Details about GOLDEN SEAL placer & lode mining claim BOISE IDAHO 2 gold mines, creek, nuggetsSee original listing
“ALL BLM FEES ARE PAID THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2014.”
Sep 27, 2013 17:05:18 PDT
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Boise, Idaho, United States
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The GOLDEN SEAL mine is a 20.66-acre, unpatented, lode mining claim near Boise, Idaho. IMC# 213010. You will receive a quitclaim deed, entitling you to 100% ownership of the mineral rights to this mining claim. Your bid is the final price. This is not a down payment and there are no hidden transfer fees. Your bid is the FINAL PRICE.
What a great claim.!! Not only do you have two mines, but a strong flowing creek to run your prospecting equipment. And we all know water is the life blood of prospecting. The Golden Seal and the Antimony #2 Mine date back to the early 1900's. One mine is open, while the other is buried and needs to be dug open again. And based on the tailings pile, I suspect the buried mine is the larger.
Inside the first mine, you can see how someone bulldozed dirt into the entrance. After I slid through the hole, I took this photo looking back out of the mine. You can either dig it fully open, or rebury the mine and keep it a secret.
Once inside you can stand up straight. The tunnel is about 7-feet tall and four to five feet wide.
The mine is about 75-feet long, and the best ore occurs in the front half.
The walls show a promising mix of ironized granite and quartz crystal. This is where the gold, silver, and other minerals occur.
A big clump of pyrite cubes near the center of the photo. Where's there's pyrite, gold is usually not far away. Dig out the ore, crush it up, and pan out the gold.
Looking back toward the entrance. This is a shotgun mine. One straight tunnel. No shafts, no drifts, and you'll never get lost.!!
The tunnel ends at a solid rock face and what looks like a fault line. It may have been this fault they were chasing for gold.
Not sure what this says. "R. Eldridge 1917"?
This is the entrance to the second mine. Grab a shovel and spend a day digging this open. It appears to be the larger and deeper of the two mines. The surface dirt is collapsed, but the mine tunnel is carved through solid rock and likely intact.
The hump in the center of the photo is the top of the tailings pile. Its only about 10-feet tall on this side, but closer to 30-feet tall on the other side, as it cascades downhill to the stream below.
Ore car rails running out of the mine. If a mine has ore car rails, you can bet its was a deeper mine.
Standing on top of the tailings pile looking down into the creek bed. The tailings literally drop right into the creek. Ya gotta love that.!! (unless you're a fish maybe). And there are small trout in the creek.
This creek should be an excellent source of placer gold.
The creek is spring-fed with great year-round water flow and runs the entire 1500-foot length of the claim. All of these pics were taken at the height of Summer.
There's also a horse and mountain bike trail running through the claim, so you'll find little bridges each time the trail crosses the creek. One man's bridge is another man's.... perfect bench for gold panning..!!
The horse and mountain-bike trail.
The usual assortment of rusty metal leftovers from the old days. I think this is a tin roof. It's quite large.
Millsite relics and a prospect hole. Incidentally, I found some really interesting ore in this hole...
Check this out.!! Iron, quartz, pyrite cubes and probably both gold and silver. Run this stuff through a crusher and pan the dust.
Lots of these brilliant blue beetles around the claim too. Find some gold and make some cool bug jewelry.
This is the old wagon road leading from one mine to the other. Pretty well overgrown and a few trees have fallen across it, but the road bed is still intact.
MORE INFO ABOUT THE CLAIM
The GOLDEN SEAL MINE is located about 9-miles northeast of Boise (as the crow flies). Township 5N, Range 3E, Section 33, Boise Meridian. Both mines are on forest service land.
There are two mines on the claim, the Golden Seal and the Antimony #2 mine. These are the original historic names. One has an almost buried entrance but is still accessible, while the other is completely buried, but appears to be the larger mine, and looks very promising to dig open. The mines appear on topo maps of the area, but their history is scant. The Idaho Geological Survey notes the mines produced gold, silver, zinc and lead, and the Golden Seal is documented in a 1932 annual mining report by Campbell. Other mines in the area date to the early 1900's, so these probably do too. As a bonus, your claim includes 1500-feet of a fantastic year-round creek, affording you plenty of placer mining opportunity. In fact, the tailings from the mine tumble right into the creek. How's that for convenient? The claim could also be fun to metal detect for old coins and relics, as I see evidence of a small mill-site or living quarters.
