the surface of the ore body was barely being scratched in 1941 and there are billions is estimated reserves. 


Aerial view of claim and boundaries.

Number of Mines 2 gated mine portals and 2 prospects
Nearest city with amenities Keystone, Colorado approximately 11 miles away.
Access to the Claim This claim is located on an easy 2WD dirt road. You can drive a car to the site if the weather permits.
Parking and Staging on the claim Ample parking and staging on the two claims. You can park as many vehicles and equipment as you can fit.
Resources Water constantly flowing out of the mine portals.
Structures on claim Tipple, Tram house, Rock building and mill.
Relics on the claim Boiler, Ball crusher, wheels, various other metal remains.
Elevation 12000

 


Reference:

  1. Geology and ore deposits of the Montezuma Quadrangle, Colorado

Top Pictures

Upper portal entrance.



Tram tower and tipple.


Tram house as viewed from upper roads.


Some interesting folding in a large boulder of ore.


Flat at the upper portal of the mine.


Copper and gold ores at the mine.


Gold in flakes in the quartz.


House or workshop on the claim.


Construction of the tipple/tram house.


Stout, solid construction.


A massive old boiler on the claim.


Remains of a likely tipple.


Large sheave wheel.


Run off has been re-routed by reclamation efforts.


Trellis leading over to the tram house


Rich ores in the waste dump.


Gold and pyrites in the quartz.


Lower portal.


Gold and some pyrites in copper with quartz.


Large dumps.


Sheave wheel in the tram house.


A boulder in the tailings, shot with gold.


Closer view of the boulder.


Gold in quartz.


Gold showing nicely against the iron.


Closer view of the gold deposits.


More rich, metal laden ores.


The old gates and traps look like they could still operate.


Down at the mill.


The old mill from a distance.


Washing vats inside the mill.


Excellent road access throughout the claim.


Ball mill among the downfallen timbers.


Charred wood on the ore bins.


Ball crusher. 


Sections of the buildings are coming down.


Inside the mill looking up.


Foundations inside the mill.


An old compressor behind the mill.


Separator tech back then is the same as today.


The front of the mill and tipples.



Claim Rating

Total Workings

Greater than 2600 feet of workings estimated. This assessment based on what surveyors observed while on site.

Historical Value

Accessibility and Location

2WD vehicle can get to claim

Mineral Value

Free milling gold, gold nuggets or gems

Resources

  • 1 point – Wood/Shade/Timbers/Trees
  • 1 point – Dilapidated/unusable structures/foundations
  • 2 points – Year Round Water Source
  • Total Resources Rating: 4

Weather

Weather data from nearby city – Keystone, Colorado


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.”

Commodities:

  • Gold – Primary
  • Silver – Primary
  • Copper – Primary
  • Lead – Primary
  • Zinc – Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore
Pyrite Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Comments on the geologic information

The Pennsylvania vein strikes NE and dips steeply NW to SE.

Comments on the production information

Estimated production (1885-1930) totaled about 2860 oz. of gold, 760,000 oz. silver, 6,600,000 lb. lead, plus lesser amounts of copper and zinc.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Host and associated rocks

Host or associated Host
Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Schist
Rock unit name Idaho Springs Formation
Stratigraphic age (youngest) Paleoproterozoic

 

Host or associated Host
Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Gneiss
Rock unit name Idaho Springs Formation
Stratigraphic age (youngest) Paleoproterozoic

 

Host or associated Host
Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid
Rock unit name Silver Plume Granite
Stratigraphic age (youngest) Mesoproterozoic

 

Host or associated Host
Rock type Plutonic Rock > Porphyry
Rock unit name Montezuma quartz monzonite stock
Stratigraphic age (youngest) Tertiary

Production statistics

Year 1923
Period 1888-92, 1922-23
Accuracy Accurate
Importance Item Commodity Group Amount recovered Grade Recovery percentage
Major   Lead Lead 21,693mt    
Major   Gold Gold 93g    
Major   Silver Silver 122,859g    
Major   Copper Copper 39mt    

References:

USGS Database – 10108421


Mining District Overview

Argentine District Information

History:

Originally the Decatur, this district was founded by mine promoter Stephen Decatur Bross. He wasn’t a character with a lot of class, as he skipped out on his family from Illinois just to travel west to pursue riches. Even his brother, who’s a Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, tracked him down, but denied their relationship.

The altitude and the harsh winters made it difficult to mine; It’s said that many of the miners didn’t work as hard, but went through food faster because of this. In the early years, they couldn’t mine at the fullest because of the poor transport facilities. They needed burros to transport equipment.

The Argentine Central Railway near the Mt MClellan summit.

The Decatur eventually declined until it was revived as the Rathbone in 1890, but was wiped out by an avalanche in 1899. The district was rebuilt for a third and final time as the Argentine. In 1905, Reverend Edward J Wilcox established the Argentine Central Railway, that greatly helped facilitate the transportation of miners and equipment, but also attracted a number of tourists.[1] In 1918 the Colorado Central Mining Company created a 500-ton flotation mill. The district is also home to the Santiago Consolidated Mining, Milling and Tunnel Company mines, as well as The Kitty Ousley mine.[2]

Geology:

The Argentine district, located at the heads of Leavenworth and Stevens Creeks in southwestern Clear Creek County, is 6 to 8 miles southwest of Georgetown and Silver Plume, just east of the Continental Divide. The mineralized area is on Kelso and McClellan Mountains and also included in the district an area in Summit County at the head of Peru Creek on the west side of the Continental Divide, but this area has produced insufficient gold to be considered in this report.

Production records for the Argentine district are fragmentary. According to incomplete mine production figures, the district had a minimum gold output through 1928 of 21,990 ounces. From 1932 through 1957 the district had a recorded production of 3,373 ounces of gold, or a total minimum of 25,400 ounces..

The Argentine district is underlain by schist and gneiss of the Idaho Springs Formation into which were intruded masses of Silver Plume Granite, of Precambrian age. Dikes and plugs of Tertiary quartz monzonite porphyry and rhyolite and dacite porphyry cut the Precambrian rocks. The ore bodies are in veins that trend north-northeast and contain gold, galena, pyrite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite and silver sulfantimonides.. Quartz, carbonates, and locally occurring fluorite are the most common gangue minerals.[3]

References:

  1. Dallas, Sandra. Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps. Norman: U of Oklahoma, 1988.
  2. Colorado. Bureau of Mines, and Colorado. Division of Mines. A Summary of Mineral Industry Activity in Colorado. N.p.: Bureau, 1919.
  3. Clear Creek County Colorado Gold Production

District Overview:

District Aliases Decatur, Rathbone
Discovered/ Organized 1860s
Noted Commodities Gold, Silver
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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 goldrush@goldrushexpeditions.com


Payment:

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.


Financing:

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

Documentation:

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: 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.


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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