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Historic Sunset Gold

20 Acre Placer Claim – Pikes Peak District – Powell County, Montana

Presenting the Historic Sunset Gold Placer Mining Claim for sale, a 20 Acre Unpatented Placer Mining Claim. The claim is located just outside of Gold Creek, Montana and has been properly marked. All claims have been carefully surveyed, mapped and researched. MMC #241113

This is a remote Montana gold mine. Doney Lake Creek which runs through the middle of the claim provides year round water for all your mining needs. During surveying gold was easily found in the material by panning. 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.

We estimate the creek bed to be 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. Sapphires have been found in the bench material in this area.

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 ground in the Pikes Peak area is known to average 1 Ozt/20 yrds.

The best gold is on bedrock but at times there is a clay layer that is a false bedrock and the gold will be on top of this layer. If you want a challenge the clay layer can also hold some nice gold as well. Doney Lake 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. Look at the last photo showing some of the gold from the area.

Prior to the advent of dredge operations in 1934, nearly half of the gold recovered in the district came from the Pikes Peak placers. The Batterton Bar in the district produced $140,000 in a single season. Gold was found in small particles with some nuggets up to $10 in value. The gold assayed at $17.75 an ounce at a time when pure gold ran $21.67. Some gold from the Larrabee Bank ran as high as $18.60 per ounce.

Part of the pay streak was mined by drifting, but this area was covered by waste rock from mines higher on the hill. Below Treadwater Bar, a 3,000 foot segment of recovered pay streak was worked by a dragline shovel and a dry-land washer (Pardee 1951).

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)

History of the Mines


The Sunset Gold Mine is located in the northeast quarter of section 11. It is the closest claim available to Gold Creek on Doney Lake Creek. Sunset Gold claim is about 5600 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)

Gold And Mineral Mines of Montana Sunset Gold
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:
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 Very Little
Last Worked Unknown but probably at least 50 years ago or longer.
Number of Mines 1 Placer
Nearest city with amenities Deerlodge, approximately 18 miles
Access to the Claim A very good dirt road breaks off from the Interstate and runs near the claim.
Resources Year round water, grasses, sage and trees
Structures on claim None
Elevation Aprox. 5600 feet

Photos

 

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All the gold flows into the creek from mines above and enters this claim. There are many great gold traps in the creek on this claim.

 

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This is the perfect place to mine undisturbed by yourself.

 

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Or bring the whole family and have a lot of fun in the great outdoors!

 

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Over 600 feet of creek bed to mine and 20 acres of gold bearing material

 

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You won’t find a claim closer to Deerlodge on Doney Lake Creek. They just don’t exist.

 

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Both the bench and creek bed hold gold and are well worth your efforts.

 

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The benches are virgin ground and made of glacial till.

 

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The ground averages 1 oz/20 yards! That’s 5 times better ground than the guys on Gold Rush TV show are mining!

 

Utah Blaine

Gold From The Pike’s Peak Creek Area!

 

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USGS Information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation Type Placer
Development Status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

 

Commodities

  • Gold- Primary
  • Silver – Tertiary

 

Nearby Scientific Data

  • Glacial Drift

 

References

USGS Database – 10022669, 10270508, 10124553

Mining District Information

Pikes Peak District Information

On May 8 1862, Granville Stuart set up the first effective sluices in Montana. When he found gold, the news was not lost on the prospectors passing through the area. A party of prospectors arrived on May 14 and found diggings that paid 20 cents per pan. On May 20 another party arrived and prospected along a branch of Gold Creek which they named Pikes Peak Creek. On June 1, yet another group of prospectors arrived on the scene and found gravel that paid about $10 to the man by working the stream with sluices (Pardee 1951).
Early placer mining in the Gold Creek area, later to become known as the Pioneer district, was hindered by a lack of sufficient water to mine placer deposits topograph-ically higher than the active streams and by the abundance of large boulders in gold-bearing stream channels. During much of the 1860’s, prospectors were more attracted to richer and more easily worked placers such as the Bannack and Alder Gulch districts, approximately 150 mi south of the Pioneer district. The construction of the Rock Creek ditch in 1868-69 rejuvenated mining activity in the Pioneer district and led to discovery and mining of many rich placer deposits in succeeding years (Pardee, 1951 ). The Pioneer district eventually produced approximately $6 million (value at time of production) in gold from placers.
In 1868 or 1869 Conrad Kohrs and others, formed the Rock Creek Ditch Company, to build a 16 mile canal to deliver water from Rock Creek to the Pioneer, Pike’s Peak Creek, and Pikes Peak districts. The system initially delivered water to the Gold Hill terraces; the first terrace to be worked was the slope descending down to Pikes Peak Creek. These terraces contained rich gold deposits. Several hundred men worked the placers and a reported $140,000 was recovered in a single season from a pit on Batterton Bar. By 1870, it was estimated that $20,000,000 in placer gold had been taken from the gulches (Pardee 1951; Wolle 1963).
As these placers grew, the town of Yam Hill became deserted and a new town of Pioneer City began to grow. It has been estimated that over a million dollars of gold dust (at $20.67 per ounce) was removed from the Pioneer Bar in the late 1870s and early 1880s (Pardee 1951; Wolle 1963).
Production figures for the creeks of the district have generally been combined reports, so a fair and accurate estimate of the production of each creek cannot be made. The total production of the placer mines in the district, up to 1949, was estimated to be $28,526,000.
Gold Creek and Pikes Peak Creek flow into an area of complexly folded and faulted Mesozoic and Paleozoic sediments which have been intruded by an elongated batholith of quartz monzonite. The lode deposits occur in veins and replacement deposits in highly altered granite or quartz monzonite. None of the lode deposits have been particularly important as points of production, but erosion of these gold-bearing deposits have resulted in extensive placer deposits in … Pikes Peak Creek. The placer gold occurs in recent stream gravels and also in bench gravels. The deposits have been mined by sluicing, hydraulicking, and dredging (Sahinen 1935).
Prior to … 1934, nearly half of the gold recovered in the district came from the Pikes Peak placers. The Batterton Bar in the district produced $140,000 in a single season. Gold was found in small particles with some nuggets up to $10 in value. The gold assayed at $17.75 an ounce at a time when pure gold ran $21.67. Some gold from the Larrabee Bank ran as high as $18.60 per ounce.
GOLD IS CONTAINED IN AND RECONCENTRATED FROM PLEISTOCENE GLACIAL DEBRIS.

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