Gold and Mineral Mines of Montana

Historic Desperado

20 Acre Placer Claim – Moose Lake District – Granite County, Montana

The Historic Desperado Placer Mining Claim for sale, a 20 Acre Unpatented Placer Mining Claim. The claim is located just outside of Philipsburg, Montana and has been properly marked. All claims have been carefully surveyed, mapped and researched. MT 105226402

 

This is a remote Montana gold mine. Cooper Creek runs through the middle of the claim, provides plenty of year round water for all your mining needs. During surveying gold was easily found in the material by panning. The valley bottom is old river bed material. The higher benches also hold old river bed material. The claim boasts good access and does get visitors driving through on the road. The claim was originally surveyed and sampled for rich, free gold deposits in the gravels. There are plenty of areas to camp near this claim.

 

The creek bed is over 600 feet on this claim and there is water year round. It is likely there is some native silver, sapphires, and possibly some relics to be found on the claim but the primary commodity will be gold. Cooper Creek is known for it's gold and there are multiple lode mines along the high benches of the creek and in the area that have been feeding good gold into the creek for hundreds of years. This is not a claim to pass up!

 

It is likely there has been some work done after 1900 based on the remnants and items seen in the area. It is estimated by the surveyors that the claim has been worked intermittently in the early 1900's. No effort to mine for many decades is evident. The gold that you will find on this claim has been washing down from the mines, hills and gulches above and depositing and replenishing the gold on this claim. There is plenty of room to setup your sluice or highbanker and shovel material right next to it or bring it from the wide valley floor that is the old river bed. The valley floor is more than a hundred feet wide so there is plenty of opportunity here!

 

There is direct road access to this claim and room for staging, parking and other operations. This is an unpatented mining claim for sale. Mineral rights only for recreational mining. The land is public land. This is not a homestead or land for sale.

 

The best gold is on bedrock. Cooper Creek is one of the creeks in the district that was mined by hand in the late 1800's. There is still good gold in the creek, benches and on bedrock on this claim. Huge amount of info not listed, so if your interested in a gold placer mine feel free to give me a call or text at 406 219 1497. Ken

 

The Bureau of Mines has estimated that demonstrated U.S. reserves of gold are 85 million ounces. Approximately one-half of the total resources are estimated to be by-product gold, while 40% of the remaining one-half (56 million ounces) could be mined for gold alone ... Most U.S. gold resources are in the nation's western states. About 80% of the U.S. gold resources are estimated to be in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana and Washington. (Earthsearch, Inc. 1983)

Overview of the Mines
The Desperado Mine is in an area with rich gold mining history. Estimates of total production for the district by 1911 were between $2 and 8 million. But as with all old mines and mining districts in the Western U.S., the old timers NEVER got it all! Why? There are many reasons for this and here is a short list of some of them.
1) In the mining camps 'News' of other 'Strikes' was always coming in and miners seemed to be eager to pick up and leave what they had for the new places. It didn't seem to matter that the new place may not be as good or that by the time they heard of it there wasn't any open ground left for them to stake a claim. The grass is always greener was their belief.
2) Some new strikes were better because they had more gold or more water or easier access - remember back then there were no roads to these places.
3) Some new places were safer. Between Outlaws and hostile Indians there was always something to fear.
4) When the USA entered the second world war congress closed all non-essential mines in the country. Unless a mine could switch to mining other metals for the war or if it was already mining metals and minerals needed for the war effort the mines were forced to close. Very few mines were allowed to stay open and operational. Those mines that closed stayed closed after the war for a few reasons - a lot of the mine owners died in the war and never came back, economic conditions after the war were not good enough to reopen the mines and the owners held the claims hoping the economy would change for the better but most of these owners died before the economy made it economically viable to reopen the mines, many mines were forgotten and 'lost'.

