The Arrastra Property is as 20-acre lode and 40-acre placer mining property located in the Crosby (Eureka) Mining District in Mohave County, Arizona.
The Arrastra is primarily a gold placer property that covers an extensive amount of dry wash with black sands and some large boulders. It is undefined where the bedrock level in the wash is. There are also lode workings on the claim in the form of a shaft and some prospects.
The region is known for extensive placer gold deposition and some lode gold deposits such as the Dunlap Mine which is just south of the Arrastra property. Gold is reported as native in form and in oxides in some cases. The property is a few miles north of the Arrastra Mountain wilderness boundaries, north of the Dunlap Mine.
North of the mine is the Southern Cross Mine and the Bagdad and Resolution mines. The Resolution mine being a multi-billion-dollar deposit that is actively being mined by BHP Copper and reports over $15bn per year in profits.
The mine consists of a large dry wash that is littered with a black rhyolite-esque boulders. The boulders show oxidization indicating some iron content at some level. There is considerable black sand in the washes, notably at turns in the wash or low spots where seasonal or flash flooding has pushed heavier material. With little effort in digging in and around the black sands, one can find small bits of gold, not in flake but in small, rough nuggets. This indicating that the gold is not far from the source and has not been excessively washed and polished.
Black sands are an excellent indicator of placer gold deposits and associated with high value recoveries. The presence of the black sands and the two washes that converge, tied together with the heavy boulders make this an ideal spot for gold recovery. Black sand gold recovery is often in small nuggets and grains.
The shaft and open cuts on the property are largely collapsed and covered in dirt and sandy material. They appear to be more exploratory than developmental and would require substantial work to clear and sample. Overall, the property is ideal for a small mining operation and could likely support six (6) figure profits for at least 25 years with minimal permitting.
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