Pearl (Hatchet) Mineral Property

A Gold Rush Expeditions Inc. Mining Claim Property

Federally Registered Mining Claim ID : NMMC198391

20 Acre Lode Claim – Sylvanite Mining District – Hidalgo County, New Mexico

Inventory Reduction Sale Price:$2,500.00

(Price Valid Until 9/28/2018)

The Pearl Mine is one of the original Gold producing mines in the New Mexico region and one of only a handful noted for its “telluride” type of native gold deposits. As noted by geologists, it is one of the few mines that actually produces native or free milling gold. “Tetradymite-native gold veins, represented chiefly by the Gold Hill, Little Mildred, Wake-up-Charlie, Pearl, and some of the Handcar workings.” The mine shipped ores in the early 1900s that assayed out to 5.25 ounces of gold per ton.

The Pearl is in a remote area of New Mexico that is rarely visited due to its proximity to the Mexican border. This has kept most all miners and prospectors working further north. Our surveyors had no issues surveying the claim, however, they were warned by Border Patrol agents to be out before dark.

There are good roads suitable for 2WD vehicles,  within a few hundred feet of the claim. A washout below the mine has made the road accessible by 4WD only. There are good staging and camping flats near the old miners cabin which is on the claim.

Some miners trash was found in the area, no garbage or evidence of illegal alien passage was reported. The surveyors noted more than a few outcrops of the tetradymite veins inside the mine. These are indicative of the gold deposits and should be chipped open and examined.  This mine dates back to the 1860s and is a noted producer.

George Callicoat of Lordsburg, NM is the son of Noah Callicoat who owned the mine from 1947-1982. He reported the following:

“Dad got the mine from my grandpa who started working the mine after the war. He always told my dad that the Pearl was his piggy bank. He could go out for a few days work and return with enough gold to sell to cover his bills for the next few months. Dad and Grandpa went out to that mine a lot, they always came back with something good. When Grandpa died in ’67, Dad renamed it the Monte Cristo, said that was what it used to be. He thought people might be trying to follow him to the mine and said that the name change would throw people off. Around 1970 Dad had his first heart attack. He didnt make it to the mine more than one or two times after that but he always kept up the claims. In 1981 he leased the mine to some people from Arizona, they paid him something crazy like $5000 a month on a contract for a year. They only paid this for a few months and then they offered a lump sum payment for complete ownership. Dad asked me if I wanted to work it, I had no desire to get underground, it freaks me out. I told him no way was I going to work the mine and he should sell it. He did, and thats mostly the last I heard. I assume them folks still own the mine since they paid a lot of money for it. The road washed out in 1989 and its been a bear to even get up that canyon anymore. “

Records show that the claims on the mine lapsed in 1999. The mine has not been addressed since that time. The workings show very little work but the soft, powdery sulfite-like material that is an indicator of the native gold is present in many places inside the main mine and inside some of the prospects.

This claim is part of the inventory reduction sale, valid only until September 28th, 2018. These properties are discounted because they do not have a full GRMP-43 reporting. They may not have had an entire on the ground survey completed and/or have not been fully documented.

If these properties do not sale during the inventory reduction sale, they will be taken off the market and Gold Rush Expeditions will complete the GRMP-43’s and resurvey of the properties. The properties will then be offered at another date at a substantially higher price,

Mine Quick Facts
AccessBest accessed by ATV or UTV
Nearest City with Amenities62 miles to Lordsburg New Mexico
CommoditiesGold, Silver
Total Workings148 feet
Acres20 Acres
Claim TypeLode
TailingsNone. No mill on site
Waste Dump450 yards of quartz waste
Mine DevelopmentAdit
p. 98-99 – The Pearl or Monte Cristo mine (No. 14 on pL 12) is one of the prospects upon which a little work was done about the time of my visits. It is in the first arroyo east of Stone Cabin Gulch and a little over three-fourths of a mile south of the Gold Hill mine.
It can be reached readily by a road branching from the Gold Hill road 2 miles beyond the Corbett Ranch and heading up the bed of the arroyo.




