The Bullfrog Mine
Nye County, Nevada
Nye County, Nevada
•Commodities: Gold, Silver, and Copper
• Claim designation: un-patented lode
• Size: 20.66 acres
• Location: Clark County, Nevada
•Financing is available with $1250.00 down and monthly payments of $175.00
The Bullfrog Mine, previously known as the Big Bullfrog is a documented mineral property in the historic Crescent mining district of Clark County Nevada. It features a history of Gold production since 1904, an old vertical shaft, and an extremely secluded area.
The Big Bullfrog Mine was located south of the Original Bullfrog Mine in August of 1904 when Montillus “Old Man” Beatty, a local small-time dry rancher for whom the town of Beatty was named, located the claim.
Beatty soon sold out to a group of San Francisco financiers, who incorporated the Big Bullfrog Mining Company in 1905.
Though the company owned just one claim, it formed the usual organization, with 1,000,000 shares of stock, and development began. By the end of the year, it boasted a 16-horsepower hoisting engine and a 2-horsepower blower engine for the ventilation of its 120-foot shaft. The company was described as “exhibiting good ore” in a Rhyolite newspaper.
Developments continued on an optimistic level in early 1906, as the company succeeded in finding some ore which assayed as high as $180 per ton (9 ounces per ton with Gold prices at $20.00 per ounce).
In March the company announced that it had uncovered a body ore worth $140 a ton and excitement mounted, as it was enough to make the Big Bullfrog a paying proposition. However, the very next month an earthquake in San Francisco, California occurred and the superintendent halted work at the mine.
After the closure, WW1 and WW2 further halted any production-grade work on the Gold mine.
- The primary workings of the Bullfrog consist of a vertical shaft driven over 100 feet down into a highly mineralized epithermal outcropping. Drifts are estimated in excess of 1350 feet at the 100' level.
Now covered with a temporary removable gate, the old shaft collar used to have a large wooden head frame.
The head frame would have been connected to a cable system, pulling ore carts up to aid in mining and mucking out the drifts.
The primary shaft is in need of new timbers and structural rehabilitation for further exploration.
Primary mine spill is estimated at over 800 yards of heavily mineralized material. As there was no known mill on site, the ore removed would have been primarily high-grade material, with lower grades discarded.
A small adit-style mine prospect is located northeast of the main shaft on the hillside, driven 75 feet into the upper cap of the hillside outcropping. Small disseminated quartz veins run down the face of the adit and into the drift. A small mine spill estimated at 7-to-10 yards is present under the old adit.
A perfect mine for the beginning enthusiast with excellent mineral potential, and a rich history of Gold production.
Use of modern tools such as metal detectors and dry washers would aid in precious mineral recovery.
This amazing location is workable all year, with very mild winters.
It features excellent access by an old dirt mine road, suitable for most 2WD or any 4x4 vehicles.
The secluded location is within 45 minutes of the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, and within two hours of Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Access: Good condition dirt road for 2wd access
- Underground access: One inclined shaft and two vertical shaft portals.
- Minerals present in the area: Gold, Galena, Ceragyrite, Pyrite and Sphalerite
- Estimated underground workings: Over 1400 feet in underground drifting
- Estimated mine spill: 800 yards