NBOM Registered and Documented 20.66 acre Lode Mining Claim with 2 mines onsite; one medium aidt/cavern cut into the rock and one deep laddered mineshaft that measured in at 72-feet deep, and an adit//tunnel that appears to run south at the bottom of the mine. Not sure how far that runs, but worth exploring for sure.
Several prospects/test holes and tons of rich looking ore on site already pulled out and waiting to be processed. The shaft is cut straight down, and I wouldn’t trust the ladders until you really checked them out, so plan to bring a good anchor and rope and you will be able to descend into the shaft to check out the tunnel at the bottom. I can’t say how far the tunnel goes at the bottom, as I explored this site by myself and it wasn’t safe to descend without someone on the surface, but it looks like it is 4 or 5 feet tall, so chances are they followed the vein as far as they could which means it could be extensive. The amount of tailings would seem to indicate that.
This claim is pretty close to the historic Vulture Mine (I’d say about a mile away) – which started the rush in this area in 1863 when a prospector from California's gold rush, Henry Wickenburg, discovered a quartz deposit containing gold and began mining the outcrop himself. After Henry Wickenburg discovered the Vulture Mine, Vulture City a small mining town was established in the area. The town once had a population of 5,000 citizens.
After the mine closed the city was deserted and became a "ghost town". The deposit was later sold to Benjamin Phelps, who represented a group of investors that eventually organized under the name of Vulture Mining Company. Today, the City of Wickenburg is a thriving area where you can find all kinds of lodging, food and supplies.
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ABOUT THE MINING DISTRICT
MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ
As the fifth largest gold producing county in Arizona, Maricopa County produced 428,000 ounces of gold, primarily from the Vulture Mine, with 3,000 ounces attributed to small placer deposits.
South of Aguila by 15 miles, in northwest part of the Big Horn mountains, you will find the El Tigre Mine which consist of 12 claims that produced lode gold.
Cave Creek district, is located 25 to 55 miles north of Phoenix. If you go south 1 mile from Cave Creek you will find the Mormon Girl Mine which was a minor lode gold mine. If you go southwest 2.5 miles, you will find the Copper Top Mine lode gold mine. At the Cave Creek and New River turnoff which is southwest of Cave Creek by 4 miles, both sides of road you will find panning gold. If you go west 2.4 miles for Cave Creek, to a north trending road, you go along this rd 1.5 miles, area around the old Go John Mine you will find gold by panning. If you go north a few miles, on slope east of the main watercourse, the Phoenix and Maricopa mines, were the site of 100 stamp mill and cyanide plant which produced lode gold, about 17,000 ounces produced, 1890-1959, gold associated with molybdenum and vanadium. If you go north 13 miles, there is a dirt road to the west, here you will find the Rackensack Mine and south to another old mine which produced lode gold. Other area mines: the Mex Hill, Lucky Gus, A. B. Bell, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and Gold Reef all produced lode gold.
South of Phoenix by 9 miles, in north part of the Salt River mountains, the Max Delta Mine lode gold can be found. If you go out 18 miles in north foothills of the Phoenix mountains, the Winifred district, the lack White Mine produced lode gold. If you go northwest 45 miles, along San Domingo Wash for 6 to 7 miles, you will find the San Domingo placers. Along Old Woman Gulch, a south tributary, large placers operation with large, coarse gold nuggets. In all area arroyos and gulches, in black sand deposits placer gold can be found. In the lower country gravels, often in black sands, placers contain finely distributed gold.
In the Wickenburg area of entire region shows scores of old mine dumps, which occasionally yield large gold nuggets due to carelessness of early miners. Southeast 7 mile from Wickenburg, in the sands and gravels of entire length of the Hassayampa River there are notably abundant placers for several mile below mouth of San Domingo Wash. The Hassayampa placers, were very productive 1934-49. Southwest 14 mile and 9 mile west of the Hassayampa River, at south margin of the Vulture mountains, you will find the Vulture Mine, which was the largest producer of gold in the county (366,000 ounces of gold), 1863-1959, site of big mills and 100 ton cyanide plant which was used to leach old dump tailings in 1934. In pediment of Red Top Basin northwest of the Vulture Mine, area of about 3 square miles, the Vulture placers which continue down Vulture Wash for 2 mile southwest of the mine, many dry wash workings, pits, etc. for there placer gold content. West 18 miles and 2.5 miles south of U.S. 60, you will find the Sunrise Mine lode gold mine. Northeast, a large mining area extending into Yavapai county produced some lode gold.
This claim is probably about a 20 mile drive southwest of Wickenburg off of State Route 60 and South Vulture Mine Road on a well maintained dirt road, so no problem getting to it with a high-clearance 2-wheel drive car. But after a good rain, which happens this time of year (monsoon season), you need to be careful of washouts from runoff, as it can take a couple of weeks for the BLM to get in with a grader to clean things up.
Plenty of parking on site for camping/staging equipment right next to the mine (within 25 feet), so no problem getting real close to begin work. There are two dry washes that looks like they floods several times a year running through the claim, so I would plan to do some dry washing as it will likely be worth the effort since gold from miles away can get washed throughout the entire valley from the numerous proven lodes nearby.
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