So why hasn't anyone claimed these mines now? Mainly the population wrongly believes there is 'no gold left'! If they only knew the truth the west would be flooded with people. Seriously, there is gold almost everywhere in the west and in places where there has been no history of production and places the old timers never found! The ground the old timers mined still holds gold for many reasons. First, the methods they used were not the best. Second, they were in a hurry to get rich and they looked mostly for the easy gold and threw out the material that held a lot of small gold. Third, they didn't have the ability to process some ores to get the gold. There are books written by people who had first hand accounts of the gold rushes, especially from the Klondike Gold Rush, and they talk about the miners only being interested in the big nuggets of gold and not 'wasting' their time on the small stuff. The women came behind them and picked small gold nuggets out of the 'waste' piles!! Even then, that still left a lot of fine gold. Technology and knowledge is on your side now days. We know more and have equipment that will trap the big stuff but also the tiniest pieces even down to minus 400 mesh and smaller. Yes, -400 mesh is so small a single piece of gold that size won't look like gold. But a hundred of them together will!

Also think about the current state of the country and all that is going on, this could be your last chance to own a gold mine - your own bank. We sell a lot of mining claims and everyone tells us how happy they are with them. People first want the gold for the value but once they get out to their own claim they love the freedom they have to work and enjoy the great outdoors. Don't wait, get your own gold mine before it's too late. The Desperado mine is located in the southwest quarter of section 19. Desperado claim is about 5900 feet in altitude.

While it is sometimes said old mines have been 'worked out' as the saying means there is no gold left, the truth is "it is better to say they are worked over; it is also true that the primitive methods used and the wasteful haste to get rich indulged in, left much of the gold in the ground, so that improved methods ... will give even better results than those first obtained." (MBMG Open Report p. 466)

Montana is ranked 7th by the USGS for total gold production in the US and has 31 mining districts. Gold production for the 1800's to 1968 is 17.8 million ounces and large amounts of gold have been mined from 1968 to present. Geologists have predicted that based on the past and the geology of Montana that several large gold and silver deposits will be found and developed in the future.

Details about the Mine:
Access to the MineYou can drive a full size truck or RV to the mine.
Tailing PresentSome. Loose gravels in the creek bed of small pebbles to larger boulders. Boulders are great places for the gold to hide. Benches on both sides of the creek are virgin ground.
Depth / LengthOver 600 feet of creek bed gravels. 1320 feet side to side with gold bearing benches.
Minerals in the MineHistorically mined for gold. Minerals of Sapphire, quartz, pyrite, galena, silver, black sands with rare earth minerals would be expected.
Foot traffic at the mineSome
Last WorkedUnknown
Number of Mines1 Placer
Nearest city with amenitiesPhilipsburg, approximately 16 miles
Access to the ClaimA very good dirt road breaks off from the Interstate and runs all the way onto the claim.
Parking and Staging on the ClaimClaim is situated so it allows for parking of vehicles if desired.
ResourcesYear round water, grasses, sage and trees
Structures on claimNone
ElevationAprox. 5600 feet

USGS Information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation TypePlacer
Development StatusPast Producer
Commodity typeMetallic
Commodities
  • Gold- Primary
  • Silver - Secondary
  • Copper - Secondary
  • Zinc - Secondary
Nearby Scientific Data
  • Alluvium
References USGS Database - 10197125, 10173368, 10019505, 10124195, 60000354

Mining District Information

Moose Creek District

Quartzite, limestone, and argillite, mainly of the Missoula Group and Helena Formation of the Belt Supergroup (Middle Proterozoic), are cut by numerous faults and are intruded by Cretaceous and (or) Tertiary igneous rocks consisting mostly of granodiorite, and monzogranite in this area, located in the northwest part of the map area. Mineral deposits consist of quartz fissure veins in granodiorite and in Belt quartzite. At the Senate mine, chalcopyrite, pyrite, and galena occur in quartz veins and sparsely disseminated in the wall rocks
Moose Lake District doesn't seem to have much written history but there were several fairly large hard rock mines producing Gold, Silver, Copper along this creek and upstream from the claim. The gold found on the claim would have most likely come from these lode mines when the gold ore erroded over the many years.
The original placers were found in benches above Cooper Creek. Materials ranged from small boulders to clay and sand, all of which were derived from andesite and sediments to the west.

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