Ownership of a mining claim, either placer or lode does not convey or imply ownership or interest in any BUILDINGS, MACHINERY or other EQUIPMENT that is found within the boundaries of the claim. In the case of many mining claims, it is possible to take control of the buildings, machinery or other items by filing a Notice of Operation and utilizing the items in conjunction with or to promote your mineral extraction operation.
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Since the repeal of the War Act in 1945, Mining activity decreased over 900%. These mines were left abandoned because people died or were no longer able to work their mines. Many more people held their mining claims while they worked their city jobs from 9-5, all the while, promising to return to mining at some point. Most never did, and when they died, or stopped paying on their claims, they were considered abandoned.
Gold can also be microscopic and invisible to the naked eye. Unless you are planning a pit mine processing thousands of tons per day, microscopic gold is as good as no gold. Gold often runs with quartz. Gold also alloys with metals such as copper, iron and silver. An old miner adage is that you always want to be on the look out for one of the 4 metals, which always occur together, those being: Gold, Silver, Copper and Platinum. The concentrations may vary, but this is a very accurate statement.