The Blacksmith #7 Mine
Broadwater County, Montana
Broadwater County, Montana
•Commodities: Gold/Silver/Base metals
• Size: 20.66 acres
• Claim designation: un-patented Lode
• Location: Broadwater county, Montana
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The Blacksmith Mine is a documented Gold producer in the Hassle/Park mining district of Broadwater County Montana.
One of the first mines in the district, the Blacksmith Mine shows recorded production begun in 1872.
Featuring a deep vertical shaft on a body of ore over 30 feet wide.
Large quantities of ore from this mine have been milled, however ores became difficult to mine in the deeper levels and so the mine was abandoned around 1905.
The Blacksmith group was most intensively worked in the 1930s. In the midst of the Great Depression high Gold prices spurred the development of a number of small "family" mines *.
Some additional production occurred as recently as 1940, though after the War act production halted entirley.*
Located in the beautiful mountains of Broadwater county, the Blacksmith shaft was developed into a mineralized outcropping of epithermal volcanic rock.
Featuring an aged timbered mine shaft driven in to the highly mineralized epithermal deposits of the district, and a secluded staging and camping area with excellent access.
Quartz veins contain Galena, free-milling Gold, and auriferous pyrites.
Base metals such as Lead, Zinc and Iron are also present in various amounts.
The ore body of the Blacksmith deposits was over 30 wide with no reports of diminishment at lower levels.
A majority of the lode deposits in the Park district are quartz veins in andesite which is intruded by quartz monzonite.
The ore consists chiefly of auriferous pyrite accompanied by arsenopyrite and galena; the principal value is in Gold. *.
Recorded lode Gold production of the Hassle district between 1864-1956 is 80,300 ounces of Gold.
Primary workings of the Blacksmith #7 consist of a timbered mine shaft from the 1950's era, driven at a 0 degree strike south into the hillside. Secondary prospect shafts and one prospect adit are located in the gulch and hillside south of the shaft.
The underground shaft and accompanying drifts are estimated between 950' to 2000' feet deep based upon the mine spill and historical information.
Shaft Collar has eroded partially on the surface levels allowing overburden to plug the entrance over the many years of neglect.
Remains of the old wooden ladder and shaft manway still stand in the shaft entrance.
An estimated 5-10 yards of overburden is covering the entrance, continued exploration and sampling can be accomplished with overburden removal.
The Mine spill is compromised of host rock (mainly andesite), quartz, and low-mid grade ore.
Spill is present below the primary Shaft in an estimated amount 20-25 tons, with another 4-7 tons of combined prospect shaft spill.
Featuring excellent access via maintained dirt road up to the final 600 yards of old mine driveway.
The driveway features an older steel gate, presumably left by the previous owners. Parking is available near the main gate as well as further up the older road with a higher clearance vehicle.
An excellent location for the beginning enthusiast, up to an established mining company.
*References: (Pardee and Schrader 1933, WPA 1941).//(Stone, 1911, p. 89-91)//(McCormick 1990; Fairchild 1987; Ferguson 1906; Swallow 1891).