Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. is proud to present the Historic Blackwater 1 Gold Mining Claim. This is a 20 acre lode mining claim for sale exclusively through Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. The claim is located just outside of Barstow, California and has been properly staked and marked at all corners. All Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. claims have been meticulously surveyed, mapped and researched. Field work is completed by our own experienced, well versed Mine Survey Team.
This claim is part of the historic Blackwater projects that were known for defining and mapping out deposits with massive amounts of gold. The mines were never really worked, commercially or otherwise. But have been held by large companies such as Nicor and Homestake Mining.
The Blackwater Gold Mines are located 20 miles from Atolia which has a massive amount of mines but no amenities. The roads are easy to navigate and will dry conditions claimant could get a high clearance 2WD vehicle to the site. This property consists of 2 shafts and 2 adits. The lowest shaft, mine 02792 is mostly collapsed. Mine 02791 is an adit that goes in about 10 feet and then has a winze that connects to Mine 11305.
The mine cuts are clean and stable, showing no slough or issues. The rock is hard and requires no timber work. Air quality was excellent in the workings and never deviated below 19.2. No CO2 or other abnormal gases were detected.
Due to the location of this claim, it could be worked all winter long. Access is good with 4 wheel drive and provides for no major challenges. There are no resources on the claim so claimant should plan to pack in all required food, water, and supplies.
History of the Mines
The Blackwater Prospect is characterized as a volcanic hosted precious-metal hydrothermal cell. The Blackwater flow dome complex is characterized by; (1) acid-sulfate alteration assemblages, brecciation and silicification, and (3) anomalous precious metal and trace element values which suggest this prospect represents the upper portion of a hydrothermal gold-silver system.
The Blackwater Prospect is located approximately twenty miles east of the Randsburg-Johannesburg Mining District in San Bernardino County, in Sections 26, 27, 34, and 35, Township 29 South, Range 43 East. The prospect area is readily accessible by gravel roads east of U.S. Highway Route 395.
The mines are located west of the Blackwater Well Wilderness Study Area, north of the Historical Site at Blackwater Well, and south of the China Lake Weapons Testing Center.
The Blackwater Well Historical Site, south of the Butte, was a watering station for the 20 mule teams which hauled borax from Death Valley to Mohave.
Westmont (formerly Nicor) staked the property in 1984 and conducted an initial evaluation. In 1987, the area was restaked by P. Drobeck, J.P. Rogowski and L.W. Watson, who leased the unpatented claims to Homestake Mining Company in 1988. A detailed evaluation has been conducted and a drilling program proposed to test this hypothesis.
Summary of Geochemistry:
High Values — Background Values Au 2.1 ppm — 0.020 ppm Ag 213 ppm — 0.10 ppm As 5500 ppm — 50 ppm Sb 1300 ppm — 5 ppm Hg 60 ppm — 0.10 ppm
The anomalous precious metal values and trace element signatures indicate the existence of a precious metal hydrothermal system at Blackwater Butte and have aided in the identification of numerous target areas. Precious metals and trace element values and exposed alteration assemblages suggest high to moderate potential exists for concealed precious metal mineralization.