Gold and Mineral Mines of Montana

Historic Lowland Gold #2

15 Acre Placer Claim – Lowland District – Jefferson County, Montana

Lowland Gold #2 15 Acre Unpatented Placer Gold Mining ClaimThe Historic Lowland Gold #2 Placer Mining Claim for sale, a 15 Acre Unpatented Placer Mining Claim. The claim is located just outside of Basin, Montana and has been properly marked. All claims have been carefully surveyed, mapped and researched. MMC #240270

 

This is a remote Montana gold mine. The Lowland Creek, which 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 are also old river bed material. There are numerous old lode mines on the sides of the valley that were very rich gold producing monsters. Gold from those mines and other veins along the valley made Lowland Creek a very gold rich creek. Most of Lowland Creek is patented (private) land now and the little that isn't is all claimed in the gold producing areas. Gold And Mineral Mines of Montana LLC is lucky enough to have several claims on this historic creek. The claim boasts excellent 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.

 

The various districts in the county, now seemingly dormant, cannot be regarded as worked out or abandoned but only awaiting renewed interest. (H.G McClernan 1976)

 

The creek bed is over 600 feet on this claim and there is water year round. It is likely there is some native silver, garnets, and possibly some relics to be found on the claim but the primary commodity will be gold.

 

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. The higher benches also hold gold and are old river bed material. So don't forget about all that virgin ground on the benches.

 

There is direct road access to this claim and room for staging, parking and other operations.

 

The best gold is on bedrock. Lowland 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 road leading to this placer is a very well maintained dirt road. There is an area to camp as seen in the photos. The road is on the west bench which sits above the creek and valley floor. This upper bench is old river bed so it has good gold in it as well as the valley floor. The creek is an easy walk down from the road. The valley floor is pretty well covered with willows so you will need to work your way through them but that also means areas to work are more secluded. The Lowland Gold #2 mine is located in the southeast quarter of section 35. It is the closest claim available to Basin on Lowland Creek. Lowland Gold #2 claim is about 6300 feet in altitude.
Gold was first found in 1884 here. There was never a town along the creek but where the road meets I-15 is a very small settlement and the railroad went through there back in the day. Most of the lode ore was shipped to Butte for processing and the placer gold was taken out by the miners to whereever they travelled. There are a few older log buildings still in use today at the junction of Lowland Creek and Kit Carson Creek but other than that there aren't many old structures. However there are a few large lode mines on the eastern side of the creek and the dumps are pretty good size showing they did a lot of work to bring out the gold. The lower part of the creek was dry land dredged for about 4 years and they pulled out over a quarter of a million dollars in gold in 1930's dollars.

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, 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 and old river bed material.
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 garnet, epidote, quartz, pyrite, galena, silver, black sands with rare earth minerals would be expected.
Foot traffic at the mine Some
Last Worked Unknown but probably at least 50 years ago or longer.
Number of Mines 1 Placer
Nearest city with amenities Basin, approximately 14.5 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 if desired.
Resources Year round water, grasses, sage and trees
Structures on claim None
Elevation Aprox. 6300 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
  • Silver - Primary
Nearby Scientific Data
  • Cretaceous volcanic rocks
  • Unconsolidated Alluvium
References USGS Database - 10019678, 10173110

Mining District Information

Lowland District

While it is likely that the Lowland mining district was discovered by placer miners, little information is available regarding the origins of the district. In the 1870s the area was known as the Ruby district. The Ruby and Kit Carson mines, located along Lowland Creek, appear to be the source of the placer gold.
The district is just west of the small community of Bernice on Interstate 15 between Butte and Helena and is within the Boulder batholith. The bedrock of the district is predominantly dacite and rhyolite of Tertiary age. Tuffs, welded tuffs, breccias, and flows date from the volcanic activity during the Tertiary.
In 1938 more than 1,900 fine ounces of gold... continued to operate until 1941 working gravels with 18 to 25 cents per cubic yard. Total gold recovered was valued at $296,590 (Lyden 1948; WPA 1941).
Prospectors were active in placer mining in the 1870's, but it wasn't until 1884 that Mr. Graff (first name unknown) located the Ruby mine, believed to be one of the sources of the placer gold. However the monetary returns from themine were dismal, as the ore was of poor grade and the cost of getting it to the smelter was high. As a result, little or no development occurred.
Between 1908 and 1920 The mines produced 10,796 oz of gold, 176,292 oz. of silver and an unknown amount of copper. The 'Dirty Thirties' saw a renewed interest in panning for gold... There is a lot of gold to be found in this area, but only because the bedrock is closer to the surface than in most areas.

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