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Historic Sagebrush Kid

20 Acre Placer Claim – Ophir District – Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Montana Gold And Silver Mines is proud to present the Historic Sagebrush Kid 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 Avon, 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. N. Fk. Ophir 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 1320 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 in the early 1900’s. No effort to mine for many decades is evident and since 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.

The best gold is on bedrock. N. Fk. Ophir 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 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)

History of the Mines

The Sagebrush Kid Mine is located in the northwest quarter of section 17. It is the closest claim available to Avon on N. Fk. Ophir Creek. Sagebrush Kid claim is about 6000 feet in altitude.

It is estimated that the placers produced around $3.5 million in gold in the early years.

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 Gold And Silver Mines Sagebrush Kid

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Mine Diagram

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 1320 feet of river bed gravels. 660 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 80 years ago or longer.

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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.


Number of Mines 1 Placer
Nearest city with amenities Avon, approximately 10 miles
Access to the Claim A very good dirt road breaks off from the highway and runs all the way onto the claim.
Parking and Staging on the Claim Claim is situated in a valley that allows for minimal parking of vehicles if desired.
Resources Year round water, grasses, and trees
Structures on claim None
Elevation Aprox. 6000 feet


Sagebrush Kid

All the gold flows into the creek from mines above and enters this claim. There are many great gold traps in the river 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!

Sagebrush Kid

Over 1320 feet of creek bed to mine and 20 acres of gold bearing material

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Sagebrush Kid

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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 which are virgin ground.

Total Workings

1320 feet of creek bed estimated. This assessment is based on what surveyors observed while on site.

Montana Gold And Silver Mines Rating 5


Montana Gold And Silver Mines Rating 5

Accessibility / Location

Good 2-wheel drive truck or RV.

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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
Development Status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic


  • Gold- Primary

Nearby Scientific Data

  • Mississippian, undifferentiated


USGS Database – 10124448

Ophir District Information

Limestone, shale and quartzite of lower Paleozoic age are the dominant geologic materials in the area. In the Avon Valley there are also deposits of clay, sand and volcanic ash belonging to the group known as the Tertiary “lake beds”. Along the principal streams carved in the Tertiary beds are gravels of varying thickness derived from the adjacent mountains; these gravels contain the placer deposits. The lodes which contain gold and gold-silver ore occur primarily in the limestone. The ore bodies are irregular and some can be described as cylinders or pipes. They contain chiefly pyrite or chalcopyrite or their oxidized forms in a gangue of quartz or metamorphic silicates.
Placer mines were active in the district in the 1860s and 1870s and Blackfoot City, later renamed Ophir, was a thriving mining camp. Ophir Gulch was placer mined for eight miles while Carpenter and Snowshoe Gulches were placered several more miles. Among the richest deposits of placer gold were the Prairie Bar and Carpenter Bar. On the McKay Claim in Deadwood Gulch, which is a tributary of Snowshoe Gulch, a miner named Ed Risson found Montana’s largest gold nugget. The nugget was reported at the time to be worth $3,280. It is estimated that the placers produced around $3.5 million in gold in the early years (Pardee and Schrader 1933).
After the initial placer era, activity diminished and was soon limited to the development of individual lode mines beginning in the late 1880s. The Ajax Mine, which was discovered in 1888 on Cave Creek, produced $48,000 in ore by 1912 when it was last worked. In 1889 the Coulson Brothers discovered the Coulson mine, which was later renamed the Fairview mine. Active for only three years before excessive groundwater flooded the mine, the operation managed to recover $30,000 in silver-gold ore. The Little Daisy mine was discovered in 1889 two miles east of Ophir. It yielded $3,000 in gold-silver ore that was valued at up to $40 per ton (Pardee and Schrader 1933).

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