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160 Acre Placer Mining Claim on Federal Land in the Calico Mountain / San Bernardino County Silver District of California
Welcome to the historic "South Pole" Mining Claim!
SERIAL NUMBER CAMC302855
PROVEN SILVER AND GOLD AREA!
"Why pay the same amount for a 20 acre claim somewhere else when you can have 160 acres with this claim!!"
Calico is about a 2 Hour Drive North East of Los Angeles - close to lodging, shopping and just about anything else you could need.
Come to Hike, Camp or Shoot - or come to pull some shiny rock$ out of the ground;-)
Note that all of the below pictures were taken by my wife and I on a recent visit to this property. I tried to show you every direction from all four corners of this 160 acre parcel as well as what is in between!!
All Pictures were taken by me on the actual property
OVER 75 High Resolution Photo's below...
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WHY DOES A PLACER CLAIM OFFER MORE PROTECTION THAN A LODE CLAIM?
A lot of people ask me why I prefer Placer Claims over Lode Claims - and there are a few really good reasons;
First, the strongest reason is that you can control an area eight times larger with a Placer Claim than a Lode Claim (160 acres compared to 20 acres) for the SAME money. Additionally, a Placer Claim will allow you to prospect on your entire claim to see if there are any lodes worth developing – with a Lode Claim, you are restricted to a small area, which in most cases has already be worked over.
But, more importantly, mining laws are so antiquated that there have been so many disputes over the years and Placer Claims have historically provided more security than a Lode Claim. When cases do go to court for civil litigation, often the only information actionable in this day and age is recent legal precedence. My own law firm, which specializes in mining law, has to constantly follow case law on almost a monthly basis, as new cases are always changing the landscape of the mining industry.
Together we have done thousands of hours of research on mining law and claim practices in general, and the evidence is clear that a Placer Claim will protect the owner far better than a Lode Claim owner. As a perfect example, the General Mining Act of 1872 originally granted extra lateral rights to owners of lode claims, which gave the owners of the subsurface outcrop of a vein, even when it penetrated the surface, the right to follow and mine the vein wherever it led, even if its subsurface extension continued beneath other mining claims. This provision, also known as the law of the apex, obviously led to a LOT of lengthy litigation.
Today there are enough rulings against it to sufficiently show that a lode claim placed in an area that has a prior active/valid surface claim sufficiently violates the surface claim as defined by current law due to the fact that in order to discover a sub-surface claim, de facto prospecting on the surface would have had to have taken place, which obviously and correctly has construed by the courts as a direct violation of the placer claim. That’s why I always make sure that when I file a Placer Claim, there are not any prior Lode Claims in the area. Someone could try and come in after you and place a Lode Claim on your Placer Claim, but the records will always indicate that you were there first, so they have no hope of prevailing in a dispute.
Lastly, it is important to note that there are several recent findings where the courts declared that in cases of abandonment of past lode claims for periods of as short as six months, all already uncovered mine surfaces of a previously abandoned adit or shaft can be considered a legitimate part and parcel of any surface claim as long as further digging is not performed without the protection of a new lode claim. So even if you enter a mine that is 100 feet deep and pull rock from the face or walls, that is considered a surface and covered by your Placer Claim.
So bottom line, if you plan on working the surface by panning, or even doing an open pit mine, you are covered 100% with a Placer Claim. You can even legally pull rock for testing out of an existing lode or mine. Then if you decide to exploit a lode or vein under the surface (which you will notice from the below pictures that there are numerous outcrops that warrant exploring on this property), you will be covered down to a depth of between 8 to 10 feet. So rather than spend money filing a claim on every potential lode, you can check them out first and then only if the vein proves profitable, make the decision about possibly investing another $189 into filing a Lode Claim for double protection.
Legal Description of This Claim;
The general course of this claim is north and south and it is situated in the San Bernardino Meridian, San Bernardino County, California. This claim is 2,640 feet in length and 2,640 feet in width and is in the shape of a square.
This claim runs from the location monument on which this location notice is posted approximately 0 feet in a southerly direction to the south end line and 2,640 feet in a northerly direction to the north end line. This claim is marked by four monuments, one at each corner of the claim.
