Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Black Gold Mine and Mineral Claim. The Black Gold Mine is a 20 acre lode Mining claim for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The Black Gold Mine is located outside of Bisbee, Arizona and has been properly staked and marked at all corners.
All Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. claims are meticulously surveyed, mapped and researched. On-site field work is completed by Corey Shuman and Jessica Shuman, nationally recognized Mineral Surveyors with over 36 years of combined experience.
The Warren district and this general area of Arizona have produced more gold than any other district in the State of Arizona. As of 2013, 2,792,000 ounces of gold has come out of these mines
The Black Gold Mine has been dormant for an estimated 90 years. There is evidence of some exploratory work and high grading that likely occurred prior to 1980. A series of cuts along a partially exposed fault make up the bulk of the operation. The adits of the Black Gold Mine are all relatively small, 100-200 feet in most cases, targeting a wide body of ore that runs deep into the hillside. Likely an exposed outcrop gave the first evidence of mineralization and work progressed from that point.
Extremely rough country. Very close to the Mexico border, security will be a primary concern. The area is heavily patrolled by US Border Patrol. Expect the operator will become good friends with these border patrol agents.
This is a gold mine, there are some small flakes of gold that can be seen in the quartz body in some sections of the workings. There is also iron, galena and likely deposits of zinc that have not been explored. The primary value will be in the gold deposits and the development of those deposits.
Access is relatively simple but will require high clearance and four-wheel drive is highly recommended as small storms can change the landscape dramatically in a matter of minutes. A good flat at, what is assumed to be, the old mine camp gives a good spot for staging of gear and equipment. Multiple vehicles could be placed here.
The Black Gold Mine is an ideal development property that should be considered to be in its infancy. As the lode is defined and mapped, there is excellent potential for expansion and growth. The Black Gold Mine can be developed and sampled as it sits without the need for bonds or notice of Operations.
The mine is close to Tuscon for ore processing and also very close to the Mexico border which may offer other options in gold and silver processing.
|Underground Access||Open Portal|
|Waste Dump||200k tons|
|Depth / Length||1000′ combined/estimated|
|Minerals in the Mine||Quartz, Iron|
|Foot Traffic in the Mine||Heavy|
Interesting collection of adits and short declines working on a lode deposit that runs at a steep pitch. The adits appear to have been cut as smaller prospects until the lode was intercepted and the size of the vein was defined. Vein is nearly 3′ wide in some sections. The body of ore consists of host rock with iron, quartz, galena and some gold. Gold is the primary commodity and there is stoping in some of the workings where the vein opens up.
Drifts are solid and stable cut in competent rock. Oxygen levels are at 20.8 and stable with no other abnormal levels detected. It is assumed that most of the drifts are interconnected with winzes or other air shafts as there are good air currents in the larger drifts.
|Number of Mines||Multiple adits|
|Nearest city with amenities||Bisbee|
|Access to the Claim||High clearance vehicles preferred for road (2WD/4wd)|
|Parking and Staging on the claim||Parking was available directly next to mine entrance. Limited room, not all flat. Can park vehicle and trailers with care.|
|Structures on claim||None|
|Relics on the claim||None|
Accessibility and Location
4WD only, passable with no damage. Ruts, rocks, etc.
Copper, Galena, Silver and/or Quartz, and other defined Minerals visible and easy to identify
Wood, no water or food
The richest Gold producing district in all of Arizona as of 2013. Reported production of 2,792,000 ounces of gold and 102,215,000 ounces of silver.
While on a scouting party from Fort Bowie, Jack Dunn discovered a small outcrop of lead-silver mineralization along Mule Gulch during the summer of 1877. He reported this discovery to his commanding officer, Lt. Anthony Rucker. Dunn, Rucker and T. D. Byrne staked the district’s first mining claim in August 1877.
Jack Dunn and his partners grub-staked George Warren, who was hired to locate additional claims for them. Instead of performing this task, Warren squandered the grubstake over the next several weeks in Tombstone’s saloons. In late September 1877, Warren and several friends from Tombstone headed to Mule Gulch, where they staked a number of claims for themselves. One of these claims became the rich Copper Queen mine. The mining district was later named Warren, while the original discover, Dunn was soon forgotten.
