Gold and Mineral Mines of Montana

Historic Kitty Rockwell

20 Acre Placer Claim – Park District – Broadwater County, Montana

The Historic Kitty Rockwell Placer Mining Claim for sale, a 20 Acre Unpatented Placer Mining Claim on federal land managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The claim is located just outside of Helena, Montana in the Park Mining District in Broadwater County, MT and has been properly marked. All claims have been carefully surveyed, mapped and researched. MMC #242138

 

This is a remote Montana gold mine. Crow 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. Crow 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. 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. Crow 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 Kitty Rockwell 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 in 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! It's almost impossible to pan -400 mesh gold out without first screening the material down so there isn't anything larger than -100 mesh. -400 mesh gold is still gold, so don't discount it. Anyone can pan nuggets and flakes. That isn't hard to do. But fine gold is harder and takes more time. The old timers were very impaitient so they refused to spend their time trying a task that back then was nearly impossible. And why should they when they had all the easy big gold?

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. Now we are having inflation unlike this country has ever seen before and those in power are intentionally making this happen. You dollar today is worthless but it still buys things. Soon if inflation is not stopped a dollar won't buy anything. History shows this happens with the kind of people in power that we now have. History also shows that gold has always had value. So owning physical gold is important. Paper gold that is traded is worthless. When the collapse comes all that paper gold will vanish. That is an intentional way yo impoverish those people who have 'invested' in it. For that matter stocks are just as worthless because you don't actually own anything of vlaue. When the company goes broke what is left? That stock won't buy a cup of weak coffee! But owning physical gold will be worth something and will allow those who have it to continue to buy and sell when the rest of the population has no money. Look back at Germany at the end of WWI a million deutch marks couldn't buy a loaf of bread. Owning a mining claim now is your bank and having the ability to find your own gold is not only a great experience but can help you prevent a disaster in the near future.
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 Kitty Rockwell mine is located in the northeast quarter of section 36. Kitty Rockwell claim is about 5500 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 466)

Details about the Mine:
Access to the Mine You can drive a full size truck or RV to the mine.
Tailing Present Some. 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 / Length Over 600 feet of creek bed gravels. 1320 feet side to side with gold bearing benches.
Minerals in the Mine Historically mined for gold. Minerals of sapphire, quartz, pyrite, galena, silver, black sands with rare earth minerals would be expected.
Foot traffic at the mine Some
Last Worked Unknown
Number of Mines 1 Placer
Nearest city with amenities Helena, approximately 16 miles
Access to the Claim A very good dirt road breaks off from the Interstate and runs all the way onto the claim.
Parking and Staging on the Claim Claim is situated so it allows for parking of vehicles if desired.
Resources Year round water, grasses, sage and trees
Structures on claim None
Elevation Aprox. 5600 feet

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.

USGS Information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation TypePlacer
Development StatusPast Producer
Commodity typeMetallic
Commodities
  • Gold- Primary
Nearby Scientific Data
  • Cretaceous volcanic rocks
References USGS Database - 10220474, 10269481, 10172881, 10196776

Mining District Information

Crow Creek aka Park aka Hassel District

The Park District has been known under a few different names - Crow Creek and Hassel. Some online references use Crow Creek and others use Park. The Certificates of Location list Park Mining District but either of the other names would be legal also.
The Crow Creek mining district is located ten miles west of Townsend on the Northern Pacific Railway. The district first began to be worked in 1866 when good placer grounds were discovered in Crow Creek. By 1871 it is estimated that $50,000 had been taken from the gravels. Some bars yielded as much as $50 per man per day; the 100 men working the creek averaged $7 per man per day. The work was seasonal for as long as the water lasted. A dam was constructed in the 1870s to control the flow of water and to extend the placer season (Stone 1911; McCormick 1990).
The original placers were found in benches above Crow Creek. Materials ranged from small boulders to clay and sand, all of which were derived from andesite and sediments to the west. The lower Crow Creek placers worked in the 1940s were found in a false bedrock that was one to six feet in thickness and overlain by eight to ten feet of barren gravel (Lyden 1948).
The town of Saint Louis, which was later renamed Hassel, was established in 1875 and, for a time, 35 to 40 miners resided there. The Hassel mining district consists of a cluster of claims at or near the site of the historic mining camp of Hassel. Sometimes referred to in the mining literature as "the mines near Hassel" and other times as "the Hassel mining district," the area experienced several periods of mining activity. Groupings of mines within the area reflect these periods of activity. The oldest group consists of placer claims which follow the bed of Crow Creek and were located in the 1860s. The Little Giant and W. A. Clark claims, located on Giant Hill in the northeast quarter of Section 2, were discovered in the late 1860s and later worked in the 1870s and 1880s. Two other groups of claims -- the Diamond Hill group in Section 36 and the Blacksmith group in Section 1 just west of the the townsite of Hassel -- were located as early as the 1860s and 1870s, but the Diamond Hill is primarily associated with the 1890s developments centering on the construction of a 120 stamp mill. In 1890 the Crow Creek district listed the Cyclone group -- Patsywa-tomie, Mineral Hill and Silverware -- as active. The Park district listed the Clipper, the Gold Dust, Switzerland, Uncle Ed, Silver Bell, Jaw Bone and Hard Cash as active. At that time the Dumphy 20-stamp mill, the Smith 20-stamp mill and the Emanuel 5-stamp mill were actively reducing the ore (McCormick 1990; Ferguson 1906; Swallow 1891).
As with most mining districts, the Park / Hassel / Crow Creek mining district on the east side of the Elkhorn Mountains has been discussed both in combination with other districts or separately with several different boundaries.
According to Stone (1911) the Park mines are located in Sections 15, 24 & 26 T7N, R1W, about five miles northeast of Hassel on Crow Creek. The Hassel mines, which he views as a separate entity, are described as "located 6 miles west of Townsend, on the Northern Pacific Railway, on Crow Creek in the northeast corner of T. 6N. R. 1 W".
Corry (1933) makes no distinction between the Winston, Radersburg and Townsend districts, and discusses the common geological and historical development of the greater district. Pardee and Schrader (1933) define the district as an area on the east side of the Elkhorn Mountains between the Winston and Radersburg Districts. It is drained by Crow Creek and branches of Crow Creek and is reached by a road that goes west from Townsend. Reed includes the upper part of Crow Creek and Eagle Creek which covers the main lode claims (Figure 1).
Small eddy basins on either side of the rockyprojections into the stream bed should carry placer gold and are worth careful prospecting ( Corry 1933).
Production from Park (Crow Creek District) from 1908 to 1957 more than 20,130 oz. of gold (Schell 1963). At gold price of $1700/oz. that works out to $34,221,000 today.

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