Two 20 acre gold claims for sale

Hodge Gold Mine

Mine Details

Commodity: Gold
Location: California, USA
Terms: For Sale
Price: $120,000

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This Hodge workings are some of the oldest and largest in southern California. The mines are noted for their native gold in wide, rich veins. The Hodge has also historically been known as the Roosevelt, Hodges, Sante Fe and/or Rainbow. The property is a collection of mines that have been compiled under the umbrella of Hodge. The Granddaddy, and many others are noted in historic reports and are all contained now on the Hodge group of claims.
A series of targeted adits shoot up the entire canyon. The original workings appear to be very old and the mines were accessed via foot and burros. The mines have never been operated with rails, ore cars or other modern means. The burro trails are still navigable and in good repair. It is possible that a gravity tram system may have been used in the later years of the mine, allowing for production from the furthermost mines on the claim. The mine likely began production in the mid 1700s and was worked by Spanish miners and forced labor. This assertion based on the claim workings, tunnel cuts, access to the mines and the methods used to open up the upper workings. The upper shafts were not cut with steel and drills, but by old fire/breaking methods, attacking the vein and weakest point of the rock and digging out ore from that point. Very little waste, all high grade workings.
You can drive a full size truck to the main mine camp on the claim. Most of the actual workings on the claim will require a hike. The mines have never been commercially worked, only high graded. As a result, the mines are connected by a series of donkey trails and foot paths. The The claim is located approximately 21 miles out of Blythe, California, which has all of the needed amenities.
An old 7 stamp mill used to stand near the base of the canyon, and in 1945 it was reportedly so old that wooden dowels were used as connecting rods and the machine was driven by steam. The old stamp has long since vanished, all that is left is the walls of an intricate stone house. Near the stone house, at the base of the claim, there are plenty of large open spaces that you can fit as much equipment and vehicles that you may need. Near the base of the canyon and near the mine workings the space for parking becomes more limited.


Located 21 miles outside of Blythe, California. The base of the canyon is accessible by a 2WD vehicle. Access to the mine entrances is currently limited to foot or motorcycle only. The trails are old, but easy to navigate. Location is excellent and well known for its mineral production.


Overview of the Mines
The mines are located approximately 20 miles from Blythe, California. You will travel for about 5 miles, on easy wash/dirt roads and be able to park on the claim site. Mines are extremely old and have only been worked with burros and possible tram lines. No track, or ore cars, all work was done by hand. The only way to access the mines is by foot. Follow the old paths around the claims from mine to mine to mine. The mines were gated around 1991 according to surveyors observations. This means that no one has been into these workings for more than 25 years. The gates can be opened and accessed by a validated claim owner.


“This area, in the west-central Mule Mountains, is classified MRZ-3a for gold and silver. The zone contains a series of mineralized shear zones in metadiorite and gneiss, which contain quartz veins reported to be up to eight feet wide. The shear zones and veins generally trend from N75°E to E-W, although a few have a northwesterly trend. An unquantified amount of ore ranging from 0.23 to 2.8 ounce per ton gold was produced from two parallel quartz veins about 600 feet apart. The north vein was known as the Rainbow and the south vein as the Roosevelt. These two veins varied in thickness from two to eight feet and were mined to a maximum depth of 135 feet. The Roosevelt vein was being worked during the site visit for this report in 1988.


The Mule Mountains district, which has also been known as the Hodges Mountain district, is in southeastern Riverside County about 20 miles southwest of Blythe. Some gold and copper were recovered here years ago from several mines and prospects, the most productive of which were the Roosevelt and Rainbow group of mines. Native gold, pyrite and chalcopyrite occur in quartz veins in granitic rock