The location monument on which this notice is posted is situated within Section 10, Township 10N, Range 1E, San Bernardino Meridian, California and this claim encompasses portions of the following quarter section (s), Township (s) and Range (s) NE1/4, Section 10, T10N, R1E, San Bernardino Meridian, California.
The locality of this claim with reference to some natural object or permanent monument and additional information (if any) concerning its locality are as follows: NE corner of this claim is the NE corner of Section 10, T10N, R1E.
In conformance with the public land survey system, the claim is comprised of the following, all situated within Section 10, T10N, R1E, San Bernardino Meridian, California, total acreage: 160 acres more or less: NE 1/4 of Section 10, T10N, R1E
Calico Mining – the History
The colorful history of the Calico Mining District has been described by many authors; Weber (1966) provides an excellent summary. The district flourished from the 1880's to the close of the nineteenth century. The manpower shortage and downturn in mining during World War I and the subsequent Great Depression marked the end of significant activity, but not before the district had established itself as the largest silver producer in California.
Total production is thought to have exceeded $20,000,000 by 1940. However, put in the perspective of a true giant like the Comstock Lode (total production of $396,000,000) (Smith, 1943), the Calico District must be considered quite small. During the 1950's an economic boom and a renewed interest in silver resulted in the reopening of several of the district's mines, but production was small.
Accelerated petroleum exploration in California, however, made barite an economically attractive commodity. From 1957 to 1961 the Leviathan Mine was the largest barite producer on the west coast.
Substantial barite reserves remain, but discovery of the much larger Battle Mountain, Nevada deposits has reduced the economic viability of the Calico District. In the early 1960's, ASARCO Inc. began the exploration and limited development of a disseminated silver deposit along the southwest flank of the Calico Mountains.
What Do I get if I Win This Bid?
100% ownership of this entire 160 acre mining claim and the rights to any surface or subsurface minerals found on the property.
There are no additional costs or fees – your winning bid is 100% of the purchase price. Within 2 business days of payment in full, we will overnight you maps, information on mining claims from the BLM, GPS Coordinates, a Quit Claim Deed and a Bill of Sale for this claim so you can visit the claim immediately upon full payment.
The Quit Claim Deed can take up to 60 days to be recorded with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, but is often completed in 30 days or less, and you will received a copy of the recorded deed in the mail as soon as it is returned by the Recorder’s Office.
Just to repeat this so there is no confusion - if you win this auction when it closes by having the highest bid, no matter how low the final bid is is since there is no reserve on this auction, you will own this entire claim. This is NOT a auction for the down payment, this is NOT a partnership arrangement where someone else will own part of the claim with you, and there are NO fee or costs for the transfer of this claim into your name.
Your payment of the auction price gives you 100% ownership of this entire claim, all fees and other costs included.
This entire area is relatively easily accessible by dirt roads which are well marked and well maintained. A 2-wheel drive car can get to about a third of this claim off of route 15 North/Fort Irwin Road, but I would recommend a good high clearance 4-wheel drive or even quads to be able to access the entire claim.
The area is full of dirt roads, so a good map and a good GPS unit is a must, but we'll show you exactly where it is, so finding it will not be a problem.
I advise caution whenever driving or hiking on this claim – the entire valley is dotted with abandoned mines – some of them easy to see from a distance, and some of them impossible to see until you are right on top of them. I would estimate that only 10% of them are roped or fenced off – the rest are wide open and you should be extremely careful if entering them.
A couple of spare tires or an air compressor and patch kit or even a couple of cans of tire sealant is strongly recommended for obvious reasons! Also, be sure to bring in whatever water you may need, as there are almost no water sources in the area 10 months out of the year.
Information on Mining Claims in General;
A mining claim gives the holder the right to mine on mineral-rich land that belongs to the federal government.
A Mining claim is a tangible asset and shows proof of all interests in minerals in the area. It can be bought, sold or used as collateral, just like real estate. A mining claim can be sold, traded, leased, gifted, willed or transferred in part or in its entirety just like any other real property using a quitclaim deed which is a recordable conveyance.
What are you purchasing with this auction?
This auction is for full/all interest in this 160 acre placer mining claim. This claim covers the entire site, 2,640 ft. by 2,640 ft. and includes full rights to all minerals, gems and whatever else you may find on the property. The winner of this auction will receive a quit claim deed to the full claim and all associated documentation showing full ownership of the claim.
