20.66 Acre Unpatented Lode Mining Claim on Federal Land in the Historic Bouse Mining District / La Paz County Arizona.

Huge Open Pit mine, 3 different cuts. Amazing cut right on the sheer zone – rich ore exposed, easy to pick and pull. All overburden and topsoil removed. All you need to do is start pulling material to work. Several piles of ore already separated – just waiting to be picked up and transported for processing. This was a good-sized open pit operation. Open pit mining is a lot safer and much more cost effective than traditional hard rock mining. No collapses to worry about and you can move a lot more material in a lot less time and effort.

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Trying to get a plan approved and permitted for open pit mining on a new site is really tough these days. But since this one has already been opened and the top 4+ feet of soil removed prior to us acquiring it, you don’t have to do anything but haul the ore out for processing as there is no responsibility for remediation of the area by the new owner. You do not need a plan or post a bond like you would if you wanted to start an operation of this size in a new area.

Geology

Mineralization is very varied and consists of the following:

(1) Major gold placer deposits in washes from erosion of numerous quartz veins and veinlets in metamorphic rocks;

(2) Spotty, partly oxidized copper and gold mineralization with minor lead and zinc, and with quartz, and iron and manganese oxides in irregular fault and fracture veins in metamorphosed Mesozoic sediments, probably Cretaceous shale, sandstone, conglomerate, and limestone; Precambrian metamorphics, and Cretaceous or Tertiary volcanics, with intrusions of Laramide diorite and granite;

(3) Manganese oxides in irregular, lenticular bodies and veinlets with variable amounts of iron oxides, calcite, barite, gypsum, and traces of beryllium along fracture and breccia zones in Cretaceous or Tertiary andesitic volcanics;

(4) Barite and fluorite in veins along faults and fractures in Cretaceous or Tertiary volcanic flows and agglomerates;

(5) Spotty pods and stringers of copper, lead, and zinc minerals with silver and minor gold, and with associated iron and manganese, in faulted Paleozoic limestone blocks and in irregular veins in Cretaceous or tertiary andesite volcanics cut by Laramide quartz monzonite intrusives;

(6) Gold and silver ores in irregular veins along fractures and fault zones associated with quartz stringers and Laramide diorite and granite porphyry dikes in Mesozoic schist;

(7) Sporadic scheelite in quartz veinlets in carcareous Mesozoic schist close to Laramide granitic intrusives;

(8) Irregular, impure iron oxides, usually associated with manganese, in contact metamorphic deposits in Paleozoic limestone beds close to intrusives;

(9) Bentonite clay in probable lake bed sediments; and

(10) Minor chrysoprase in stringers in rhyolite. Some chrysoprase has been mined and sold for gem material.

Buyer will receive the following with their completed transaction:

– Quitclaim deed showing full ownership of the claim. This will be stamped, recorded and verified with the County and the BLM offices. – Welcome packet with all of the rules and regulations as they relate to the State and BLM where the claim is located. – Educational documents to annually renew your mining claim with the BLM. – A CD of all of the documented images of the claim including maps of the site. – Map of claim marked and GPS coordinates. – Multiple maps showing claim location and surrounding areas for access.

Come to Hike, Camp, Ride and Shoot – or come to pull some shiny rock$ out of the ground;-)

ABOUT THE MINING DISTRICT

NORTHERN PLOMOSA ARIZONA MINING DISTRICT, LA PAZ COUNTY

The Northern Plomosa district in west-central Arizona is a mid-Miocene Au-Cu district hosted by Miocene lacustrine sedimentary and volcanic rocks and their Proterozoic crystalline depositional basement. The host rocks are in the upper plate of the Plomosa detachment fault and are broken and tilted to the southwest by numerous northwest-striking listric normal faults which are the main controls on mineralization.

The primary ore minerals are native gold, chrysocolla, and malachite. Gangue minerals include specular and earthy hematite, quartz, barite, fluorite, calcite and manganese oxides. Although open-space filling textures are locally abundant, most of the economic mineralization occurs as fault-controlled replacements in calcareous sediments.

