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Historic Babe Ruth Gold

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Commodity: Copper, Gold, Quartz, Silver, Zinc
Location: Nevada, USA
Terms: For Sale, Lease Purchase Option
Price: $8,500

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Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Babe Ruth Mineral Claim. This is a 20 acre lode mining claim for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The Mining claim is located just outside of Pioche, Nevada and has been properly staked and marked at all corners. All Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. Mineral claims have been meticulously surveyed, mapped and researched. Field work is completed by our own experienced, well-versed Mine Survey Team.


Pioche District – Lincoln County, Nevada
Easily accessible, Collared
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The Babe Ruth Gold mine is located in the world renowned Pioche Mining District. Located just 25 miles north of the historic mining town of Pioche, Nevada. The Mining claim sits north of Roe Peak on the Bristol Range. The area is well known for massive silver and gold mine production. These mines were actually once a part of the massive Bristol Silver Mines corporation portfolio. The mines are all accessible and open. The mines are cut in hard rock and show good concentrations of pyrite and gold in the quartz bodies. There is also substantial silver that could be recovered if it can be processed. The mine was assessed for its potential in gold values and not for silver.

The dirt road to the mining claim is in relatively good condition. It could likely be traversed by a 2WD with decent clearance and a careful driver. 4WD is highly recommended. There is good parking and staging on the claim and it is easily possible to park 5-6 vehicles. Surveyors report heavy vegetation cover around the region which somewhat obscure the workings from the valley. There is a good sized waste dump that is visible once on the trail up the canyon.

The waste dump makes up over 700 cubic yards of rock and ore. There is a also a small miners cabin or possible storage shed on the claim. Many, many pieces of buildings, tools and other old miners trash spread across the site.
There is no fresh water or power on the site, but in the spring there may be some seasonal creeks where water can be collected. There was no cell reception in the area.


The ores were chiefly silver chloride ores, accompanied by lead as carbonate (cerusite) and in much smaller amount as sulphide (galena). They carried in addition considerable gold. Much of the ore ran well over $100 a ton, and smaller lots very much higher. One 20-ton shipment of " free" ore sent out by the Meadow Valley Co. in 1870 gave $500 a ton and had over 75 per cent of the silver as chloride.[2]

The filling of the veins in quartzite consists chiefly of angular fragments of quartzite, and the metalliferous minerals occupy the interspaces between the fragments. In the upper levels the ore is porous owing to leaching, probably in the main the result of the removal of sphalerite and pyrite; it contains lead carbonate, silver chloride, and other oxidation products in minor quantity. Galena appears in less thoroughly oxidized ore, and black sphalerite occurs in ore below water level.[2]

The Pioche District falls within the Southern Nevada subprovince of the Utah-Nevada Precambrian province. The province consists of Late Precambrian Pahrump unmetamorphosed sediments which unconformably overlie plutonic-metamorphic complexes of the Churchill or Wyoming provinces. Masson and Smith suggest that the northerly to northwest Precambrian structural trends do not influence mineralization in southeastern Nevada. It is notable, however, that both the Blind Mountain. and Manhattan stocks, as well as the overall magnetic grain, have a northwest orientation. Also, the east-west mineralizing trend is probably related to a fundamental crustal break, as evidenced by east-west trending magnetic and gravity anomalies further east through Utah, that may or may not be related to Precambrian structure.

As a portion of the Cordilleran Geosyncline, the area received shallow water marine sediments, mostly massive carbonates, throughout the Paleozoic Era and into Triassic time. During the Late Triassic and Jurassic periods, the region was elevated above sea level and was probably subject to minor erosion. This portion of eastern Nevada lay on the extreme western flank of the Rocky Mountain Geosyncline during Cretaceous time and probably received continental to very shallow-water sediments from the Manhattan positive area to the west. Tertiary deposits consist of a thick sequence of acid-to-inter­mediate ignimbrites that are apparently related to an extrusive center in east-central Nevada, near the geographic center of the Great Basin. Quartz monzonite stocks, dikes and sills intruded the sedimentary sequence during Laramide or mid-Tertiary orogenies.[1]


The Babe Ruth Mine was previously a part of the Bristol-Jackrabbit claims. These claims were part of the old Bristol City ghost town. The mines were active as recently as 1982 being worked for native gold deposits within the less desirable silver and galena. The miners were originally worked for the silver and lead but as transportation options changed it actually became cheaper to treat the silver ore in the Utah Bauer plant. This was the death knell for the mines as the mills closed and the cost soon became prohibitive the ores to Utah. The mines were known for their silver but they also produced a good amount of gold. Anywhere from .5 to .8 ounces per ton on average. Here's a description of the old town found from a 1969 document.

Mining claims were first located in the Bristol Wells area in 1870; the district was organized a year later; and the town of National City was built around the National mine. In 1872 a furnace was erected to treat silver-lead ores hauled from the Bristol Mine, 4 miles east of National City. New and richer deposits found in 1878 caused an increase in activity. A 12-stamp mill was installed. More people were attracted to the area, and the name of the town was changed to Bristol City.

A 5-stamp mill with smelter was built in 1880. The business district with post office and newspaper, the Bristol Times, served about 700 people in the outlying area. Ovens of shale and sandstone converted the pine logs into charcoal for the smelter. Water was obtained from wells at Bristol and was hauled a distance of from 3 to 5 miles to the mines. Bristol became the trading point for hundreds of nearby mines.

About 1890, when a new smelter began treating copper ores, Bristol Wells had a population of about 400. When the second burst of mining activity ended about 1893, Bristol Wells became inactive. About 1900 a small leaching plant was installed to recover copper from the Bristol Mine's ores. The mill operated only two years. After construction of the Salt Lake Railroad through Lincoln County, local milling was not resumed.

In 1911 operations at Bristol and at Jackrabbit, 2 miles northeast, were combined and after 1914 an aerial tramway linked the 2 points. Bristol's ores were then sent on the tram, loaded on railroad cars, and sent to Salt Lake City smelters via Pioche.

The mines were intermittently active until about 1918, when some were consolidated and then sold a number of times. In 1922, the camp was renamed Tempest after the Tempest mine, and in 1929 it was renamed again, this time after the Bristol Silver mines. The post office was discontinued in 1950.

The mines have been worked intermittently from 1960-1992, with a notable increase in operations in the early 1980s. Gold was able to be separated from silver relatively easy as the gold was native and broke apart easily.[1]


The third mine on the claim is a short shaft working that has a well-constructed collar and ladder that take you down into the belly of the mine. Portions of the walls and sections of the ladder are covered in a mossy growth that has spawned in the damp conditions of the mine. Most of the mine is cut from the solid bedrock. There are some patches are made of a conglomerate of rock and sand that were compacted back in the days before man was around. We found samples of the mine walls that contain great pocket deposits of gold ores but not much silver. The gold is free-milling and will be easy to process with modern day tools. We found a large section of the primary lode the bottom of this mine and with a good drill the ores can be removed and the mine cut deeper into the mountain side. This mine is easy to access and offers another great starting point for operations on the claim.

Federally Registered Mining Claim ID: NMC1136604