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Historic French Corral California Place Gold Mine

Full Permits producing over 600 oz in 2020-2022

Mine Details

Location: California, USA
Commodities: Gold
Available Terms: For Sale, Joint Venture
Price: $400K Joint Venture or $4.5 MIL Turn Key Sale


• 375 Acre Patented Gold Mine
• In historic gold producing area
• Large lake on property
• All permits in place
• Easy Surface Mining
• Chemical Free Gold Recovery
• Can be subdivided after reclamation!
• Total Gold reserve estimated at over 65,000 ounces
• Turn Key mine with major equipment included!

Offering 20% net equity for $400,000 USD
Outright sale of mining lease, equipment and plant for $4.5 Million USD

Location and Access

Just one hour north of Sacramento, the French Corral Mine is located just 20 minutes from Grass Valley, California in Nevada County which is the highest gold producing county in the State. It consists of 375 Patented acres and is fully permitted with plenty of water, easy access, and paved county roads.


The owners of the French Corral mine are offering 20% as a net equity joint venture partnership for a $400,000 USD working capital investment.

Or would consider an outright sale of mine for $4.5 million USD which would include the Plant (see pictures) and the following major equipment:

Komatsu PC1000 excavator
Case 921B loader
John Deere backhoe
Falcon concentrator
Yuba jig
100 cu/yd/hr Trommel, feeders, etc

The 375 acre patented land is available separately and perfect for subdividing into ranches after reclamation.

The historic French Corral mine is a 375 acre patented property was partially hydraulically mined through the late 1800’s until this mining method was banned. Production to that point was estimated at 200,000 ounces (California Division of Mines Bulletin 193). The mine was never finished and worked only sporadically since. A major channel of the Tertiary Yuba River runs the length of the property with the northern half mile (Phase 2 35 acres) being unworked virgin gravels. The channel averages 600 feet wide and up to 150 feet deep. Historically all mines in this area of the channel average .012 ounces per ton of recoverable gold (.008 oz per cu/yd) with the lower levels near bedrock being very rich. Large lake on property provides plenty of water.

The owners satisfied all current California permit requirements and installed a $1.5 million pilot plant. They then began limited Phase 1 production in late 2014 where the hydraulic miners left off. By September of 2015 they had produced over 250 ounces from upper gravels with intermittent plant running time and only one haul truck and excavator. The recovery proved the same as historical averages in the district. Restarting again in 2020, the mine produced 600 ounces more by the end of 2022 with very limited run time and limited staff.

It is estimated the Phase 2 reserves to be in excess of 30,000 ounces, and if the remaining gravels in Phase 1 and other unworked areas of the property are added, the total gold reserves are estimated at over 65,000 ounces depending on recovery methods. Large amounts of fine gold on property. Dore bars average over 93% pure gold

Proceeds from this capital raise will be used to move plant, secure reliable back up rolling stock, add a second recovery jig to the plant, amend the reclamation plan for the permitted Phase 2 area and begin forward stripping. Would be producing gold as soon as plant is moved and re-set up.



Geology: Regional and local geologic structures include
the Big Bend-Wolf Creek Fault Zone.
A major channel of the Tertiary Yuba River entered the area from the northeast. It extends SW for a distance of about four miles in this district. The gravels deposited by this channel are 150 to 250 feet thick and 600 or more feet wide. The gravels have yielded gold throughout, but the quartz-rich lower gravels were the richest. Bedrock is granodiorite with greenstone to the N. Also there are some gold-quartz veins and bodies of mineralized granodiorite and greenstone.

In the French Corral District, basement rocks consist of metavolcanic rocks, quartz diorite, granodiorite, greenstone, and gabbroic rocks of the Jurassic Smartville Complex, with granodiorite and greenstone prevailing. The district lies along the eastern edge of the Western Belt of the Sierra Nevada basement complex. The Big Bend-Wolf Creek fault zone marks the eastern edge of the district and separates the Smartville Complex bedrock from granites and gabbroic rocks of the Central Belt.

The district is one of the westernmost of the Tertiary gravel mining districts in the northern Sierra Nevada. Unlike many of its counterparts farther east, rocks of the Oligocene to Pliocene Valley Springs and Mehrten formations have been completely eroded away and the auriferous gravels are directly exposed resting on bedrock.

