The Purple Sage Mine
Nye County, Nevada
Nye County, Nevada
•Commodities: Gold, Silver,Copper
• Claim designation: un-patented Lode
• Size: 20.66 acres
• Location: Nye county, Nevada
•Financing available with a $1100 downpayment
and monthly payments of $215
Featuring a large adit portal, and four mine shafts driven into a highly mineralized epithermal outcropping.
Multiple levels are accessible in this extensive mine.
Original timbered shafts and excessive mineral reserves onsite.
Rich veins containing auriferous chalcopyrites (Gold Ore) and Galena (Silver Ore) were worked with primitive tools between the late 1890's and early 1950's.
The lack of water in the area caused work to run very slow, with water brought in by mule teams from a local spring.
The adit portal and shafts are in good condition and ready for exploration and testing.
Adit # 1 -was driven at a 90 degree angle to meet the hillside deposit near the shafts.
An open stope a few hundred back back into the adit provides some light and a secondary access.
Vertical shafts 1-3- will require rope and harness to install a ladder system for further explorations.
Shaft #4 has intact timbered levels that need updated ladders.
Multiple mine spills are present on the claim with excellent mineralization
Workings were originally part of the Johnny and Congress mining company holdings. The nearby mines closed down during the War act, with only the Patented Johnny Mine held under private ownership.
The Mine is set in the historical Johnny District of Nye county, Nevada.
Located four miles North west of the historic Johnny Mine.
With excellent access by any 4x4 vehicle, this mine can be worked all year long due to the moderate winter climates.
Level staging and parking areas are available for multiple vehicles or campers.
Featuring a gated access.
With wonderful views and a secluded location, this mine has excellent potential.
A perfect mine for the beginning enthusiast up to a small mining company.
The Johnnie Mine, located about 4 miles northeast of Johnnie, was established in 1890 when a group of five prospectors were exploring the area in search of the Lost Breyfogle mine.The Johnnie Mine produced between $382,681 and over a million dollars by 1913. Outcrops of gold were discovered in the nearby Spring Mountains, and the discovery led to a rush of miners to the area. The community was named after Indian Johnnie, an acquaintance of early prospectors. By May 1891, a hundred people were in the camp. Houses, stores and saloons were built. One source states that a post office was established later that year. Another source states that the post office was named Johny Post Office from June 1898 until April 1899.
Availability of water was a problem for the bustling camp. Water was retrieved from a spring four miles away, packed in canvas bags and hauled back to town by donkeys. The camp started to decline after 1893. The settlement revived in 1898 when new investors bought the two largest mines in the district, the Johnnie and the Congress mines. After 1904, Johnnie was swept up in the rush to the area near Goldfield and Bullfrog. A post office was reopened in May 1905 and a new town site was established closer to the mines. In 1907, the town had a population of 300. The Johnnie Mine and mill continued production until 1914. The Johnnie Post Office closed in December 1914, reopening in April 1916 and closing again in November 1935. Placer gold was found in gulches every few years and the area was worked off and on for the next thirty years. The Johnny settlement had less than 10 people by the late 1930s. The Johnnie Post Office was closed in 1935. The Johnnie Mine Post Office operated from September 1937 until June 1942.
Three ore mineralogical suites are present: gold-chalcopyrite-pyrite, chalcopyrite-galena, and galena (-calcite). Additionally, chalcopyrite occurs with specularite in strata bound quartz lodes of apparent hydrothermal origin.
- Access: Good condition dirt road for 4x4 access.
- Underground access: One tunnel style adit and four vertical shaft portals.
- Minerals present in the area: Gold, Galena, Ceragyrite, Pyrite and Sphalerite
- Estimated underground workings: 5000 + feet
- Estimated mine spill: 60,000 yds
- Gated Access