20 Acre Lode Mining Claim for Sale

Gold Saga

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Commodity: Gold
Location: Arizona, USA
Terms: For Sale
Price: $22,000

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The Mineral Hill district is known for one thing, Gold, and a lot of it. The history dates back as far as the 1840s, when nuggets were being fished out of the washes. The resulting word of mouth brought in the hearty prospectors and miners who were soon cutting in and working the rich lodes. Just as it happened in other districts, so it happened in the Mineral Hill district. Some publicized their mines, looking for funding from investors, while some small scale miners kept their workings off the radar, content to work out of the public eye. Many mines in the Mineral Hill district were never publicized.

The Gold Saga is just such a mine. While the historical name has been lost, and the mines all, but forgotten, the minerals in the hills remain. Our surveyors defined this as the Gold Saga after discussions with local prospectors who spoke of the “long gold saga of the mineral hills”.

The site is not difficult to get to, but requires some patience. The roads wind and twist and don’t seem as if they are nearing the destination, then turn a few short corners, dive into the canyon and the mine appears. This is a small operation, likely only worked at by 1-3 miners and those were probably friends.

It’s a short drive out of Superior, AZ. The first 12-13 miles are paved and smooth. Once you leave the highway, the road turns to dirt but is still relatively good and quite passable by any high clearance 4WD. These roads are rocky and good tires will save you a lot of time on the side of the road. The final 2 miles of road leading to the mine are 4WD and narrow. Right before the adit there is a small narrow washout to cross.

This claim is reportedly located in a high traffic 4WD area, but the mines pretty much get overlooked. Our surveyors noted quite a few 4-wheelers out on the roads, but not a soul at the mine sites, nor was there evidence of ATVs or 4X4 at the claim or mine entrance.

The claim has no documented history that we could dig up, but it obviously produced some riches in the way of gold and possible silver. The ores stacked up around the prospects were impressive, showing signs of gold, lead and silver. The adit did not show a lot of promise, no substantial deposits. There was a door inside the mine, this indicated that the mine was most likely used for storage of mine equipment and tools. This claim is located in the mineral mountains which were historically mined for gold. See our video for more information about this mine and the area.

There is limited parking/staging areas on different levels on the claim site. The road zig zags past the adit and to the upper prospects. Along this road and near each mine opening you could park a few vehicles with care. Trailers and large equipment could be difficult to navigate to the site.

Location is in the heart of a noted, gold bearing district. Access is simple and direct but requires a high clearance 4WD vehicle. 14 miles outside of Superior, Arizona.

These mines were an anomaly as it appear that the gold at the claim was not found in the adit, but all around the claim in a series of prospects and open cuts.

The cuts showed rich gold ore and flake whereas the adit showed no mineral value. Upon further inspection of the adit and prospects our surveyors reached the conclusion that the adit was used as a work place (hence the work bench) in the summers to keep cool from the blaring Arizona summer sun. The door that was located halfway back from the mine was most likely used to store the machinery/tools used to operate the mine. This explains why the tipple was located above the adit, because the good ore was coming from the prospects higher up the mountain and then being loaded into wagons or trucks via the tipple.

You can drive up to all of the mine entrances except for mine 10813, where the road is narrow and would be best navigated in a high clearance short wheel based vehicle. However a full size could make it with caution. High grade gold bearing ore was found all around the claim site. The ore contained gold/silver/lead.

Adit 10816 is an easy walk in entrance. The remaining mine openings are prospects that you can walk or drive up to. We found a tipple, work bench remains and a door at the mine.

Mineral Hill District Information
Report on the District from 1881
This district is in the foothills of the Pinal mountains, about fifteen miles north-east of Florence. The formation of the district is granite. The Gila valley furnishes both wood and water. The ore is smelting, the veins huge, and of a good grade. They carry native gold and silver. The Alice shows a ledge from 6 to 10 feet wide, carbonates and galena. Assays from this vein give $80 per ton. There is a 60-foot shaft and 180-foot tunnel on the properly. The Pacific is a ledge from 8 to 20 feet wide. It is opened by four shafts, the deepest being 60 feet. Ore from this mine has assayed $100 per ton. The Le Roy is a 6- foot vein, going from 40 to 50 ounces per ton. It has a shaft 100 feet, and a tunnel of 150 feet. The Chocia is an immense vein, from 6 to 30 feet in width, portions of it assaying 50 ounces per ton, silver. A shaft 50 feet has been sunk on the property. The lodes of this district offer many advantages for a successful mining enterprise, and a prosperous camp is certain to spring up here (Hamilton, p. 60).

