Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Cuba Mineral Property Claim. The Cuba Mine is located within a 20 acre lode mineral claim. The claim is for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The Cuba Mine is located just outside of Ely, Nevada and has been properly staked and marked at all corners.
All Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. claims are meticulously surveyed, mapped and researched. On site field work is completed by Corey Shuman and Jessica Shuman, nationally recognized Mineral Surveyors with over 36 years of combined experience.
The Cuba is a very remote and unmolested gold mining site. Positioned in the southern end of the Egan Range, just north of Ely. The mine is tucked into a high mountain valley at 7500ft. The mine is rich with Silver, large, blocked reserves of it. Of more interest were some sections of the ore bodies where we found free milling gold.
However, this should be viewed primarily as a high value, high grade silver mine. There are a number of drifts following the high grade sections of the lode, with some large open stopes exposing ore bodies containing gold and silver deposits.
The location is stunning, however, underground is more impressive when documenting silver deposits that were left as “not rich enough”. Consider that when this mine was being worked, silver was an average of .50 (cents) per ounce. Today it hovers around $16.00 (dollars) and is in a severe shortage. Even the US Mint has slowed production of Silver Eagle coins due to shortages.
The Cuba mining claim is located on the Egan Range, 32 miles north of Ely, NV. This is a historic site and noted on most old maps, and talked about in many of the historical documents that refer to the district and surrounding area.
The Cuba is, bar none, one of the largest mines in the district and the largest producer. The silver is still rich and what was left as mid to low grade yesterday is extreme high grade today.
The pavement ends about 13 miles from the claim site, but the dirt roads we smooth and in excellent repair. This is likely a result of the mine being optioned well into the 1960s. The roads can be accessed by most any 2wd vehicle, but we do recommend a high clearance 4wd for the winter months as the claim sits at about 7500’ of elevation and inclement weather can change conditions quickly.
An expansive amount of room for vehicles and staging equipment. A cursory look into the bushes shows thousands of old cans, bottles, and various miners trash. There were a lot of people here, working a lot of ores but they are all gone now.
We didn’t find any fresh water on the site, but noted a spring down by the main trail.
This site is recommended for small to mid-sized mining companies. The silver values are very high, but will require processing off-site. The gold will need to be separated from the silver which will be expensive. This work will need to be done in bulk amounts to make the operation profitable. This mine will not operate at any profit without processing substantial amounts of ores.
History of the Cuba Mine
The Cuba Mine was discovered in 1902, and by 1913 the claim was leased under E. E. Vanderhoff. Cuba would ship its ore to Utah smelters. Shipments of lead ore would run 74 to 78% lead, and 2.75 ounces silver a ton.
From a 1916 report:
The Cuba fissure, about 2 miles west of Steptoe post office, strikes N. 40°-43° E. and dips 40°-65° SE., cutting across the bedding of light and dark colored dense limestones in beds 2 to 4 feet thick that strike N. 20° E. and dip 30° W. The fissure has been opened by a number of short tunnels and open cuts for about 8 miles through a vertical distance of 500 feet. In most places the fissure is filled with large crystals of white calcite or brownish iron-bearing calcite and in places shows drusy openings. In this gangue there are scattered, irregular bodies of galena. The largest body of ore was mined from a tunnel at a barometric elevation of 8,100 feet, on the north side of the hill across which the fissure runs. This body, averaging about 2 feet wide, was 75 feet long on the drift and about 25 feet high on the dip of the vein and pitched northeast in the fissure. At both ends of the ore shoot the barren calcite filling of the fissure continues. About one-half mile south of this body, in the bottom of a gulch, at a barometric elevation of 7,600 feet, tunnels on the fissure open some smaller bodies of ore. There is very little oxidation on this vein. Nearly pure galena outcrops all along its strike, but occasionally small amounts of anglesite and cerusite are seen as thin crusts coating the galena directly at the surface. The sorted galena is said to carry about 2.75 ounces of silver a ton.
1. Hill, James M. Notes on Some Mining Districts in Eastern Nevada, 1916