Historic Sourdough Gold
20 Acre Placer Claim – Sheridan District – Madison County, Montana
Montana Gold And Silver Mines is proud to present the Historic Sourdough Gold 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 Sheridan, 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. Mill 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 plenty of room for staging, parking and other operations.
The best gold is on bedrock. Mill 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 Sourdough Gold Mine is located in the northwest quarter of section 23. It is the closest claim available to Sheridan on Mill Creek. Sourdough Gold claim is about 6300 feet in altitude. Virginia City is the site of the second major gold rush in the Montana Territory and is just a few miles from this claim!
Gold in the Sheridan district was discovered shortly after the gold discovery on Alder Gulch which was the second major gold rush in Montana territory.
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 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||Sheridan, approximately 7.75 miles|
|Access to the Claim||A very good dirt road breaks off from the state highway and runs all the way onto the claim. There is plenty of room for multiple campers and staging.|
|Parking and Staging on the Claim||Claim is situated in a valley that allows for parking of several vehicles if desired.|
|Resources||Year round water, grasses, sage 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
We have sold other claims on this creek and the buyers have reported they have found good gold!
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.
The Sheridan Mining District is organized and they do maintain mining rights. If you buy this claim it is in your best interest to join the organization.
600 feet of creek bed estimated. This assessment is based on what surveyors observed while on site.
Accessibility / Location
Good 2-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
- Pre-Belt gneiss, schist, and related rocks
USGS Database – 10270071
Sheridan District Information
|The Sheridan district, in the heart of the Ruby Valley, includes the smaller sub-districts of Wisconsin Creek, Mill Creek, Brandon (near mouth of Mill Creek), Mill Creek (near the upper portion of Mill Creek), Quartz Hill (between Mill and Mill Creeks), and Ramshorn and Bivins gulches (Winchell 1914; Sahinen 1935).|
|Placer gold was discovered in Ramshorn and Bivins gulches soon after the discovery of gold at Virginia City. Below the forks of Wisconsin Creek, the stream gravels have been worked with hydraulic giants. In the Ramshorn district placering began in the 1860s and continued on the upper stream until the second decade of the Twentieth century (Winchell 1914).|
|Within a year of the district’s placer discoveries, many gold-bearing quartz veins were located. The Company mine in Williams Gulch, was opened in 1864, the ore being treated locally in stamp mills and arrastras. The Branham mill, for which Mill Creek and the Mill district were named, was crushing ore in 1865. The Whittacker mill was located in the Quartz Hill district in 1869. The 1880’s saw arrastras become the favored mode of ore reduction. Later, during the 1890’s, the ore from some of the mines was treated in stamp and cyanide mills. The most important producers were the Noble, Red Pine, Fairview, Smuggler, and Betsy Baker lodes (Swallow 1891; Winchell 1914; Sahinen 1935).|
|The district is composed of ore deposits related to underlying or nearby granitic masses, although some are apparently related to dikes. Ore deposits occur as veins (fissure fillings) and as replacements in limestone. The primary minerals are pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and galena in a gangue of quartz and rarely siderite. Gold and silver occur in the ore (Winchell 1914; Sahinen 1935).|
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