Report on the District from 1883
The Specie Paying mine is driving a new tunnel, all in ore, 100 feet below the highest outcropping. There is no waste material, all being good pay mineral, which assays $42 per ton. The ledge on the Cholla is 32 feet wide, on the Wedge 50 feet, and May, 6 feet wide. There is a shaft 75 feet on the Cholla, and it shows horn silver and high-grade galena. A drift from the bottom shaft disclosed a body of high-grade galena. Some of the ore went as high as $2,504 in silver. The Mark Twain, situated 2 miles farther north, has a 50-foot ledge. There is a large open cut on the mine, and a shaft from bottom of cut, 18 feet deep. The ore goes from $40 to $175, with from 40 to 70 per cent. lead. The only development is on foot wall. It is an iron-cap ledge, and can be traced for 8 miles. What this district most needs are a custom mill and reduction works. Such an enterprise could be made very profitable. There is ore in abundance, of every variety, and at this time no less than 500 tons per diem could be supplied from the various mines (Production of the Precious Metals in the United States p. 325).

The Bebee— Work on this well-known mining ground will be started soon after the 1st of January, 1883. The tunnel on the mine is 70 feet long, pointing towards the shaft, calculated to strike it at 250 feet depth. The ore is galena bearing silver. The ledge is 14.5 feet wide. The Truckee is the northern extension of the Bebee. It has a 40-foot shaft, same class of mineral as Bebee. Vein and ledge similar. Work on the Hollis mine shows a great improvement. The vein is 4i feet wide between good walls of syenite and porphyry. Assays run from $204 to $500 per ton. It is free-milling ore with horn silver. The shaft is now 35 feet in depth. The Hollis is the southern extension of the Bebee mine, 7 miles southerly from Pinal (Production of the Precious Metals in the United States p. 326).

Report on the District from 1884
The Specie Paying mine is the chief mine of the district. It is about seven years since its discovery. The descent from the mine to the mill is of excellent grade, where they are now building a wagon-road. The mine has several shafts and inclines. At Cottonwood they have water from artesian wells sufficient for a 5-stamp mill, which is now being built. On the Alice mine the owners have made a deep open cut in the ledge at the north end of the claim and opened up a fine body of sulphuret and chloride ore of good grade, which is said to be rich. The Lelo sends its ore to the Windsor mill for reduction. The Lost Prize, formerly known as the Union West, has changed hands and will be developed. On the News Letter, work is being done on the main shaft, which is about 100 feet deep. A drift will be run northerly on the vein, which is porphyry and quartz. The vein is 3 feet wide at the bottom; the pay streak 1 foot wide. Samples from the latter assay $400. The ore is of the same character of chloride as that found on the Josephine ledge, and contains a considerable quantity of native silver. A discovery has recently been made near the Josephine. While sinking an assessment shaft Mr. Alexander Wolverton is said to have struck a pay streak, some of which will assay $1,500 per ton in silver and 70 per cent. copper. The vein in which this ore occurs is over 3 feet wide, and in sinking 10 feet, ten sacks full of rich ore were taken out (Production of the Precious Metals in the United States p.88).

Report on the District from 1885
The Specie Paying mine is looking well. The incline, which connects with the main tunnel at a depth of 110 feet; is all in ore from the surface down. This alone opens a large amount of stoping ground, to say nothing of the ore-bodies in the tunnel. In fact there is now sufficient ore in sight to keep the mill running for a long time, and it may be said that the development of the mine has hardly commenced. The ore is delivered from the dump to the ore bin by a double self-acting tramway.

The 5 stamps of the mill drop at the rate of 95 revolutions per minute on unassorted ore from the incline, and reduce to pulp from 12 to 14 tons every twenty-four hours. The ore works up to 85 per cent., and gives a good average. In addition to their own mine the company has obtained a nine months’ working bond on the Alice, the north extension of the Specie Paying, which it is developing. Three shafts have been started, one on the north cropping, one on the south= and one near the center of the claim. The latter will be a double compartment and the main working shaft. All of them are sinking on the vein, and will be connected by drifts at different depths. This plan of development will open the mine to the best advantage and insure good ventilation.

An open cut has been run along this streak for a distance of 40 feet, and shows are all the way, some of which is very rich, containing black sulphurets and chloride in malleable form. The whole body of ore uncovered will probably average $60 per ton at the mill (Production of the Precious Metals in the United States p.54-55).

Hamilton, P., & Arizona. (1881). The resources of Arizona: Its mineral, farming, and grazing lands, towns, and mining camps. Prescott, Ariz: Director of the Mint. (1883). Report of the Director of the Mint Upon the Statistics of the Production of the Precious Metals in the United States. Bureau of the Mint

Director of the Mint. (1884). Report of the Director of the Mint Upon the Statistics of the Production of the Precious Metals in the United States. Bureau of the Mint

Director of the Mint. (1885). Report of the Director of the Mint Upon the Statistics of the Production of the Precious Metals in the United States. Bureau of the Mint