Maintenance on all BLM mining claims is $140.00, per claim, annually. This must be paid on or before September 1st, every year unless you do more than $140 per year in improvements to the property, in which case you can file for and receive a waiver of the maintenance fee.
NOTE: Some folks out in there are posting false blog reports about BLM increasing the annual mainetenance by 800% and being $140 per 20 acres - however, any professional in the mining industry knows that is just not the case. You can verify this yourself by looking up the mining claim maintenance rates on BLM's website, which by law are posted all the time.
Mining claim maintenance has and will rise about every 5 years - but by a percentage that is adjusted for inflation with a cost of living consideration, NOT a multiplier of 8 that would put virtually every small minor and most commercial mining operations out of business overnight. It just has not been done in more than 140 years of history on mining claims, and has not even been proposed to Congress in the last 100 years.
Look, anything is possible - the cost of postage certainly has doubled in the last 20 years, but I don't think that the BLM, which is a part of the Department of the Interior, would ever take a chance at messing with what today is an important revenue stream for Uncle Sam in a not-so-hot economic environment. Lets face it, some mining claims are on lands that without mining or mineral extraction would be nothing but an arid wasteland - you couldn't even graze cattle on it for $5.00 an acre...
Raising claim ownership costs like that would mean 75% of all claim owners would not renew their claims in the first year alone, and tens of thousands of miners would put down their shovels - and that would have a huge economic impact on local communities, industry suppliers and even on revenue for the U.S. Government in the form of good ole Income Tax.
The one form of insurance that you will always have against a catastrophic price increase like that someday in the future is the simple fact that you can divide your 160 acre claim into eight (8) 20 acre claims any time you want for $189 with the BLM - then keep as many as you want, and sell the rest for a profit!!
The maintenance fee has been paid on this mining claim through September, 2012, and there are no other costs or fees associated with this purchase. Your winning bid is all that you will pay to own this claim and have it legally transferred into your name.
Just to make sure this point is clear, let me repeat this one more time; you are bidding for full claim ownership, not just a down payment or a part of this 160 acre claim. Auction end price is the final price for the entire site – there are no phony transfer fees or handling costs of any kind!!
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Transfers of Ownership in Mining Claims;
Interest in a properly recorded mining claim or site may be transferred in part or its entirety. A quitclaim deed or recordable conveyance document is needed. Transfer documents should be filed within 60 days after the transfer. There is a charge of $10 per claim, per transfer document.
Can you camp on your mining claim?
Yes, as owner of an unpatented mining claim you are allowed to camp on your claim pursuant to the rules of the surface management agency.
In a nutshell, the rules are pretty simple on this; if you are not doing any mining, you are permitted to camp on your claim 14 days every month maximum. However, if you are mining (even by the standards they designate as "recreational" mining - which can mean a day or two a week you get your shovel out and move some dirt), you can camp indefinitely on your property.
You can store whatever equipment you need to support your mining efforts, and you can make infrastructure improvements to your property to help your operation.
Can you build on your claim?
You are allowed to build on a claim with restrictions if the structures are in direct support of mining activities. Contact the surface management agency for details.
Again, this covers everything from building a storage shed to shelter your equipment to building a gate at a mine entrance for security. As long as you are at least doing some recreational mining, you can build on this property if you submit a plan and get a permit.
We do not make any claims with regard to quantities of any minerals on this site, concentrations of any minerals on this site or how much profit can be made mining for minerals. There are too many outrageous or inflated claims out there – mining is hard work and can be dangerous. Please do your research prior to doing any mining so you educate yourself on how to minimize risk. and don't let anyone tell you that you can make thousands of dollars a week without first doing your own analysis of the area and it's potential.
Although past success/history should not be confused with a guarantee of future success, it can at least show that an area is still economically viable as a mining area, so again - feel free to do your own research and even an onsite survey/Assay if you would like. We'll give you our permission in writing and we'll give you exact coordinates to the location if you e-mail us, as there is no reason to hide the location or scare anyone into thinking that by others having the location they can clean out every last rock on the property in less than a week. The reality is, all claims are on public lands, so access is never denied, even by the Government!
We cannot provide legal advice; however feel free to ask any and all questions, as we can point you in the right direction for quick answers if we can't answer them for you ourselves.
