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Historic Sweet Liberty

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

The Historic Sweet Liberty 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. MT105769775

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.

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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 a once in a lifetime claim!

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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.

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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.

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 Sweet Liberty Mine is in an area with rich gold mining history. The gold in the gravels of Flint Creek probably originated in numerous small gold veins found within the drainage basins of sme of the tributaries of the creek and also in the numerous veins of the Phillipsburg district. But as with all old mines and mining districts in the Western U.S., the old timers NEVER got it all!

The placer mines of this county have produced 36,720 fine ounces of gold during the years 1904 – 1945.

The Sweet Liberty mine is located in the northeast quarter of section 33. Sweet Liberty 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)

Gold And Mineral Mines of Montana Sweet Liberty


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:
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, 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.
Resources Year round water, grasses, sage and trees
Structures on claim None
Elevation Aprox. 6600 feet

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This is the perfect place to mine undisturbed by yourself.

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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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All the gold flows into the creek from mines above and enters this claim.

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Creek is ready to set your stream sluice in it!

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

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There is plenty of gravel in the creek bed as well as the benches which are virgin ground.

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

Climate / Weather

USGS Information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation Type Placer
Development Status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Commodities
  • 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(gold) 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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