Historic Yuba Jim
20 Acre Placer Claim – Sylvanite/Yaak District – Lincoln County, Montana
Montana Gold And Silver Mines is proud to present the Historic Yuba Jim 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 Troy, 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. Meadow 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. Meadow 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 Yuba Jim Mine is located in the northeast quarter of section 24. It is the closest claim available to Troy on Meadow Creek. Yuba Jim claim is about 3200 feet in altitude.
The Sylvanite mining district encompasses a large section of rugged and remote land north and west of the bend in the Kootenai River in northwestern Montana. The most important placer and lode mining activity concentrated along the Yaak River valley
The gold in the valley is coarse, with large flat flakes.
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 60 years ago or longer.|
Aerial view of claim and boundaries.
|Number of Mines||1 Placer|
|Nearest city with amenities||Troy, approximately 26 miles|
|Access to the Claim||A very good dirt road breaks off from the state highway and runs all the way onto the claim.|
|Parking and Staging on the Claim||Claim is situated on hills that allows for parking of vehicles if desired.|
|Resources||Year round water, grasses, and trees|
|Structures on claim||None|
|Elevation||Aprox. 3200 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
The gold is large, coarse and flat flakes are common.
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 clearance 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
USGS Database – 10124755, 10294322
Sylvanite District Information
|The Sylvanite mining district encompasses a large section of rugged and remote land north and west of the bend in the Kootenai River in northwestern Montana. The most important placer and lode mining activity concentrated along the Yaak River valley|
|The first prospectors in the rugged Sylvanite district came as a result of strikes elsewhere in the region. Bill Hall claimed to have found the first placer gold in the Yaak River in 1864 when he stopped briefly to pan for colors while on his way north to the Kootenay rush in British Columbia. More than twenty years later, after the placers on Libby Creek were developed, prospectors fanned out to look for new discoveries. Some found gold along the lower reaches of the Yaak River in the late 1880s|
|While placer mining concentrated along the Yaak River… There are no production figures for the placers… The town of Sylvanite grew with the mines. Originally called Lemleyberg, the camp soon changed its name to acknowledge the type of ore that miners believed they had found. Developers platted streets and lots in 1896, and by the next year the town had two hotels, two restaurants, three stores, a meat market, post office, brewery, and the requisite saloons. A sawmill turned out lumber for mine and town buildings. At its peak, Sylvanite was home to 500 people (Timmons 1986; Renk 1994).|
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