The property is said to have been located in March, 1908. Eight tons of ore containing 42.16 ounces of gold and 27 ounces of silver was shipped in 1909 by the Monte Cristo Mining Co. of Uvalde, Tex.

The workings are in the Howells Ridge formation beyond the main part of the metamorphic zone, though some beds are faintly marmorized and silicated.

On the east side of the arroyo an adit 60 feet deep follows a steeply dipping quartz stringer that strikes N.85°W. through blue and brown limestone. The stringer is mostly less than an inch thick, and near and at the face of the tunnel the vein consists only of 10 inches of crushed and iron-stained rock. Halfway up the slope another tunnel, 90 feet deep and in green and brown limy shale and dirty limestone, follows a quartz stringer that is 3 inches wide at the portal but tightens to a mere joint at the face.
The vein is trenched for 100 feet from just above the portal of this tunnel nearly to the top of the ridge, but it cannot be traced farther. The trench reaches a depth of 10 feet or more, and the high-grade ore that was shipped came from there, but it is reported that the vein is almost barren at the bottom of the trench. Hill 1() reported that the Pearl vein is as much as 8 feet in width, and the wide part presumably was the portion mined out at the open cut.

On the east side of the ridge is a third tunnel 80 feet deep and having a 10-foot winze at a depth of 20 feet and a second 10-foot winze at 60 feet. The vein at that tunnel is a partly oxidized quartz-calcite stringer that strikes N.85°W. through black shale. It is 8 inches or less wide as now exposed, but the excavated portion is said to have been as much as 18 inches wide. Therein matter is in part drusy and contains fragments and slivers of the wall rock; “beautiful specimens of free gold” are said to have been found in it. A thin sill of monzonite 2 to 10 feet thick crops out on the slope above the tunnel. The stringers prospected by the different workings cannot be traced into one another and may or may not be parts of the same vein

If classified according to the predominant ore mineral, a wide variety of deposits may be recognized in the Sylvanite district, and if considered also in light of their shape or mode of formation, a still wider variety appears. There are literally almost as many types as there are prospects, for among the dozen most prominent mines and prospects there are 8 types of deposits, and to these may be added 2 other types of no commercial appeal. The 10 types include:
1. Disseminated pyrite in monzonite.
2. A chalcopyrite replacement deposit in garnetite at the Copper Dick Mine.
3. A pyrrhotite replacement deposit in quartzite at the Clemmie mine.
4. A chalcopyrite-tourmaline vein deposit at the Buckhorn mine.
5. Arsenopyrite-tourmaline veins” at the Creeper tunnels.
6. Tetradymite-native gold veins, represented chiefly by the Gold Hill, Little Mildred, Wake-up-Charlie, Pearl, and some of the Handcar workings.
7. A chalcopyrite-barite deposit at the Santa Maria tunnel.
8. A galena vein at the Silver Trail tunnel.
9. Quartz-pyrite and quartz-pyrite-chalcopyrite stringers such as the Broken Jug prospect.
10. A fluorite-calcite-quartz vein, unnamed.[1]

The Sylvanite district covers an area about six long and three miles wide in the central portion of Little Hachita mountains. The town of Sylvanite on west side of the mountains near the west center of the district Is about 12 miles due southwest of Hachita a Junction point on the El Paso & Southwestern railroad. The 18 mile wagon road between these two towns passes through a log gap two and one half miles north of Sylvanite. In the early 80s prospecting for copper in the region now known as Sylvanite resulted in several locations. While at work on one of these claims in February 1908 Doc Clark discovered placer gold in a small gulch west of Livermore Springs. This started the Sylvanite boom which lasted approximately a year, but resulted in the location of several rich lode gold deposits and the identification of numerous lodes and veins in the range.

