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Historic Arizona Rand Gold Mine – Bullhead City, Arizona

Asking Price$750,000$1,500/Monthly



Historic Arizona Rand (ROADSIDE) Mine and Camp Overview

20 Acre Lode Claim – Oatman District – Mohave County, Arizona

Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Arizona Rand Gold Mining Claim for sale. This is a 20 acre lode mining claim for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The Arizona Rand is located just outside of Bullhead City, 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 Arizona Rand is also more recently known as the Roadside Mine. The mine has been absorbed by the Katherine Gold Mine conglomerate and worked at a great profit for many years. The mine as it sits today consists of a large stoped cavern with some unmapped drifts and winzes.

The Mine was documented in 1996 by the USGS as having a minimum of 136,000 metric tons of gold ore reserves at an average value of .30 OPT. With gold at $1200 an ounce, that’s a value of over $48,000,000 (million).

It is a massive development which clearly showcases veins of gold ore along with some defined copper and sulphide silver. It is a commercial size deposit and working that could be worked by a small group of miners under casual use, or it could be restored to a commercial operation with the substantial reserves. The mine was abandoned when the Katherine Mine went bankrupt, and has been held by smaller companies for the past 20 years.

Access to the mine is clear on county roads and the mine can be accessed with a 2WD vehicle. There is ample parking and staging areas for most any need or use.

This is a large operation and will require some permitting for a full production operation. This mine would not be feasible for a casual use operation. Owner operator will need to extract and process gold ore by the ton. Gold Rush can assist in filing of documentation and legal guidance at clients request.

History of the Mines

The Arizona Rand or Roadside Mine as it has been known, has a long history of production and developments. It is a working gold mine with defined and documented reserve ore bodies consisting of gold, silver and copper. There are over 100 pages of documentation detailing the drilling and sampling of the mine over the past 40 years.

At the Roadside Mine the shaft was sunk to the 100-foot level in 1915 and 1916 and later extended to the 300-foot level. It had two compartments and was at an incline of 70 degrees. Up to January 1934 the Gold Standards had done about 1,000 feet of development work on the 100-foot level and produced 890 ounces of gold and 1,734 ounces of silver. In May 1935 the last of the ore from a shrinkage stope was being drawn; in January 1936 the mine was closed.

A chimney shaped are shoot with a flat rake to the north extended from the surface to the 100-foot level. It was 20 to 35 feet wide and 75 feet long on the strike. The ore averaged 0.28 ounce of gold to the ton. Despite the flat dip of the vein, the are was mined by a shrinkage method. In March 1934 about 10,000 tons had been broken, but only the swell had been pulled. Plans called for using a scraper for emptying the stope.

Chutes were 25 feet apart with pillars left between them. Although only a few pillars were left in the stope, no caving of the back occurred.

In the spring of 1935 the are was being mined by one machine miner, two men with hammers in the stope, two trammers on the 50-foot level, one bucket loader, and one topman. Hoisting was done in a 1,000-pound bucket and tramming in 16-cubic-foot cars running on 18-gage track. The water was kept down in the shaft by pumping two shifts each day with a boiler feed pump.

The following review of the property history is excerpted from Kirwin (1990).

The individuals who comprise ONANON Inc. began acquiring claims in the district during the late 1960’s. An unknown group drilled 19 or 20 churn drill holes (at the property) before. Fischer-Watt leased the property from ONANON Inc, in 1984. The records from that period are fragmentary and do not aid measurably in understanding the deposit. Fischer-Watt drilled 28 reverse circulation holes in 1984 most of which were drilled at the Roadside(Arizona-Rand) mine. Anaconda sublet the property from Fischer-Watt and drilled ten diamond drill holes for 2,780 feet in a reconnaissance fashion throughout the claim block.

The reboxed core is now stored on the property in a recently completed core shed. Anaconda released their lease in 1985. Fischer-Watt drilled 15 Rye holes for 4,230 feet in August, 1986 to fulfill assessment requirements. Most of the holes were drilled in a reconnaissance fashion although a few were drilled at the Roadside (Arizona-Rand) mine. It was observed in the field that many of the 1986 Fischer-Watt holes were drilled into the footwall of mineralized structures parallel or subparallel to the dip of the structure, rather than crossing the structure from hanging wall to footwall. Nevertheless, several of the holes contain anomalous gold values. Fischer- Watt relinquished their option on the property in 1986. Ivy Minerals leased the property from ONANON in 1987, and carried out several drill programs on the Roadside (Arizona-Rand) Mine. Although some of the holes were drilled with a reverse circulation rig, many of them were drilled with a company owned track mounted percussion rig with a depth capacity of 100 feet. Most of the air track holes did not reach the mineralized zone at the Roadside mine. Ivy Minerals sublet the property to ACNC in July, 1989. During August, 1989 ACNC drilled 53 RYC holes to depths of 100 feet each to fulfill assessment requirements and to explore beneath the alluvial cover on the pediment. All holes reached bedrock but most did not intersect altered rocks. Preliminary mapping and sampling, during the Fall of 1989 indicated that the Gold Chain – Little Gold Chain Hill prospect should be drilled in 1990. Two more phases of drilling were completed during 1990 evaluating the Gold Chain area as well as several reconnaissance targets on the pediment. In July, 1990 ACNC canceled the lease agreement with Ivy minerals.[1]