This auction is not for any natural cave formations of any sort or ownership of a cave or any sort of cave related items. This auction is for a mining claim which provides for the control of any locatable minerals on the mining claim described above.
This Auction does not constitute any sale of stocks or other security interests that represent a current investment ownership interest in an entity or entities.
Calico Mining District – the Science
The Calico Mining District produced over $20,000,000 of silver from 1880 to 1940, ranking the district as the largest silver producer in California.
Silver-barite mineralization occurs in both the Lower Miocene Pickhandle Volcanics and the overlying sedimentary units of the Middle Miocene Barstow Formation. The style of mineralization is similar within both formations, but structural controls differ dramatically.
The veins of the Pickhandle Volcanics consist of early barite and jasperoid, followed by a second stage of later barite, jasperoid, oxides and sulfides. Subsequent oxidation of some veins by meteoric water resulted in the formation of supergene oxides, carbonates and silver chlorides.
Mineralization in the Barstow Formation is largely disseminated with veins accounting for only one percent of the total volume. However, paragenesis of the Barstow vein minerals closely parallels that of the Pickhandle with "Early Barite Veins" followed by Silver-Silicification Veins" and "Late Calcite Veins".
A suggested model favors hydrothermal emplacement of vein mineralization in dilatant zones in the Pickhandle Formation and disseminated mineralization in the Barstow Formation during Middle Miocene detachment faulting. This was followed by reactivation and continued dilation of some fissures and deposition of secondary oxides and jasperoid.
Stratigraphy and Host Rocks
Portions of the Calico Mining District have been mapped by McCulloh (1952,1965), Weber (1965), Dibblee (1967), DeLeen (1950), Mero (1972), Fletcher (1986) and Payne and Glass (1987). The Waterman Gneiss to the south and west of the Calico Mountains is generally regarded as the oldest rock in the region. It has been reported to be of Precambrian, Paleozoic or Lower Mesozoic age by various authors.
Like many of the Mojave/Sonora metamorphic core complexes its age remains controversial. No Waterman Gneiss is known to outcrop within the Calico Mining District, however metamorphic clasts are common within tuffaceous horizons of the Pickhandle Formation. Mesozoic granitic to dioritic intrusives lie to the east of the Calico Mining District. While no major outcrops of intrusive occur within the district itself, small exotic blocks of quartz diorite have been noted at many localities, particularly to the northwest of Wall Street Canyon.
The early Miocene Pickhandle Formation is one of two major ore hosts in the district. Much of the vein-type barite-silver mineralization occurs within this formation. In general the Pickhandle consists of a series of intercalated pyroclastics and volcanic flows, the latter of predominantly dacitic composition.
Minor volcanoclastic sedimentary units occur throughout the sequence, but are more common near the contact with the overlying Barstow Formation. The mid-late Miocene Barstow Formation unconformably overlies the Pickhandle volcanics, the basal contact marked by transition from volcanics to sedimentary rocks.
The Barstow consists of interbedded shales, siltstones and sandstones with minor lacustrine limestone. The lowermost sedimentary units are of distinctly volcanoclastic origin. The Barstow Formation is the second major ore host within the district. The ore occurs as disseminated grains and randomly oriented stockwork veins of barite and various silver minerals.
Dibblee (1970) identified younger (Pliocene) andesitic and dacitic volcanics locally capping the Pickhandle Formation. These younger flows are generally confined to the core of the Calico Mountains. No evidence of mineralization has been found in any of the younger volcanics. McCulloh (1952) mapped local outcrops of unconsolidated gravels in major drainages along the flanks of the Calico Mountains. The term Yermo Formation has been loosely applied to the gravels and a Pliestocene age has been assigned.
The Calico Fault Zone is the major structural feature within the district. It lies along the southwest flank of the Calico Mountains, trending approximately N 60° W. It is described by Dibblee (1970) as a right lateral strike-slip fault. The Calico Mountains are part of a northwest plunging anticlinorium, itself folded into a series of synclines and anticlines with northwest plunges.
Barite veins within the Pickhandle are localized, for the most part, in a series of northwest striking, subparallel, normal faults (See Figure). A few veins have been observed with indications of reactivation and subhorizontal motion. All trend N 20-80° W, with the majority approximating the N 60° W trend of the Calico Fault.
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