Gold and Mineral Mines of Montana

Historic Orphan Girl

20 Acre Placer Claim – Red Lion District – Granite County, Montana

Orphan Girl 20 Acre Unpatented Placer Gold Mining ClaimThe Historic Orphan Girl Placer Mining Claim for sale, a 20 Acre Unpatented Placer Mining Claim. The claim is located just outside of Georgetown, Montana and has been properly marked. All claims have been carefully surveyed, mapped and researched. MMC #241851


This is a remote Montana gold mine. Flint 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 are also old river bed material. 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. There are plenty of areas to camp near this claim. This is a unique claim that is in a valley of old river bed. The upper benches are older river bed and hold good gold. Spring runoff will change the way the river looks a little each year and as you walk along the creek on this claim you will find where the water has run in the past.


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. Flint Creek is known for it's gold and there are multiple lode mines along the high benches of the creek 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. Flint 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 Orphan Girl Mine is in an area with rich gold mining history. 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!! Ene 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 Orphan Girl mine is located in the northeast quarter of section 33. Orphan Girl claim is about 6600 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, RV to the mine.
Tailing Present None. 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 but probably at least 50 years ago or longer.
Number of Mines 1 Placer
Nearest city with amenities Georgetown, approximately 4 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. 6600 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
  • Gold- Primary
  • Silver - Primary
Nearby Scientific Data
  • Cretaceous volcanic rocks
  • Boulder batholith and broadly related stocks
References USGS Database - 10400187

Mining District Information

Red Lion District

The Red Lion district is about 13 miles east of Helena on the east side of the Continental Divide at the terminal point of a branch of the Northern Pacific Railroad. It is on Flint Creek with Red Mountain on the east and Lee Mountain on the west. It is probably the oldest lead-zinc camp in Montana; Mineral survey numbers 3, 4, and 5 were located on Red Mountain and survey 13 was located on Lee Mountain.
The dominant rock in the district is quartz monzonite, which at Red Mountain on the southeast and at and near Lee and Luttrell Mountains on the south is capped by flows of the late Tertiary rhyolite. The ore deposits include lodes of both older and younger groups. The most productive are the older deposits. They occur in about 60 veins about 200 ft apart. The ore bodies are auriferous silver-lead deposits, the chief ore being galena, accompanied by sphalerite, pyrite, and in some lodes arsenopyrite. The younger deposits consist of crushed altered rhyolite, which in places is sufficiently impregnated with fine gold to form large bodies of low-grade gold ore. The principal occurrence is in the southern part of the district at the head of Flint Creek at the Porphyry Dike, Pauper's Dream and Carlson mines (Schrader 1929).
The placers in the Upper Flint contained large masses of rich tin ore. Numerous gulches that feed into Upper Flint each contain several lode mines. Blue Cloud Gulch contains the War Eagle, Golden Eagle, Sucker, Lincoln and Blue Cloud; a ten stamp mill was erected to work the gulch's mines. Nelson Gulch was famous for its rich placers and several quartz mines: Shober, Manassa, Sagamore, Robedeaux and Yellow Boy. On the opposite side of Flint from Nelson Gulch is the Old Battle Ground mine. Above this mine in the foothills are the Humbolt, Claggett, Old Dominion, Morning Star, Carrie, and Flora. Colorado Gulch has the King David, Hopewell, Ingersol, Baby, Trustful, and others. Red Mountain has a large number of mines which have seen major development: Legal Tender, Garfield, Gregory, Silver Reef, Saratoga, Emma, Granite Mountain, Iron cap, Iron Dollar, Ontario, Snow Drift, Alcada, Mizpah and others along with three tunnels. Mines are located above Red Mountain, on the mountain east of Red Lion and a large number below Red Lion such as: Capitol, Yellow Boy, Orphan Boy, Bonanza, Little Bonanza, Sterling, Price, Mac, Enterprise, Knickerbocker, Tin Horn, Morning Star, April Fool, Stonewall Jackson and Washington (Schrader 1929).
All told, by 1928 the district reportedly produced up to $7,000,000, most of the production occurred before 1900 as only $1,980,000 was produced between 1902 and 1958 (Schrader 1929; McClernan 1983; Wolle 1963).

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