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Historic Tomahawk Mine

20 Acre Placer Claim – Sheridan District – Madison County, Montana

Presenting the Historic Tomahawk Mining Claim for sale, a 20 Acre Unpatented Placer Mining Claim. The claim is located just outside of Sheridan, Montana and has been properly marked. All claims have been carefully surveyed, mapped and researched. MMC240239

This is for sale as a third party sale. The owner has asked us to sell his claims for him. The claim has been kept in good standing every year the owner has owned it.

This is a remote Montana gold mine. Indian 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 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.

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, 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.

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. Indian 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. We have sold claims on this creek and the buyers have been very pleased with the gold they have found. 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 Tomahawk 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!

Gold in the Sheridan district was discovered shortly after the gold discovery on Alder Gulch which was the second major gold rush in Montana territory. The notorious Henry Plummer was sherrif of Virginia City(Alder Gulch) and Bannack at the time when the first claims on neighboring Indian Creek were discovered. Henry Plummer travelled extensively between Virginia City and Bannack and his road agents called The Innocents roamed the entire area looking for those they could murder and rob. No doubt they ventured over to Indian Creek and caused problems for the miners in this creek as well. At the time of Henry Plummer’s hanging he begged to be let go and promised if they let him go he would bring back his weight in gold which he had hidden. The Vigilante’s did not agree to his request and to this day the gold has never been found. It is possible that was just a lie to get free but it is also possible based on all the robberies that he and his gang committed that he actually had that much gold hidden somewhere. The members of The Innocents were also hanged or shot dead as the Vigilantes hunted each of them down so they did not have the time to stop and pick up the gold for themselves. It is possible that gold is hidden on the Tomahawk claim.

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 Tomahawk Mine

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, 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 Sheridan, approximately 8 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. 6400 feet



There are lode mines above this claim and the gold that spills out of them ends up here. There are many great gold traps in the creek on this claim.



This is the perfect place to mine undisturbed by yourself.


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


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


You won’t find a claim closer to Sheridan on Indian Creek. They just don’t exist.



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


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


We have sold several other claims on this creek and the buyers have reported they have found good gold!


The Sheridan Mining District is organized and they do maintain mining rights.

Climate / Weather

USGS Information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation Type Placer
Development Status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic


  • Gold- Primary
  • Silver – Primary

Nearby Scientific Data

  • Pre-Belt gneiss, schist, and related rocks


USGS Database – 60000324

Mining District Information

Sheridan District Information

The Sheridan district, in the heart of the Ruby Valley, includes the smaller sub-districts of Wisconsin Creek, Indian Creek, Brandon (near mouth of Indian Creek), Indian Creek (near the upper portion of Indian Creek), Quartz Hill (between Mill and Indian Creeks), and Ramshorn and Bivins gulches (Winchell 1914; Sahinen 1935).
Placer gold was discovered in Ramshorn and Bivins gulches soon after the discovery of gold at Virginia City. Below the forks of Wisconsin Creek, the stream gravels have been worked with hydraulic giants. In the Ramshorn district placering began in the 1860s and continued on the upper stream until the second decade of the Twentieth century (Winchell 1914).
Within a year of the district’s placer discoveries, many gold-bearing quartz veins were located. The Company mine in Williams Gulch, was opened in 1864, the ore being treated locally in stamp mills and arrastras. The Branham mill, for which Indian Creek and the Mill district were named, was crushing ore in 1865. The Whittacker mill was located in the Quartz Hill district in 1869. The 1880’s saw arrastras become the favored mode of ore reduction. Later, during the 1890’s, the ore from some of the mines was treated in stamp and cyanide mills. The most important producers were the Noble, Red Pine, Fairview, Smuggler, and Betsy Baker lodes (Swallow 1891; Winchell 1914; Sahinen 1935).
The district is composed of ore deposits related to underlying or nearby granitic masses, although some are apparently related to dikes. Ore deposits occur as veins (fissure fillings) and as replacements in limestone. The primary minerals are pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and galena in a gangue of quartz and rarely siderite. Gold and silver occur in the ore (Winchell 1914; Sahinen 1935).






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