Fluid inclusions indicate that the mineralizing system involved low temperature (150 to 250°C), high salinity (17 to 26 eq. wt. % NaCI) fluids. Oxygen, sulfur, and carbon isotopes from the hydrothermal minerals are consistently heavy and, combined with fluid salinities, suggest that the mineralizing fluids were basin brines.

District Location

The Northern Plomosa mineral district lies within the northern half of the Linskey Northeast 7-1/2 minute quadrangle (unpublished United States Geological Survey preliminary topographic map), at the north end of the Northern Plomosa Mountain Range in La Paz County, Arizona. The district is approximately 45 kilometers southeast of Parker, Arizona and immediately (5km) west of the small community of Bouse.

History

Howland Bancroft (1911) published the first descriptions ofthe mines, prospects, and geology of the Northern Plomosa district following a visit to the area in 1909. At the time of his visit the district was being actively prospected, and had apparently been so since the latter part of the 19th century. Two mines, the Little Butte and the Blue Slate, were in operation.

The target of the prospecting and mining was a hematitic breccia found within high-angle structures and carrying good values in copper and gold, plus minor silver. Production in 1909 from the Little Butte mine totaled 22 carloads (approximately 900.metric tons) at a reported grade of 7.6%Cu, $6.65/ton in gold and 2.4 oz./ton silver (Bancroft, 1911). Since the reconnaissance report of Bancroft (1911), only one specific and detailed study of the economic geology of the Northern Plomosa district has been made available to the public. J.P. Jemmett (1966) completed a doctoral dissertation in which he mapped the geology of the Linskey Northeast 7-1/2 minute quadrangle and assessed the economic potential of the area. Scarborough and Meader mapped the Northern Plomosa Mountains in 1981 (Scarborough and Meader, 1989) and produced an open file report on their work for the Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology (Scarborough and Meader, 1983).

This work was of a reconnaissance nature and did not concentrate on the mineralization of the area. Jemmett listed twelve named mines which were developed in the district after the time of Bancroft’s visit; most of those listed are within the area mapped in the course of this project. In addition to the named mines, innumerable prospect pits pock the district. Virtually all of this work was apparently done in the first half of this century.

The only relatively modem mining activity of commercial scale in the district was an attempt by the Loma Grande Mining Company to recover gold values from low grade ore mined by an open pit near the old Little Butte Mine. The cyanide leaching operation failed in 1960 (Jemmett, 1966). Relics of this operation, including large steel cyanidation vats, are still in evidence.

At the time of Jemmett’s study the Dutchman mine was being worked at a very small scale for free gold which was sold as specimens (Jemmett, 1966). Total production from the district to date has been estimated by Keith et al. (1983) at 346,000 Ibs. Cu, 5000 oz. Au, 25,000 Ibs. Pb, and 7000 oz. Ag from approximately 7500 tons of ore.

This entire area is relatively easily accessible by dirt roads which are well marked and well maintained. A 2-wheel drive car can get to this claim off of Route 72 via Main Street in Bouse (paved), but I would recommend a good 4-wheel drive or even ATV’s to be able to access the entire claim that is not on the road.

The area is full of dirt roads, so a good map and a good GPS unit is a must, but we’ll show you exactly where it is on the map as well as provide you with the precise latitude and longitude of each corner marker, so finding it will not be a problem for you.

I advise caution whenever driving or hiking on this claim – the entire valley is dotted with abandoned mines – most of them are easy to see from a distance, but some of them are impossible to see until you are right on top of them. I would estimate that only 20% of them are roped or fenced off – the rest are wide open and you should be extremely careful if entering them.

A couple of spare tires or an air compressor and patch kit or at least a couple of cans of tire sealant is strongly recommended for obvious reasons! Also, be sure to bring in whatever water you may need, as there are almost no water sources in the area 10 months out of the year.

Mining claims are a tangible asset just like any other Real property (real estate) and show a lifetime proof of all interests in minerals in the area specified by the above claim. Once you own this claim and the associated mineral rights, you will own them for life as long as you keep up with the annual fees. This claim can be bought, sold, leased or used as collateral, just like any other piece of real estate.

