Jefferson County, Montana
Jefferson County, Montana
•Commodities: Gold/Silver/Base metals
• Size: 40 acres
• Claim designation: un-patented Lode/Placer
• Location: Jefferson county, Montana
•Direct purchase discounts available
The Highlander is a largely undocumented mineral property located in the Beaver Gulch Mining district of Montana.
Featuring annual water flow, exposed bedrock, an old hard rock mine adit and a one of a kind large modernized bunkhouse from the 1960’s-1970's era.
Primary workings and areas of potential include exposed bedrock and placer gravel deposits along Bison Creek, and an old unrecorded hard-rock tunnel style adit, driven into a lightly mineralized quartz stringer vein.
The hard-rock adit is located near the creek-side edge, driven into a large mineralized rock outcropping, entrance is estimated at 6' in height and 3.5' in width. Entrance features old iron bat gates.
Very little notable mine spill is present around the underground entrance, oddly suggesting the spill was hauled away at some point.
Over 600' of running creek is available for exploring and mining for Gold deposits in the gravel beds and bedrock crevices. A wide and shallow creek ranging from 15' feet-to- 25' feet wide and .5' feet -to- 3 feet in depth.
An excellent area for casual gold panning, sluicing or dredging.
A one of a kind standing cabin style bunkhouse rests on the northern portion of the mineral property, though fallen into disrepair, the cabin is incredibly preserved given the age and remote area.
Skillfully built on diorite slabs, this structure was possibly used for the nearby rail tunnel production or the mine onsite.
This secluded location was not recorded on any known map or mining docket.
An additional small shed/outhouse and wooden bridge across the creek are located on the claim.
A perfect mining claim for the beginning enthusiast up the an established mining company.
Access is available to any 4x4 vehicles and most higher clearance 2wd vehicles, older dirt road is in good to fair condition.
The mining in the Beaver Gulch mining district apparently began in 1897.
On January 1, 1898 the first sack of ore from the district was received by Helena's Chief of Police who was also the manager of the Beaver town Mining Association. The company was developing a Galena/Lead quartz vein with values in gold, silver and copper.
The Beaver town Mining Association was a Helena company with John O'Connell as president, John J. Grogan, the aforementioned police chief, as manager, and Police Judge Ed S. Walker, Eugene Allen, Joseph Murray, Mrs. M. Chriswell, John Wendell, Andrew Wendell and others as shareholders. In 1898, the company was developing a tunnel on the Newport claim (Western Mining World 1898). A few other mining operations were attempted in the area, such as the Butte and Elk Park Extension. This was initially developed in the second decade of the Twentieth century with some production in silver, lead and copper reported in 1919 and 1926 (Mining and Scientific Press 1920; Roby et al 1960; WPA 1941)
- Access: Excellent condition dirt road for any 4x4 vehicles.
- Underground Workings: (1) Horizontal tunnel style adit
- Deposit type: Lode / hard rock and Placer/ alluvial deposits
- Nearby City: Butte, Montana
- Zoned for Mining and Recreation, not zoned for residential
- Financing available with an $1100 down-payment and monthly payments of $189
- Direct purchase discounts available