The Sylvanite district has many different kinds of mineral deposits (Lasky, 1947), but four types have accounted for virtually all past production. They are (1) contact metasomatic copper deposits, (2) hightemperature gold-copper-tourmaline-quartz veins, ( 3) gold placers, and (4) contact metasomatic tungsten deposits. Total production has been about $300,000. The largest contact metasomatic copper deposit known in the district was worked in the Copper Dick mine in sec. 22, T. 28 S., R. 16 W., from which about 4,000 tons of ore was shipped between 1890 and 1954, worth $80,000 to $100,000 (net smelter return). Although the Buckhorn gold mine in sec. 27, T. 28 S., R. 16 W., was discovered in 1880, the discovery of additional gold veins and placers in 1909 touched off the last old-fashioned gold boom in New Mexico. It was short-lived and led to the recovery of less than 1,000 ounces of gold. An additional $70,000 worth of gold was reported during the 1930’s. Estimation is reported values would represent 10-20% of actual recovery.

Most of the tungsten has come from the Granite Pass area at the southern end of the district. About 650 tons of scheelite-garnet ore containing 0.44 percent WO3 were shipped from the Eagle Point claims.The Little Hatchet Mountains cover about 75 square miles west of the town of Hachita in southwestern New Mexico. The north half of the range, in Grant County, contains the Eureka silver-lead mining district, and the south half, in Hidalgo County, contains the Sylvanite gold-mining district. The earliest metal-mining locations in the Little Hatchet Mountains were made in 1871, but in the 67 years to 1937 only about 60,000 tons of ore was mined, having an estimated gross value of $1,250,000 or less. Most of this production came from five ore shoots, the smallest of which, in the Sylvanite district, yielded 1,300 tons of ore, and the largest, in the Eureka district, about 25,000 tons. The geological survey of the range was made in cooperation with the State Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources of the New Mexico School of Mines as part of a larger projected survey of the whole of Hidalgo County.

The Little Hatchet Mountains, one of the familiar north ward-trending desert ranges of the southwestern United States, are completely encircled by valley fill. There is some probability that the range is a fault-block mountain. In plan the range is long and carrot-shaped — broad, low, and diffuse in the Eureka half, compact, narrow, and rugged in the Sylvanite half, the dividing line following the trace of the Copper Dick fault. At one time the range appears to have been surrounded by a gravel-covered pediment; this gravel in effect separated the north and south halves of the range, but current erosion is removing the gravel and restoring the continuity of bedrock exposures. Water is obtained from four small springs or from wells in the surrounding valley fill. Depth to water ranges in the mountains from 10 to 225 feet and in the valleys from 15 to about 290 feet. The valley waters in general are suitable for any uses to which they might be put in a mining camp, but the mine waters are unsuited in the raw state for any but milling purposes.

Native gold, of hypogene origin, is the most important constituent of the veins of the Sylvanite district. It forms rough grains, scattered in the quartz and calcite of the vein matter, and clusters and threads that cut those minerals. It is closely and apparently invariably associated with tetradymite, bismuth telluride, which thus is a guide to its presence. At places it is intergrown with the tetradymite in a way suggesting contemporaneous deposition. The gold and tetradymite represent the latest stage of deposition in the Sylvanite veins. Nuggets from the Little Mildred mine were tested and found to be 0.953 fine, and an assay of several grains from the Gold Hill mine indicated an average fineness of 0.936. 

All properties that are part of the Inventory Reduction sale will be sold for $2,500.00 (Two thousand five hundred dollars and no cents) plus $349.00 (Thre hundred forty-nine dollars and no cents)(per claim) documentation fees, regardless of previous valuations.

Properties have had annual assessments paid for the 2019 year and no assessments are due until the 2020 assessment year.

A deposit of $1,000.00 (One thousand dollars and no cents) may be paid via credit card to hold the property for up to 7 (seven) days.  Buyer may also make depsoit via check, cash or wire transfer.

Property will not be considered sold until payment has been received in full. With $1,000.00 (One thousand dollars and no cents) deposit, an invoice for the remaining balance due will be sent via email. The remaining balance will be due within 7 days from deposit being made. The remaining balance due may be paid via wire transfer, cash, check or cashiers check. Credit cards will only be accepted for the initial deposit.

If remaining balance is not received within 7 days, deposit will be considered forfeit. There are no refunds.

Once full payment has been received, a quit claim deed transfering the claims from Gold Rush Expeditions to the new owner will be completed, recorded and filed as required by law. Upon return of the recorded documents, Gold Rush Expeditions will send the new owner copies of recorded files.