Basal Eocene Auriferous Gravels: The French Corral deposits comprise a sinuous band of auriferous gravels preserved in the valley of French Corral Creek. The deposits extend approximately 2.5 miles along the creek from the community of French Corral to Birchville on the north. The deposits are generally narrow and thin by comparison with many other Tertiary gravel mining districts, being generally no wider than 1,500 feet and between 150 and 250 feet thick.

The gravels were deposited by a southwesterly flowing main branch of the ancestral Yuba River. This branch flowed southwestward from the North San Juan District (2-3 miles north), through the French Corral District and continued its southwesterly course to the Smartsville District 10 miles to the southwest.

While the deposits display both a lower coarse gravel unit and a finer upper unit, most of the gravels belong to the lower unit due to extensive erosion and thinning of the upper gravel unit. The basal gravels, or blue lead of the early miners, are the richest. They are generally more cemented than the upper gravels, immature, and composed of darker clasts stripped from the upstream bedrock lithologies including bluish slate, gabbroic rocks, and serpentinite. Accessory minerals include zircon, garnet, magnetite, pyrite, and diamonds. Extremely large boulders were also encountered in the bedrock channel. Descriptions from later operations described these boulders as the size of a pickup truck. Lower gravels averaged $0.70 per cubic yard (@ $35 gold).

The upper gravels are much finer, with clasts seldom larger than pebble size and characterized by an abundance of quartz sand and clay and silt beds. Large-scale cross-bedding and cut-and-fill features are common. Upper gravels carried significantly lower values than the deeper gravels. Upper gravels yielded an average $0.24 per cubic yard (@ $35 gold).



History: The mining camp of French Corral was the first of many to be established in the rich placer deposits flanking San Juan Ridge. The town was named for a mule corral erected by a Frenchman, who was the first settler in the area. The principal period of gold mining was from the middle 1850's to the 1890's; there has been minor work since. Sometime before 1867, a 7¼ carat diamond, the largest known to have come from California, was found here in a sluice box.

French Corral was the first historic mining camp to be established along San Juan Ridge. The camp was named for a mule corral built by the area's first settler in 1849. The principle period of mining occurred from 1850 to the mid-1880s with small-scale placer mining operations and extensive hydraulic mining operations, which were implemented in the mid-1850s. In 1884, the Sawyer Decision curtailed hydraulic mining throughout the northern Sierra Nevada. By that time approximately half of the gravel deposits present had been hydraulically mined. After the hydraulic mines shut down, only small-scale placer mining operations continued.

During its heyday, French Corral became an important mining center, second only to North San Juan in size and importance.

Because of the extensive hydraulic mining operations at French Corral, nearby North Bloomfield, and many other hydraulic mines along San Juan Ridge, the three leading mining companies (North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Co., Milton Mining and Water Co., and Eureka Lake and Yuba Canal Co.) spent over $5 million (period values) constructing an extensive 320-mile system of ditches, flumes, and reservoirs to bring water to the mines from Bowman Lake and other sources in the High Sierra. In order to manage the water deliveries, in 1878 the Edison Company built the world's first long distance telephone line at a cost of $6,000. French Corral was the end of the line, which ran 60 miles through the other important mining areas of Birchville, North San Juan, Cherokee, North Columbia, Lake City, North Bloomfield, Moore's Flat, Graniteville, and Milton to Bowman Lake.

Minor work was conducted on the deposits between the 1960s and 1980s. In the early 1960s, several small lessors were known to have been conducing some operations. Generally these were small-scale open-pit operations involving a bulldozer, dragline, washing plant, trommel, and sluices.

From the 1970s through mid 1980s, the Pantle Mining Company mined approximately 50 acres of the deposits under contract for the landowner. Little is known of these open-pit operations.

In 1989, the same ground worked earlier by the Pantle Mining Company was reworked by the French Corral Corp. The company operated a 6-inch vibrating grizzly, rotating scrubber, vibrating screen and shaker table to process the gravels. Recovered gold consisted of small, flattened gold nuggets from 0.5 to 1.0 mm in diameter.

Little remains of French Corral today. The Wells Fargo building, considered one of the premier gold-rush era structures still stands. The site of the Milton Mining and Water Company office in which the long distance telephone was installed is marked by a plaque.

French Corral was the terminus of one of the first long-distance telephone lines in the United States. Installed by the Edison Company about 1878, it connected Birchville, North San Juan and North Bloomfield
to Bowman or French Lake, in the high Sierra Nevada some 58 miles east. It was used primarily to send messages about the delivery of water to the hydraulic mines, but it also was used by Western Union to send other messages.


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