A mining claim can be willed or passed down to future generations as part of a trust or your estate, or you can trade it, lease it out for a period or time (or indefinitely), gift it to a family member or friend and you can also transfer or sell just an interest in it in part or in its entirety just like any other real property using a quitclaim deed which is a recordable conveyance. In other words, you could sell a 25% or a 50% share in it if you wanted in order to bring on a partner in the future – or you could sell the entire claim in whole.

This auction is for full/all interest in this 20.66 acre lode mining claim (unless the acreage indicated in the above mine description is different). This claim covers the entire site, (unless the claim description above describes different measurements), and includes full rights to all minerals, gems and just about whatever else you may find of value on the property (except oil and gas, which are handled separately). The winner of this auction will receive a notarized quitclaim deed to the full claim and all associated documentation showing full ownership of the claim. We pay ALL fees associated with transferring this claim into your name – legal fees, title transfer fees, document fees, notary costs, recording fees and even shipping fees, so all you will pay is the final price of the auction, not a penny more.

In order to hold on to your claim for life, you will need to pay an annual maintenance fee to the Government (BLM, not us) every year. Currently the maintenance fee is $165 per year per claim that you own, and it is due on September 1st of every year. NOTE that if you own fewer than 10 claims nationwide, we can assist you in filing the paperwork to waive the maintenance fee every year. That means you will only pay $15 per year for your maintenance fee instead of $165. We guarantee that all past fees have been paid in full and there are no outstanding debts or amounts owed on the claim prior to the transfer of ownership into your name.

The federal government retains ownership of the land – so this means that you will not have any annual real estate taxes due on your mining claim, and you will not have to maintain liability insurance in case someone gets injured on your claim due to no fault of your own.

How do Transfers of Ownership in Mining Claims work if I decide to sell my claim in the future?

First, we handle all the paperwork and costs associated with transferring this claim into your name should you win this auction. But if you decide to sell this claim at some point in the future, interest in a properly recorded mining claim or site may be transferred (i.e sold) in part or its entirety. A quitclaim deed or recordable conveyance document is required and if you do sell your claim someday and the transfer documents should be filed within 60 days after the transfer.

We can and will help you with the paperwork for no cost should you need a hand selling your claim in the future if you pay all of the County, State and Federal fees (usually less than $40 to $60).

But again – with regard to transferring this claim initially into your name, we take care of all the paperwork at our expense. You do not have to worry about anything. we handle the BLM transfer documentation and the county recording.

Can you build / camp on your claim?

Without an approved plan of operations, you have the same rights and restrictions as the public. If the area is open to camping to the public, then it is permissible. However, you need to check with the BLM Field Office or the local District Ranger for areas open to camping. Under Federal law in order to occupy the public lands under the mining laws for more than 14 calendar days in any 90 day period, a claimant must be involved in certain activities that (a) are reasonably incident; (b) constitute substantially regular work; (c) are reasonably calculated to lead to the extraction and beneficiation of minerals; (d) involve observable on-the-ground activity that can be verified; and (e) use appropriate equipment that is presently operable, subject to the need for reasonable assembly, maintenance, repair or fabrication of replacement parts. All five of these requirements must be met for occupancy to be permissible.

Although it is possible to build a permanent structure on a mining claim, it is extremely expensive and you will have to jump through way too many hoops to consider it easy to do. It would have to be in support of a commercial, year-round mining operation for starters, and you would need to post a large reclamation bond to insure that if you ever abandoned your claim, the bond would pay for the removal of the structure and the reclamation or the area. So in short, it is technically possible to build on your mining claim, but just be aware that it is very difficult and expensive to do – however, camping is almost always involved unless your claim is in a wilderness area, which is not very common at all.

Mining claims are a tangible asset just like any other Real property (real estate) and show a lifetime proof of all interests in minerals in the area specified by the above claim. Once you own this claim and the associated mineral rights, you will own them for life as long as you keep up with the annual fees. This claim can be bought, sold, leased or used as collateral, just like any other piece of real estate.

