Quigley Gold A 20 Acre Unpatented Placer Gold Mining Claim
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Operation Type : Placer Mine
Serial Number : MT105785189
Mining Claim Size : 20 Acres
Comodities : Gold, Silver
Price : $3,000
Financing : Up to 6 Months
Deposit : 20%
Address
City : Elliston
County : Powell
State : Montana
Zip : 59728
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Historic Quigley Gold

20 Acre Placer Claim - Elliston District - Powell County, Montana

The Historic Quigley Gold Placer Mining Claim for sale, a 20 Acre Unpatented Placer Mining Claim. The claim is located just outside of Elliston, Montana and has been properly marked. All claims have been carefully surveyed, mapped and researched. MT #105785189

This is a remote Montana gold mine. A tributary of the Little Blackfoot River, 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 creek 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.

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.

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. The very large gold mine Treasure Mountain Mine upstream is owned by Gold and Mineral Mines of Montana LLC

Various properties along this river have been worked, most of them by hand methods. (Lyden, 1987, pg. 81)

The various districts in the county, now seemingly dormant, cannot be regarded as worked out or abandoned but only awaiting renewed interest. (McClernan, 1976, pg. 3)

The road that gives direct access to this claim has a limitation to the width of vehicles and the months that the vehicles can be run on the road. Vehicles 50" wide are allowed on the direct access road and it connects to the regular forest service road which has room for staging, parking and other operations.

The best gold is on bedrock. Little Blackfoot River 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.

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 Quigley Gold Mine is in an area with rich gold mining history. During the 1910s and 1920s with a total production of about $200,000, with $70,000 of this coming from gold and the remainder from 90,000 ounces of silver, 700,000 pounds of lead and 90,000 pounds of copper. But as with all old mines and mining districts in the Western U.S., the old timers NEVER got it all!

The Quigley Gold mine is located in the southeast quarter of section 1. It is the closest claim available to Elliston on Little Blackfoot River. Quigley Gold claim is about 5626 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 any vehicle 50" max width 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.
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 tourmaline, quartz, pyrite, galena, silver, black sands with rare earth minerals would be expected.
Foot traffic at the mine Some
Number of Mines 1 Placer
Nearest city with amenities Elliston, approximately 9.25 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 that are up to 50" wide if desired.
Resources Year round water, grasses, trees
Elevation Aprox. 5626 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 (Bergendahl and Koshmann, 1968).

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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
Boulder batholith and broadly related stocks
References USGS Database - 10022801, 10011750, 10094895, 10221488

Mining District Information

Elliston District Information

The Elliston mining district is about 20 miles west of Helena and south of the Little Blackfoot River. It includes the town of Elliston which is the first town on the Northern Pacific Railroad west of the Continental Divide. The mining district includes the town of Elliston but is generally south of the river in mountainous, heavily-forested terrain. Early reports on the district described about 15 productive mines, most of which were from five to 11 miles south of the town.
The geology in the vicinity of Elliston consists of an apparently conformable succession of limestone, quartzite and sandstone. The lowest formation is the Madison limestone which is overlain by the Quadrant quartzite, near the top of which occurs a bed of high-grade phosphate rock. To the south of Elliston rhyolites are present and persist on the flanks of the mountains to 6,200 ft. (Schrader 1929; Pardee and Schrader 1933)
The Elliston district began as a placer operation along the Little Blackfoot River during the 1860s ... Most of the production from the lode mining occurred between 1890 and 1908, at which point the total production was estimated at $2,750,000. However, during the first half of the 1890s, the town and the area's primary economic base was woodcutting. Cutting cord wood for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company's smelter at Anaconda employed more than one hundred wood cutters and it was during this period that the town of Elliston reached its peak in population and activity. However, in 1894 and again in 1895, fires destroyed the town(Lyden 1948; Robertson 1956; Wolle 1963).
Knopf (1913) reported that by 1911 there was little mining in progress in the Elliston district and throughout the region. Pardee and Schrader (1933) indicate that some sporadic mining occurred in the Elliston district during the 1910s and 1920s with a total production of about $200,000, with $70,000 of this coming from gold and the remainder from 90,000 ounces of silver, 700,000 pounds of lead and 90,000 pounds of copper (Pardee and Schrader 1933).
Robertson (1956) reported periodic mining activity in the district since then, although no important mines have been developed. He estimates the total production for the district at somewhat more than $3,100,000. During the period from 1909 to 1954 the district marketed about 7,600 ounces of gold, 149,000 ounces of silver, 98,000 pounds of copper, 1,560,000 pounds of lead and 197,000 pounds of zinc (Anderson 1990; Robertson 1948).
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