  1. Arizona Department of Mines and Minerals Resources AZMILS Data. RoadsideMohaveT21NR21WSec12-1. 2002.


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Workings at the mine cira 1981
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Main cut at the mine circa 1984
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Mine Entrance 2016


Mine Details:

Access to the Mine This mine is easily accessible on a 2WD road. You can drive to within 100 feet of the mine entrance.
Tailings Present 10,000-49,999 tons. Iron, banded quartz, galena, pyrites seen in the mine dump.
Entrance Solid Rock
Mine Cut Adit/Decline
Depth / Length Documented over 2200′ linear workings. 10,000+’ of open workings (stopes, cuts, etc.)
Minerals in the Mine Wide quartz veins. Various bands of gold and copper bearing minerals running through the caverns.
Foot Traffic in the Mine None
Last Worked 1984


Survey Notes

A huge and important mining site with billions of dollars in reserves at an an average of .25 AU OPT. Surveyed over 100 pages of drilling and exploration information from 1934-1989. This documentation is in possession of Gold Rush Expeditions. Claim has been cleaned up from current aerial imagery, there are no longer any vehicles or buildings on the claim. The mine is in excellent condition and ready for high grading. Workings are open and easily accessible. Some gold was seen on the claim in heaps and dumps. There is also copper and quartz visible in the open stopes.

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Aerial view of claim and boundaries.

Number of Mines 1 adit/decline and some trenching.
Nearest city with amenities Bullhead City, Arizona is 13 miles away.
Access to the Claim A 2WD vehicle can easily get to the site. It is located on a large well kept dirt road.
Parking and Staging on the claim Ample parking and staging on the claim. You can fit as many cars/truck/trailers as you can fit.
Resources Apparent well and water system present on the claim. Appears to just need a power hookup to be operational. Original claim had power and there are power lines on the claim, claimant could utilize this power in support of their mining operations. It also appears that water is not too far below the surface as evidenced by the palm trees growing on the claim.
Structures on claim None
Relics on the claim Old timbers, piping, electrical, phones, infrastructure.
Elevation 1,902′


Total Workings

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

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Historical Value

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Accessibility and Location

2WD vehicle can get to claim

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Mineral Value

Free milling gold, gold nuggets or gems

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  • 0 Points – No Structures/Not Applicable
  • 2 points – Year Round Water Source if using runoff in mine and well.
  • Total Resources Rating: 2
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Weather data from nearby city – Bullhead City, Arizona


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 Operator
Owner Fischer-Watt Mining Co.
Home office Kingman, Az.
First year 1986


Type Owner
Owner Fischer-Watt Mining Co., Inc. And Pecos Resources
First year 1980


  • Gold – Primary
  • Silver – Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Gold Ore
Hematite Ore
Specularite Ore
Calcite Gangue
Chlorite Gangue
Epidote Gangue
Fluorite Gangue
Gypsum Gangue
Quartz Gangue

Comments on development


Analytical data

Result ASSAY AVERAGE 0.25 TO 0.30 OZ. AU/TON (1934 ).

Host and associated rocks

Host or associated Associated
Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Felsic Volcanic Rock > Rhyolite
Stratigraphic age (youngest) Pliocene


Host or associated Host
Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Gneiss

Geologic structures

Type of structure Regional
Structure description Detachment Fault

Ore body information

Strike NW
Dip 35 W
Depth to bottom 30.48M
Depth to top 0M
Width 10.67M
Length 22.86M

Reserves and resources

Type In-situ
Estimate year 1986
Total resources 136,000mt ore
Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
Gold Au 0.847 g/mt Gold Major 1986

Workings at the site

Type of workings Underground
Length 304.8M
Overall depth 30.48M


USGS Database – 10027945


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.

District Overview:

District Aliases N/A
Discovered/ Organized 1863
Noted Commodities Gold, Silver

Mine Maps

Overhead Diagram

Floor Plan

Profile Diagram

Floor Plan

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