EDSEL GOLD MINE, Esmeralda County, Nevada, Silver Peak Lode Claim

$ 2,000.00





20.66 Acre Unpatented Lode Mining Claim on Federal Land in the Historic Silver Peak Mining District


This is the perfect mine to work in seclusion and privacy.  At one time, it was a one-man operation - records show that it was located in 1906 and worked sporadically through 1914. Then after a period of inactivity, it was worked again in 1917, 1923 through 1925 and again in 1952. Chances are, because it is remote, it may not have seen visitors in several decades.  




The mine is a shaft that was cut on a 30-degree angle. It  descends 61 feet and is in good shape because it was cut through mostly hard rock. At the 61’-foot level, the mine levels out and travels horizontally for an unknown distance. Some evidence of timbering at the lower level, and the size of the tailings onsite indicated that you should have between 200 and 300’ of horizontal works. You may have to clear a little loose gravel at the 61’ level, but the mine is open.


This area is well known for both free-milling gold as well as silver, and the remnants of a cabin onsite is ample evidence that this mine was a producer at one point. With a mild 3-season climate, you will be able to work this mine year round as long as you bring your own supplies.



Onsite by the mine you will find the ruins of a small cabin as well as what was once likely an ore chute and a powered pulley motor for moving ore out of the mine. The tailings onsite look like they would be worth the effort to rework - you have 104’ of tailings left here, so roughly 240 cubic yards of material to work using today’s much more processing efficient methods - and that’s before you even start expanding the mine, scroll down to see more pictures.



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Portable X-Ray Fluorescence field units (also known as XRF guns) are commonly used by large commercial mining operations, well-equipped/funded private prospectors and even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as many other government agencies for the most accurate field sampling in the quickest amount of time. In no way do we advise that you base all of your commercial mining valuations on just one or two samples (regardless of how accurate the method that you use to sample is), but this extremely precise and versatile $40,000 device is equipped with powerful X-ray tubes, specialized filters, highly advanced detectors, and multi-beam optimization that efficiently analyzes the chemistry of the rock, soil, and sediment that hosts metals, for a quick and extremely accurate analysis of even trace levels of metals like silver, lead, gold, platinum, copper and many other elements.

Today’s highly sensitive XRF Handhelds (we use the best unit available on the market – an Olympus Delta Premium with a full mining package) work by emitting an x-ray beam with enough energy to displace the electrons in the inner shells of the atoms that differ from the energy it gives off leading to a loss of energy in that atom. The specific loss of energy identifies the elements that are present in the sample. While fire assay is still the most widely used way to gauge how much or a particular metal (like gold and silver) is present in a sample since it can test the entire sample, it is an expensive process and takes many weeks to get an answer. XRF technology is the fastest and most accepted method in existence today for sampling a few millimeters (or deeper depending on the type of host rock sampled) into the surface of even the hardest rock, and the accuracy is measured in 1 to 2 parts per million (PPM).

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NV MINE up close of SHAFT




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Buyer will receive the following:

-  Quit Claim deed showing full ownership of the claim. This will be stamped, recorded and verified with the County and the BLM offices.
    -  Welcome packet with all of the rules and regulations as they relate to the State and BLM where the claim is located.
    -  Educational documents to annually renew your mining claim with the BLM.
    -  A CD of all of the documented images of the claim including maps of the site.
    -  Map of claim marked and GPS coordinates.
    -  Multiple maps showing claim location and surrounding areas for access.



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-This is all that is left of powered pulley motor -

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Come to Hike, Camp, Ride and Shoot - or come to pull some shiny rock$ out of the ground;-)


Relics and old trash left behind by the miners

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The district is located about 20miles south of Blair and about three miles from Red Mountain. Although the town is sparsely populated, the streets are still lined with weathered early-Nevada artifacts, including an old post office. The copper deposits of the Silver Peak sitrict lie in the southern part of Douglas County.


Silver Peak is one of the oldest mining areas in Nevada, was discovered by the Robinson Brothers; it produced substantial amounts of silver, gold, and other minerals. The town site was established in 1864 due to a spring that was in the area. A 10 stamp mill was built in 1865 and a 20 stamp mill was built in 1867. However, mining was far from steady in the area as the mines changed ownership and new milling techniques were invented. The ups and downs of the mining industry resulted in a fluctuation in the population as well. In 1907, the Pittsburgh Silver Peak Gold Mining Company—which had originally planned to mine in Silver Peak—decided to build its mill several miles out of town because of expensive land prices. Once the mill was built, a post office and the Silver Peak Railroad followed, creating the town of Blair. In 1915, the mill closed, and five years later Blair was essentially abandoned. In 1948 a fire burned the town of Silver Peak. After that there was little activity until 1966, when the Foote Mineral Company started its lithium extracting operations in nearby Clayton Valley. Home to Rockwood Lithium formally Chemetall Foote Corporation's local lithium mine, the area's largest employer and the only lithium producing mine in the United States. Lithium and gold mining is Silver Peak's prominent industry. Silver Peak is also known for a 375-foot high cinder cone (an extinct volcano) located in the Clayton =Valley. Within the Silver Peak Range also is the Silver Peak caldera.


The rocks in the vicinity of the Silver Peak belong principally to the Dothan formation. These are highly altered igneous rocks. The surface of the Silver Peak district is chiefly made up of the steep, sloping sides of many valleys and intervening narrow ridges with fairly flat tops. Altitudes range from 4,000ft - 6,000ft. You can expect to find the valley slopes covered with dense growths of timber and underbrush. The three principal streams join the Umpqua River.






Located about 5 miles off of paved highway 168, all but the last ½-mile of dirt road is fairly overgrown/reclaimed by nature, but passable with 2-wheel drive for sure. The last 2,500 feet to the mine does get a little  steep and narrow, so I would advise you use wither a high-clearance, short wheel-base 2-wheel drive, or any 4 wheel drive vehicle. At the mine itself, there is room to park and to camp, but I don’t think you would get a travel trailer right to the mine, so figure on either tents or a small camper.


Note that all of the below pictures of this claim were taken by my team and/or myself on a recent visit to this property.
All Pictures are of the actual property – no stock photographs were used




A mining claim gives the holder the right to mine on mineral-rich land that belongs to the federal government.
Mining claims are a tangible asset and show proof of all interests in minerals in the area. They can be bought, sold or used as collateral, just like any other piece of real estate. A mining claim can be  sold, traded, leased, gifted, willed, used as collateral or transferred in part  or in its entirety just like any other real property using a quitclaim deed which is a recordable conveyance.

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Our in-house legal counsel will complete all of the paperwork and documentation for recording and transferring FULL ownership of this mine into your name if you win the auction, AND we will ship you everything in one to two business days of receipt of your payment in full (usually just one day!). So you can plan to visit (and start working) your claim the next day without the lengthy delay you will experience with other companies selling claims –and you will not have to pay any extra costs, fees or other poor excuses for extra profit that normally just go into a seller’s pocket.


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We will ship all paperwork/maps upon payment clearing we ship same business day (if payment is received by 1PM P.S.T.)  We always provide tracking information so you are always informed.


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