During the spring of 1880, Edward Reilly and Levi Zeckendorf acquired an option to purchase the Copper Queen mine for $20,000 (Graeme, 1987). With the help of John Ballard, William Martin and Dewitt Bisbee of San Francisco, they exercised this option. The Copper Queen mine achieved production in September 1880. Its rich oxide ores, averaging 23% copper, were treated by a small furnace that produced a black copper product, containing 95% copper.
The Shattuck-Arizona Copper Company was organized in March 1904 with an initial investment of $3.5 million. Located in the northwestern portion of the Warren mining district, development of this property began in August 1904. Production commenced in September 1906 with the ore being delivered by a 3,300-foot aerial tramway to a loading facility on an El Paso and Southwestern rail spur, from which it was shipped to the Copper Queen’s Douglas smelter. Shipments continued until November 1907, when a panic resulted in the suspension of operations until December 1908. In 1919, a major fire temporarily halted operations at the Shattuck mine until 1923, when production resumed. Mining operations continued until 1930, when low copper prices of the Great Depression forced its closure.
With the increased demand for copper as a result of the war in Europe, production from Bisbee’s mines rose to its highest level of 96,848 tons in 1916. This mining camp would never attain this level again.
As the prospect of war rose during the late 1930’s, production grew. Although demand significantly increased when the United States entered the war in December 1941, the military draft resulted in severe shortages of skilled underground miners that ultimately limited production. By the end of World War II, copper production at Bisbee had fallen below pre-war levels.
Over its 95-year life (1880-1975), underground mining operations at Bisbee produced approximately 53 million tons of copper ore, averaging 6% copper. Although the average grade for the underground operations averaged 6% copper, many of its oxidized ore bodies commonly contained 12 to 23% copper. It should be noted that the underground mining cut-off grade for sulfide ores was approximately 3.5% copper.
Over the life of the Warren mining district (1880-2013), 3,961,479 tons of copper, 162,128 tons of lead, 177,524 tons of zinc, 14,000 tons of manganese, 2,792,000 ounces of gold and 102,215,000 ounces of silver were recovered from the area’s mines. It was Arizona’s the seventh largest copper producer, top producer of lead, second largest producer of zinc, fourth largest manganese producer, largest gold producer and second largest silver producer.
The fundamental rocks of the Bisbee quadrangle are crystalline schist of pre-Cambrian age, separated by a profound nonconformity from the overlying Paleozoic beds. The latter comprise a basal Cambrian quartzite 430 feet in thickness, succeeded by over 4,500 feet of limestone representing portions of Cambrian, Devonian, and Carboniferous time. The Silurian, so far as known, has no lithological representation in the quadrangle.
At the close of the Carboniferous period the rocks of ·the Bisbee quadrangle were deformed by faulting and folding, and were cut by intrusions of granitic magma. The principal mineralization of the district probably dates from this time of revolutionary disturbance. The region as a whole was elevated above sea level and subjected to erosion until the beginning of the Cretaceous period. During the Cretaceous the land again sank beneath the sea, and over 4,500 feet of sandstone, shales, and limestone, representing the earlier part of this period, were accumulated.
Subsequently, elevation brought these sediments above sea level and exposed them to erosion. The quadrangle contains no rocks of Tertiary age, and there are no known facts from which to determine the exact date of the post-Cretaceous uplift. It was accompanied or followed by faulting and folding.
During the Quaternary, and probably during a part of the Tertiary, the higher parts of the Bisbee quadrangle have been undergoing erosion, and have shed their waste into the flat-floored valleys surrounding-the Mule Mountains.
|Discovered/ Organized||August 1877|
|Noted Commodities||Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead|
Black Gold Mine – Bisbee, Arizona
Black Gold Mine – Bisbee, Arizona - 31°24'39.12"N 109°48'47.13"W