20 Acre Lode Claim For Sale or Option

Historic Queen of the Hills

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Commodity: Gold, Lead, Silver, Zinc
Location: Montana, USA
Terms: For Sale, Lease Purchase Option
Price: $2,500

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

Quartz Hill District – Beaverhead County, Montana
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The Queen of the Hills is a "Starter Claim". A starter claim is a mining claim that has been assessed and surveyed to have good mineral value above ground. A starter mine is a good jumping off point for the prospector who is still learning about mining, identifying minerals and working underground. These claims provide an excellent learning center and also provide the ability to extract valuable minerals and earn from them. A starter mine will likely never turn into a commercial producer. It will not boast reserves or substantial historic structures. A starter mine will provide the owner a solid, Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. backed mining claim, but the claim may not have a solid history, or full exploration of the workings. It may require a short hike to access.

The Queen of the Hills mine was surveyed in 1994 and documented as having 1500' of underground workings and 6 caved portals. Today, there are no accessible portals. You will have to dig to get back into the mines. It is a worthwhile endeavor. That same 1994 report noted that the ores shipped at over 1 oz Gold, 4.3 oz silver and 10 lbs of copper per ton. That is a huge value by any standard.

The drive up to the Queen of the Hills Claim through Canyon Creek and through Vipond Park, and the short drive up Queens Gulch offer gorgeous views of pristine forest. The mine is located on the southeast flank of Sheep Mountain in the Queens Gulch drainage . The road up to the claim was very accessible.

The claim itself is located on a gently sloping hillside that is covered with grasses and evergreens. The tailings pile is sparsely vegetated with grasses. There is the equivalent of a small spring on the claim that is coming from a lower culverted adit that is collapsed just past the end of the culvert. The discharge flows into a depression behind the adit’s tailings and infiltrates the ground. At the base of the dump, the water re-emerges as a seep and runs down the hillside a short distance before sinking into the ground again. Adit and tailings are about 600’ from Queens Gulch Creek. Near the base of one of the upper tailings piles is a collapsed ore chute. Near the northeast end of the trench is a small powder room or cellar. Aside from the main features described on the claim, there is evidence of disturbed land which hints at the extensive nature of the previous mining here.

There are no structures near the adit, however, there are two cabins nearby that are in poor condition (and off the claim site). There are various bits of steel cable, metal drums, large nuts and bolts and various other remnants of machinery and tools throughout the claim area. A 10-stamp Queen of the Hills mill was built in 1901 in the valley below the Queen of the Hills mine. Mineralogy of vein fragments on the Queen of the Hills tailings indicates that only oxidized ore was processed here. The remnants of the mill and four cabins are present downstream of the mine. The structures are in bad condition, having partially or completely collapsed. No buildings remain on the site, though there is enough timber/lumber remaining on the claim that suggests there might have been some buildings here at one time. The Claim has several potential staging areas that were used in the past and could be used again.

The Queen of the Hills Mine is located in the Quartz Hill (Vipond) Mining District. Paleozoic strata that underlie this district, in the center of the northern part of the map area, have been folded about northwest trending axes and broken by northwest and north-northeast to northeast-trending faults. Ore deposits are veins and replacement bodies mainly in the Cambrian Hasmark Formation. The veins trend north-northeast and northeast. Production from the district between 1867 and 1962 has totaled an estimated $2 million, of which the bulk has come from silver-rich replacement deposits in the Lone Pine mine. Deposits there were localized by fractures in the Hasmark Formation and near a fold crest beneath the less permeable Red Lion Formation (Cambrian). The Cannivan stock, a multi-phase Late Cretaceous-Early Tertiary intrusion ranging from granodiorite to quartz monzonite, forms skarn at its contact with Paleozoic carbonates and hosts the Cannivan Gulch stockwork molybdenum deposit discovered in 1968 (Hammitt and Schmidt, 1982).

From the Engineering and Mining Journal dated 1902,

This property in Vipond District has made a successful trial run in the 10-stamp mill recently erected. The first bar of bullion has gone to the United States Assay Office at Helena. The property is owned by J. F. Robden and Virgil Jennings and is opened by a shaft 210 ft deep with 300 ft of levels at the 100. Eighteen miners are employed. A car of iron concentrates, the first made, was shipped to the smelter at East Helena.

Host/wall rock:

The host rock is mapped as gneiss, and gneissic rocks were observed in and around the tailings, but the massive amounts of quartz veining suggests the mine might have penetrated into the granodiorite that intruded nearby the claim area.

Mineral Deposits:

Minerals observed in the rocks and tailings are typical of vein and replacement mineralization. The mineral assemblage of quartz veins with limonite and galena group minerals suggest the mine was indeed a lead-silver-gold-zinc producer. Workings investigate a quartz-iron oxide vein near the contact of granite and phyllite of the Belt Supergroup. Both host rocks contain abundant sericite alteration products. Winchell (1914) reported native silver, argentite (aka acanthite), cerussite, galena, pyrite and chalcopyrite. The vein strikes N42E and dips 87NW (Geach, 1972) and is 4-10’ wide. Winters et al (1994) observed six caved shafts and 1,500’ of underground workings. Production records from 1914 show 10 oz Au, 39 oz Ag, and 88 lbs of Cu from 9 tons of ore.

Federally Registered Mining Claim ID: MMC233111