Historic Dixie Queen
Montana Gold And Silver Mines is proud to present the Historic Dixie Queen 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 Basin, 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. Uncle Sam 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 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. Uncle Sam 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 Dixie Queen Mine is located in the northeast quarter of section 32. It is the closest claim available to Basin on Uncle Sam Creek. Dixie Queen claim is about 6300 feet in altitude.
A very familiar saying is that “Gold Rides an Iron Horse”. This saying comes from the fact that many times where gold is found iron is also present. Iron in the ores turns a rust color. Pay attention to the staining on the rocks in the creek in the pictures. You’ll see the very rusty color staining and on the boulders the tops of them will be Quartz Monzanite. Just scraping the surface of these rocks and boulders will remove the iron staining and reveal the Quartz Monzanite that the rock is really made of.
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)
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.
|Access to the Mine||You can drive a full size 4 wheel drive 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||Some|
|Last Worked||Unknown but probably at least 50 years ago or longer.|
Aerial view of claim and boundaries.
|Number of Mines||1 Placer|
|Nearest city with amenities||Boulder, approximately 14 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 on open rolling hills that allows for parking of several vehicles if desired.|
|Resources||Year round water, grasses and trees|
|Structures on claim||None|
|Elevation||Aprox. 6300 feet|
All the gold flows from the creek and mines above down a steep incline and enters this claim. There are many great gold traps in the creek on this claim.
This is the perfect place to mine undisturbed by yourself in seclusion.
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
Notice the orange/red iron staining on the rocks. An old saying amoung miners is ‘Gold Rides an Iron Horse’. This means gold is found in iron rich areas.
Many of the gold bearing areas in Montana are also rich in iron. If you see the rust color from iron in and on rocks it is a good indicator that gold may also be present.
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.
600+ feet of creek bed estimated. This assessment is based on what surveyors observed while on site.
Accessibility / Location
Good 4-wheel drive truck or RV.
Free milling gold, gold nuggets or gems
Wood, Shade, Trees, Year Round Water
Economic information about the deposit and operations
- Gold- Primary
Nearby Scientific Data
- Boulder batholith and broadly related stocks
USGS Database – 10196884
Basin District Information
|The Basin, Cataract, and High ore districts are primarily underlain by quartz monzonite of the Boulder batholith. The quartz monzonite of the northern portion of the district is overlain by tertiary dacite, and the quartz monzonite on the western edge of the district is overlain by late Cretaceous andesite. The andesite deposits are pre-batholithic, and the dacite deposits are post-batholithic. The andesite and monzonite formations are cut by dikes of dacite and rhyolite.|
|The district contains both placer and lode ore deposits. A unique formation in the district is a disseminated gold deposit in granite, which occurs west of Basin along Red Rock creek (Sahinen1935:47).|
|Gold deposits at the mouth of Cataract Creek were reported to have been located as early as the summer of 1862 by prospectors who staked claims. However, these claims were quickly abandoned for the reportedly richer diggings on Grasshopper Creek. These abandoned claims were then acquired by James and Granville Stuart, and Reece Anderson who built cabins at the mouth of the Cataract Creek. Two years later placer deposits were found two and a half miles further up the creek but, although rich, the ore was too difficult to work and the claims were abandoned. Soon after, however, placer mining activities quickly spread over the length of both Basin and Cataract creeks. Some of the deposits turned out to be moderately profitable, although nothing like the bonanza placers at Last Chance Gulch or Alder Gulch were encountered (Lyden 1948; Wolle 1963; Becraft et al. 1963).|
|A small mining camp grew up on the flat at the confluence of the Boulder River and Cataract Creek, but when the town of Basin was established at the mouth of Uncle Sam Creek a half mile to the west, the buildings at Cataract were gradually moved to Basin, eventually leaving no trace of the Cataract camp (Wolle 1963).|
|In 1880 the cluster of cabins at the mouth of Uncle Sam Creek officially became Basin City. Over the next two decades the town was an active camp, supplying the mines and miners in the district (Knopf 1913; Wolle 1963). It prospered in spite of several disastrous fires, the last occurring in 1893, and by 1905 the population had reached 1500 persons (Pardee and Schrader 1933; Becraft et al. 1963; Wolle 1963).|
|Few production records were kept during this period but it has been estimated the Basin district produced about $8,000,000 in gold (Pardee and Schrader 1933; Becraft et al. 1963). Most mining throughout the region south of Helena, from this point on, consisted of smaller-scale operations, carried out with limited capital and equipment. For the most part, old tailings dumps were reworked or old mine workings were reopened on a reduced scale. The Basin district, however, was somewhat of an exception to this trend with a number of major mining operations being developed after the turn of the century.|
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