The Black Water 2 Mining Property is located in the southern region of the California Black Hills. The mines are just south of the Naval Reservation boundary and some of the only available in the region. These are high value, gold producing mines that have been worked as far back as 1870 historically for gold. More recently they were a part of a gold mining development project executed by Nicor and Homestake Mining spanning from 1977 to 1982.
The mines are reported to have been started in 1870 or there about when native gold veins were noted in quartz outcroppings on country rock (granordite types) on the
The Blackwater Mines are positioned on a small outcrop mountain. The outcrop is known for gold deposits and average assays are over 1.0 oz/T AU with little to no sulfides. This is strictly a gold mine.
While the property has been heavily sampled and documented. It never moved to full commercial production due to the low prices of gold in the early 1980s. There is very limited documentation available due to the company status of Nicor and Homestake who had a joint interest in the site.
The mine is set in a very remote area in the outskirts of the Atolia Mining District. Due to location, the mines are rarely visited or addressed. Surveyors reported no evidence of recent human traffic at the site with portals open and in relatively good condition.
The underground workings are in excellent condition and cut into hard rock. There are numerous small veins of quartz which are said to be gold bearing. Surveyors noted that at some point, 7-10 years ago (2000-2003?), someone had been working in the lower portal.