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Historic Black Leg

20 Acre Placer Claim – Melrose District – Madison and Silver Bow Counties, Montana

Montana Gold And Silver Mines is proud to present the Historic Black Leg Placer Mining Claim for sale. This is a 20 acre unpatented placer mining claim for sale exclusively through Montana Gold And Silver Mines. The claim is located just outside of Melrose, Montana and has been properly staked and marked. All Montana Gold And Silver Mines claims have been carefully surveyed, mapped and researched. Field work is completed by our own experienced, well educated Mine Survey Team.

Remote Montana gold mine. Camp Creek runs in the middle of the claim with 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 minimal visitors driving through on the road. The claim was originally surveyed by Montana Gold And Silver Mines and sampled for rich, free gold deposits in the gravels.

The creek bed is estimated to be over 600 feet on this claim. There is year round water in the creek. There is likely to be some native silver and possibly some relics to be found on the claim but the primary commodity will be gold.

Remnants and items seen in the area indicate there has been work done after 1900. 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 and as the gold has washed down over the decades from the hills and gulches, it has replenished the gold found on this claim.

There is direct road access to this claim and room for staging, parking and other operations.

The best gold is on bedrock. Camp Creek is one of the creeks in the district that was mined by hand in the late 1800’s. There is still good gold on bedrock on this claim. 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 509 599 2292. Rob

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 Black Leg Mine is located in the southeast quarter of section 9. It is the closest claim available to Melrose on Camp Creek. Black Leg claim is about 5600 feet in altitude.

A placer operation on a low saddle between Camp Creek and Rochester Basin recovered several thousand dollars in gold (Sahinen 1939).

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)

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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.

Mine Details:

Access to the Mine You can drive a full size truck 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 quartz, pyrite, galena, gold, black sands with rare earth minerals would be expected.
Foot traffic at the mine Minimal
Last Worked Unknown but probably at least 75 years ago or longer.


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Number of Mines 1 Placer
Nearest city with amenities Melrose, approximately 4 miles
Access to the Claim A dirt road breaks off from the frontage road along the interstate and runs all the way onto the claim.
Parking and Staging on the Claim Claim is situated on a valley floor that allows for parking of vehicles if desired.
Resources Year round water, grasses, sage and trees
Structures on claim None
Elevation Aprox. 5600 feet




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All the gold flows from the creek and mines above down an incline 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 in seclusion.


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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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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.


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The placer claims in this district have been worked intermittently since discovery in 1866. (Sahinen 1939)


Total Workings

600 feet of creek bed estimated. This assessment is based on what surveyors observed while on site.

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Accessibility / Location

Good clearance 4-wheel drive truck.

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Free milling gold, gold nuggets or gems

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Wood, Shade, Trees, Year Round Water

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Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation Type Placer
Commodity type Metallic



  • Gold- Primary

Nearby Scientific Data

  • Unconsolidated Deposit > Alluvium


USGS Database – 10012865

Melrose District Information

The Melrose district is located on the southwest slopes of the Highland Mountains and includes the mines in the Soap Gulch, Camp Creek and Wickiup Creek drainages. The placer claims in this district have been worked intermittently since discovery in 1866. Although not well-documented, the district had good placer potential. Along Camp Creek, a steel pipe-line was apparently abandoned before it could be utilized in a large-scale hydraulic operation. A placer operation on a low saddle between Camp Creek and Rochester Basin recovered several thousand dollars in gold (Sahinen 1939).
Melrose is on alluvium deposited by the Big Hole River. Eastward are eroded bench lands composed of flat-lying Tertiary deposits of sand, gravel, clay, and volcanic ash. Paleozoic limestones crop out in the foothills farther east. They strike northwest and dip from 45 degrees to 60 degrees southwest. The Paleozoic section includes all formations from the Flathead to the Madison inclusive. Archean schist and quartzite of the Belt series occupy the area east of the Paleozoic rocks to the head of the creeks. Small stocks of quartz monzonite intrude other rocks in Soap Gulch and about four miles up Camp Creek. The Clipper Group, on Wickiup Creek, is in Belt slates and strides northwest and dips 30 degrees northeast. It is 4 to 10 feet wide. The ore consists of malachite, azurite, cuprite, and chalcopyrite in quartz in the oxidized zone and chalcopyrite and pyrite in quartz in the sulphide zone. Igneous rocks are exposed in this vicinity (Winchell 1914; Sahinen 1935).

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