A paved road (Bogus Basin Road) will get you within a mile of your claim, then a 4WD dirt road dead-ends at a small camping area about 1000 feet from the claim. You have to hike, horseback ride, or mountain bike the remaining 1000 feet to the mines.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE AREA
Being close to Boise is a huge bonus. This claim is less than 30 minutes from groceries, gas, lodging, restaurants, bars, and a mining supply store. If you've ever prospected out in the middle of nowhere you'll appreciate the proximity to civilization.
When you say 'gold rush', most people think of California or Alaska, but the Boise Basin Gold Rush of the 1860's was the largest and richest of all three. And miners are still pulling plenty of gold out of the basin today. Experts say the amount of gold still left in the ground far outweighs all of the gold ever recovered.
In addition to mining, the Boise area is a sportsman's paradise. World class fishing, skiing, hunting, hiking and rock climbing. Plus you'll be in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and close to the culture of downtown Boise. Why buy a gold claim in the middle of the desert when you can be here?
My name is Jeff and I own this claim. I'm always happy to answer questions, so ask away. I've been exploring old mines since childhood, and now my hobby is connecting abandoned mines and people who want to own them. Mostly I focus on mines, but occasionally I find some great placer claims too. I am neither a prospector, or a miner. My background is in caving, so I enjoy exploring tunnels and mines. As for the gold or other minerals inside the mine (or along the river) I leave that to you. I prospect all of my claims enough to find a small amount of gold to validate the claim and I take pride in providing claims which haven't been worked-over. Why would you buy a claim from an active miner anyway? Isn't that like buying a garden from rabbits? Or a henhouse from foxes?
Filing mineral claims can be tricky. It takes a lot of knowledge and research and there are many pitfalls awaiting those who don't know what they're doing: over-staking other claims, areas not open to mineral entry, filing mistakes, mapping errors, staking errors, and the list goes on. I guarantee your claim will be rock solid, or I'll refund your money in full. I'm very meticulous when it comes to filing claims, so I'm comfortable making this guarantee, knowing that you will probably never need it. But, better safe than sorry. All of my claims are processed by BLM adjudicators and vetted for errors and mistakes. That's why you should NEVER buy a claim that doesn't have a BLM serial number, which can be verified on the BLM's LR2000 website. The serial number of this claim is IMC213010
Before bidding, please make sure you understand what an unpatented mining claim is. You do NOT own the surface rights of the land, only the mineral rights. You are allowed to recreate (camp) on your claim indefinitely as long as you are actively mining. If you are not mining, then you may stay two weeks out of each month. Other people also are allowed to recreate on your claim, however they are not allowed to mine or remove any minerals and you may post signs explaining this. You are not responsible for paying taxes on your claim, or responsible for any liability issues, as the federal government is the landowner. Generally speaking, you are not allowed to build on an unpatented mining claim. There are ways of obtaining permission to build, but its very costly, time consuming, and you would be required to post a bond ensuring that anything built ultimately would be removed, or forfeit your bond. You are responsible for paying an annual maintenance fee of $140 to the BLM. This fee is PAID through the next 12+ months and you are not responsible for paying anything else until September 1, 2014.
You also have the option of filing a small miners waiver. This allows you to pay only $10 in fees annually (instead of $140). To qualify, you must own fewer than 10 claims nationwide and prove you have done $100 worth of labor to improve the claim. Things like clearing brush count as labor, mining does not. While cheaper, this route can be a tad bit risky if you mess up the required forms.
Someone recently asked me if you could live INSIDE of your mine. I don't have an answer, but its an interesting question. The BLM is certainly in favor of you putting a gate or door on your mine entrance for safety reasons. And you are allowed to live on your claim indefinitely as long as you are actively mining. So if you have the only key to the gate, who's to prevent you from living in the mine? Something to ponder for anyone who has ever wanted a secret hideout or doomsday bomb shelter
Prior to 1994, the government had a process in place to convert unpatented claims to patented claims (public property to private property). Unfortunately there has been a moratorium on patents since 1994, but many powerful people would like to see this moratorium lifted, especially as we near the 20-year anniversary. If it ever is lifted, you could potentially 'hit the jackpot', as the holder of an unpatented claim which could be converted. Will it ever happen? That's the million dollar question. Purely speculation, but its an exciting thought for anyone thinking long term who might want some nice property.
I accept cash, checks, cashiers checks, or money orders. Sorry, Ebay doesn't allow Paypal for real estate transactions. I expect you to make contact via email within 24 hours of auction close to let me know you plan to complete the transaction and then I expect to receive payment within a week. As soon as your funds clear, I will record a quitclaim deed in your name with the county and BLM and send you a copy of that deed, along with directions to the claim and GPS coordinates of the corner stakes. The claim is then 100% yours.
This auction is for mineral rights only. There is a mine tunnel on this claim, but I am not selling a cave or any cave formations.