The Manhattan Belle
Nye County, Nevada
Nye County, Nevada
•Commodities: Gold, Silver, Copper
• Claim designation: un-patented lode
• Size: 20.66 acres
• Location: Nye county, Nevada
The Manhattan Belle is a past Gold, Silver and Copper producer in the historic Manhattan mining district of Nye county Nevada.
One of the last remaining underground mines available in the district; the Manhattan boasts an estimated 500-950 feet in underground workings, heavily mineralized ore spill, and excellent access.
Renowned for some of the highest quality specimen Gold in Nevada, the Manhattan district holds untapped potential for precious mineral recovery.
- Primary workings consist of two inclined shafts and numerous prospect shafts.
A wooden headframe and ore shoot has partially collapsed into the shaft collar and requires a minimal cleanup and new timbers/ladder for further access, sampling and exploration.
Vein strike is about 10 degrees SW. Material is a mineralized quartz vein rich in Malachite (copper ore) Galena(silver ore),Auriferous pyrites and Free Gold(Gold ore).
Secondary shaft appears much older without the excessive support timbers, likely worked during an earlier era than the primary shaft.
The secondary inclined shaft appears partially caved about 30 feet past the collar.
- Large mineralized mine spills are located under the collar of each shaft, featuring heavily mineralized ore and host rock.
Accessibility is uncommonly excellent for the area. Any 4x4 vehicle can access the Primary shaft with ease.
An older dirt road runs adjacent to the county road, cut specifically for the mines and hand stacked with stone cobble near the shaft parking area.
- HISTORY AND PRODUCTION.
Gold was discovered in the Manhattan district in 1905, although quartz veins in the vicinity of Manhattan had been worked as early as 1866. The district immediately became one of the "boom camps" of Nevada. The greatest production .was reached in 1911
Although the ore deposits of Manhattan were not discovered until 1905, mining had been carried on in other parts of the Toquima Range for at least 40 years previously.
The ore deposits of Belmont, 15 miles northeast of Manhattan, were discovered in 1865 by an Indian and the camp, under the name Philadelphia district, soon attained considerable importance.
In November, 1866, the first stamp mill was erected. This is reported to have had a daily production of a trifle over $1,000, saving about 60 per cent of the silver in the ore.
By 1867 a 40-stamp mill had been erected on the property of the Combination Co. and smaller mills on other properties. The town of Belmont had banks, assay offices, and schools, a triweekly stage service, and a weekly news paper.
In 1870 the deepest shaft was 276 feet deep, and the depth to water level was 240 feet.
Emmons gives the production of the Combination mine for the first six months of 1868 as $160,297.
The acme of the district's production seems to have been reached in ; 1873. Raymond 7 says: " The town of Belmont has largely increased in population and enterprise and is generally conceded to be second only to Virginia City and Pioche."
The reported production of the three larger mines for the year 1873 was $612,523.
In April, 1905, John C. Humphrey discovered ore rich in free gold in the crystalline limestone on April Fool Hill, only about 100 feet from the road from Belmont to Cloverdale. The conservatism of the average prospector is shown by the fact that for 40 years " specimen ore" had thus been lying unnoticed close to a well traveled road.
At about the same time silver-bearing lead ore was found near the now abandoned camp of Palo Alto.
In August after the discovery there was a rush of prospectors, but the camp was later deserted, though it filled up again the following winter. In March, 1906, there were 3.000 people in Manhattan and the immediate vicinity.
An excellent location for the beginning enthusiast up to an established mining company.
- Access: Excellent condition dirt road for any 4x4 vehicles.
- Underground Workings: (2) Inclined Mine Shafts
- Deposit type: Lode / Hard rock
- Nearby City: Manhattan, Nevada
- Zoned for Mining and Recreation, not zoned for residential
- Financing available with an $850 down-payment and monthly payments of $125
- Direct purchase discounts available