The Sunrise Placer
Beaverhead County, Montana
Beaverhead County, Montana
• Size: 20 acres
• Claim designation: Un-patented Placer
• Location: Beaverhead County, Montana
The Sunrise Placer is a documented Gold producer in the historic Argenta mining district of Western Montana.
Featuring over 650' of running creek with gold-bearing gravel deposits, a secluded location, and excellent access.
Located on the historic Rattlesnake Creek waterway, within 5 miles of Beaverhead Counties' largest Gold nugget ever recovered; a lump weighing in at 40 ounces ($72,000+).
A calm mountain creek features a width of 7'-12' feet and a depth of .5' - 3'. feet.
Potential Gold deposits can be located in the gravel deposits, upper bench placers, and bedrock crevices.
Level banks provide an excellent location for a high-banking or small dredge operation, with calm water for casual Gold panning.
Primary workings consist of bench gravel deposits on the 25' level above water.
s are located on the northern portion of the mineral property. Cuts range between 4'-11' deep with heavily mineralized soil composition.
Gold values are estimated at 0.10-to 1.2 grams per yard, with greater values located on bedrock.
Large camping and staging area is located just adjacent to the good-conditioned dirt road.
Available parking for multiple vehicles and campers near the fire ring.
The men who staked the first lode claims in the district on June 25, 1864, also made the first placer discoveries on Rattlesnake Creek. However, there is little evidence to show that these men ever developed the placers. They appear to have been claimed as strategies to control the limited water and alluvial resources for the opportunity to mine at a later time.
In the early 1870s, a four-mile ditch was dug to bring water to the hydraulic placers across the Rattlesnake Creek from Argenta. The four men working the placer were able to recover $40 per day; later these same placers were reworked by a Chinese miner who was able to recover $3 per day. Remains of these hydraulic operations can be seen just upstream from the Ferdinand Mine (Sassman 1941; Geach 1972; Wolle 1963).
About the same time as the placers were opening up below Argenta on Rattlesnake Creek, new placers were discovered six miles upstream in French Creek. In 1890 placers were also discovered by Charles Watson on Watson Gulch, a tributary of French Creek.
The largest nugget of gold found in Beaverhead County, a lump weighing in at 40 ounces, was found in Watson Gulch in 1894. Additional placer work in 1941, recovered an additional 9 ounces of gold from French and Watson Gulches.\
Several structures, known as the Knight cabins, associated with the Watson Gulch placers survived until the late 1980s when they were slated for removal and recorded as a historic site by the Beaverhead National Forest. combine(Geach 1972; Wolle 1963; Ryan 1987).
A perfect mine for the beginning enthusiast up to an established mining company.
- Access: Excellent condition dirt road for any 4x4 vehicles and most 2wd vehicles.
- Workings: Creekside gravel deposits and surface cuts
- Deposit type: Placer
- Nearby City: Dillon, Montana
- Financing available with $1150.00 down and monthly payments of $145.00
- Direct deed purchase options available