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Historic Tinker Joe

20 Acre Placer Claim – St. Regis District – Mineral County, Montana

Montana Gold And Silver Mines is proud to present the Historic Tinker Joe 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 St. Regis, 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. St. Regis River runs in the middle of the claim with plenty of year round water for all your mining needs. During surveying gold was 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 river bed is estimated to be over 600 feet on this claim. There is year round water in the river. 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 and room for staging, parking and other operations.

The best gold is on bedrock. St. Regis River is one of the rivers in the district that was mined by hand and dredge in the late 1800’s. There is still good gold on benches and 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 Tinker Joe Mine is located in the northeast quarter of section 4. It is the closest claim available to St. Regis on the River. Tinker Joe claim is about 3000 feet in altitude.

The (St. Regis) district was of some significance from 1920 into the mid-1930s.

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.

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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 river bed of small pebbles to larger boulders. Boulders are great places for the gold to hide. Benches on both sides of the river are virgin ground.
Depth / Length Over 600 feet of river 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 80 years ago or longer.

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Aerial view of claim and boundaries.


Number of Mines 1 Placer
Nearest city with amenities St. Regis, approximately 12 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, sage and trees
Structures on claim None
Elevation Aprox. 3000 feet


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All the gold flows into the river 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!

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Over 600 feet of river bed to mine and 20 acres of gold bearing material

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Great claim to dredge. At other places along the river miners dredge for gold.

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Both the bench and river bed hold gold and are well worth your efforts.

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There is plenty of gravel in the river bed as well as the benches which are virgin ground.

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 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

  • Ravalli group


USGS Database – 10010403

St. Regis District Information

The St. Regis district is located along the eastern slopes of Bitterroot Mountain range. The area is between the St. Regis River and crest of the Bitterroots and includes the town of St. Regis, a station on the Northern Pacific and Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroads. The district was of some significance from 1920 into the mid-1930s. The lode mines contained gold, silver, copper and lead-bearing ores. Some gold has been recovered from placers along the St. Regis River as well.(Sahinen 1935; Lyden 1948).
The district lies in an area of Beltian rocks, through which the St. Regis River cuts. Northeast of St. Regis the Beltian rocks are quartzites and argillites of the Ravalli group. To the southwest, the shales, slates and impure limestones of the Wallace formation appear as outcrops. Ore deposits occur as placers and veins. Veins carry gold ores and silver, copper and lead ores. Some of the mines have exposed a good grade of sulphide copper ore (Sahinen 1935).

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