Price: $12,000

Gold Nugget Mine

A Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. Mining Claim Property

Federally Registered Mining Claim ID:MMC237006, MMC237007

40 Acre Lode and Placer Claim — Utopia District — Beaverhead County, Montana

Mining Claim Introduction

The Gold Nugget Mine is a noted producer of Gold, Silver and Molybdenum, located in the Utopia (Birch Creek) Mining District in Beaverhead County, Montana. The mine is a combination of lode and placer claims positioned to cover the entire region containing the valuable workings and defined veins.

The claims, as written, cover the Historic Gold Nugget Mines and Placer Operations in addition to the Haggerty Mine which is situated roughly 600’ north-east of the Gold Nugget camp. The Haggerty Mines were also cut chasing after gold and copper veins. The workings are said to consist of a series of two (2) drifts that are at least twelve hundred (1200) feet each. There is no further information available regarding the Haggerty mines and the portals have been blasted by Forest Service reclamation, likely in 2001 in conjunction with the Gold Nugget portals.

A placer claim, running generally east and west covers the majority of the gold bearing gravels on Birch Creek as defined by previous mining operations. The banks of the creek are very steep and the gravels are not easily accessed.

At the main Gold Nugget Camp, there are a series of three buildings which attest to the size of the camp. A bunkhouse, a large workshop/Garage and a smaller addition to the bunkhouse that may have been a “Mine Boss” quarters. The buildings are largely intact and in relatively good condition. With a proper notice of operation, the buildings could be rehabbed and utilized as a part of the mining operation, allowing miners to stay on site and work.

The mine workings explore ore bodies of scheelite and powellite and are said to carry gold values of up to 3 ounces per ton in gold and 15% copper.
There is no history or record of production that was ever submitted to the US Bureau of Mines or USGS

There have been no drill samples or reserves defined or estimated for the property. There is very little information regarding the property. With that in mind, the presence of a number of buildings and workshops on the property indicate that development of some profit was occurring or the expenditures for housing and workshops would not have happened.

Mining Claim Quick Facts


Good 4WD access to the entire site.

Waste Dump Present/Size?

Dump from the Gold Nugget lode mines are estimated to be at least 30k tons. Dump from the Haggerty Mines estimated at 10k tons.

Tailings Present/Size?

Tailings from placer operations est 5k tons. No mill site on claims

Mine Cut/Structure

Adits are reclaimed circa 2001.

Total Workings

Historical USGS reports state 1000’ of drift workings.

Nearest City with Amenities

18.5 Miles to Dillon, Montana


Plenty of room for many vehicles, trailers and or RVs with adequate clearance to access the road.


Water and Timber

Other Items of Note
Acres and Type of Claim
40 Acre Lode and Placer Claim
Purchase Price

Mining Claim Description

Surveyors reported quartz and some fleck gold in Birch Creek. The creek should be further sampled and lightly dredged to assess the viability of deposits and recovery. There are other placer dumps farther in from the creek and these are assumed to be the work of earlier placer miners as noted above.

The lode mine shows some interesting iron and quartz but no native gold or pyrites were seen in the dumps. Equipment at the workshop outside of the adit included air line and water line fittings along with some rotted waterlines. This indicating that there was some substantial and costly work being carried out inside the mine. There is medium gauge track extruding from the old portal which also indicates the presence of ore cars and possible trammers.

The dumps on the property are not of the size that would be expected for a smaller mine and may indicate that far more work has been expended in the operation that was never recorded with any state or federal agencies.

It is a quintessential example of an undocumented Montana Gold Mine.

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