A mining claim can be willed or passed down to future generations as part of a trust or your estate, or you can trade it, lease it out for a period or time (or indefinitely), gift it to a family member or friend and you can also transfer or sell just an interest in it in part or in its entirety just like any other real property using a quitclaim deed which is a recordable conveyance. In other words, you could sell a 25% or a 50% share in it if you wanted in order to bring on a partner in the future – or you could sell the entire claim in whole.

This auction is for full/all interest in this 20.66 acre lode mining claim (unless the acreage indicated in the above mine description is different). This claim covers the entire site, (unless the claim description above describes different measurements), and includes full rights to all minerals, gems and just about whatever else you may find of value on the property (except oil and gas, which are handled separately). The winner of this auction will receive a notarized quitclaim deed to the full claim and all associated documentation showing full ownership of the claim. We pay ALL fees associated with transferring this claim into your name – legal fees, title transfer fees, document fees, notary costs, recording fees and even shipping fees, so all you will pay is the final price of the auction, not a penny more.

In order to hold on to your claim for life, you will need to pay an annual maintenance fee to the Government (BLM, not us) every year. Currently the maintenance fee is $165 per year per claim that you own, and it is due on September 1st of every year. NOTE that if you own fewer than 10 claims nationwide, we can assist you in filing the paperwork to waive the maintenance fee every year. That means you will only pay $15 per year for your maintenance fee instead of $165. We guarantee that all past fees have been paid in full and there are no outstanding debts or amounts owed on the claim prior to the transfer of ownership into your name.

The federal government retains ownership of the land – so this means that you will not have any annual real estate taxes due on your mining claim, and you will not have to maintain liability insurance in case someone gets injured on your claim due to no fault of your own.

How do Transfers of Ownership in Mining Claims work if I decide to sell my claim in the future?

First, we handle all the paperwork and costs associated with transferring this claim into your name should you win this auction. But if you decide to sell this claim at some point in the future, interest in a properly recorded mining claim or site may be transferred (i.e sold) in part or its entirety. A quitclaim deed or recordable conveyance document is required and if you do sell your claim someday and the transfer documents should be filed within 60 days after the transfer.

We can and will help you with the paperwork for no cost should you need a hand selling your claim in the future if you pay all of the County, State and Federal fees (usually less than $40 to $60).

But again – with regard to transferring this claim initially into your name, we take care of all the paperwork at our expense. You do not have to worry about anything. we handle the BLM transfer documentation and the county recording.

Can you build / camp on your claim?

Without an approved plan of operations, you have the same rights and restrictions as the public. If the area is open to camping to the public, then it is permissible. However, you need to check with the BLM Field Office or the local District Ranger for areas open to camping. Under Federal law in order to occupy the public lands under the mining laws for more than 14 calendar days in any 90 day period, a claimant must be involved in certain activities that (a) are reasonably incident; (b) constitute substantially regular work; (c) are reasonably calculated to lead to the extraction and beneficiation of minerals; (d) involve observable on-the-ground activity that can be verified; and (e) use appropriate equipment that is presently operable, subject to the need for reasonable assembly, maintenance, repair or fabrication of replacement parts. All five of these requirements must be met for occupancy to be permissible.

Although it is possible to build a permanent structure on a mining claim, it is extremely expensive and you will have to jump through way too many hoops to consider it easy to do. It would have to be in support of a commercial, year-round mining operation for starters, and you would need to post a large reclamation bond to insure that if you ever abandoned your claim, the bond would pay for the removal of the structure and the reclamation or the area. So in short, it is technically possible to build on your mining claim, but just be aware that it is very difficult and expensive to do – however, camping is almost always involved unless your claim is in a wilderness area, which is not very common at all.

Because this mining claim is heavily discounted we are only selling it as a cash deal and no financing is offered on this property.

Full payment is expected via email transfer or cash payment. A very unique property and a great opportunity to get a mining claim. Phone calls are preferred.

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