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Gold / Silver Mining Claim New Mexico Lode Mine + Prospects- Hidalgo

1870's Native / Free-Mill Gold Mine + Tailings onsite


Location: Hachita, New Mexico

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APACHE Mining District Department of Land Transfer Info Equipment Feedback Other Claims for Sale Contact Us Add To Favorites ENTERPRISE MINE The Enterprise Mine is a very old gold/silver mine located in the Apache No.2 District of Hidalgo County, in New Mexico. This mine is real nice decline adit cut on a 30-degree angle and it is open and in good shape. .This mine was reported located in roughly 1870, some work was done from 1870-1880, and $17,000.00 in gold was reported. Indian raids were the main cause of the abandonment of the workings. There were many reports of miners being ambushed and killed at their mines up until 1896 or so when the Army was brought in to help reign in some control as New Mexico and Arizona were considered for statehood. That happened in 1912 but mining was dropping due to war concerns at the time. The Enterprise Mine has been historically worked for the native gold that the area is known for. There is some evidence and documentation that copper and silver were also worked in the area. There are a variety of prospects around the claim and two nearby mines that are both adits and shafts that cut into the same quartz vein (although not within the borders of this claim). Inside the mine you can expect to find more quartz, iron and bits of gold. My team reported some nice veins of galena with very defined crystallization, also lead and silver and some gold was visible in the workings. The mine is still open and the hard rock it was cut into shows now signs of degradation. There are substantial workings and open mines throughout this entire area. But the Enterprise Mine is the one that showed the most native or free-milling gold. There are some scattered mining relics in the area, and there is substantial copper and azurite that can be seen throughout the workings and tailings. QUICK FACTS ON THE MINE: This claim is a little off the beaten path - at least the last 650 feet or so is, as the road to the claim has been mostly reclaimed by nature and the elements. I would recommend 4 wheel drive in order to be able to park right next to the mine. The old road prior to the last 650-feet is in fairly good condition but there are spots that are rutted and overgrown. The claim boasts nice views of the entire valley below, looking north into New Mexico and south into Mexico. Old mining relics and miners trash are as common as rock out here. It's a beautiful, harsh and remote area with a stunning little mine that was so named for the variety of minerals that it produced. Acres: 20.66Type: Lode County: Hidalgo Mining District: Apache, New Mexico Commodities: Primary: Silver & Copper Secondary: Gold This mineral rich area in far southwest New Mexico has been mined since the late 1800's. Gold, silver, copper, and lead have all been mined in the past. The Apache Hills also boasts some of the most colorful minerals available to collectors, including bright green malachite, blue-green Chrysocolla, and vivid blue azurite and turquoise. Hidalgo County draws rock hounds from all over with its moderate weather, beautiful scenery, reasonable accommodations, and vast miles of minerals pockets. If rocks are your thing, Hidalgo County has hundreds of places you will love to explore! Drive north from Lordsburg to find opals, fire agates, and chalcedony near the Summit Site. Search the remnants of mining claims of the Pyramid Mountains near Lordsburg for bornite, lead, linarite, azurite, and other minerals. Around Red rock, there is ricolite. Near the Coronado Forest (almost to the border of Mexico), search for geodes and Apache tears. Cross Granite Gap to find fields of quartz or explore Skeleton Canyon for agates and rhyolite. GOLD MINING: Prospecting in Hidalgo County began in 1870 but no serious mining could be attempted until the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880. From 1880 to 1893 the emphasis was on precious metals, especially silver. Base metals did not attract much attention until after the price of silver dropped disastrously in 1893. Proximity to smelters at El Paso, Texas and Douglas, Arizona, has favored development of mining in Hidalgo County, especially since much of the copper-silver gold ore from the Lordsburg district can be shipped directly to smelters as siliceous flux. The gold-producing districts of New Mexico are distributed in a northeastward-trending mineral belt of variable width that extends diagonally across the State, from Hidalgo County in the southwest corner to Colfax County along the north-central border. From 1848 through 1965 New Mexico is credited with a gold production of about 2,267,000 ounces; however, several million dollars’ worth of placer gold was mined prior to 1848. (Samples that were pulled and tested) Hidalgo County has two ghost towns- Both are available for tours Shakespeare- is 2.5 miles from Lordsburg and offers an authentic look into the mining era of the past. The first silver strike was in 1870 and the resulting town, then called Ralston, grew to over 3,000 residents. Thriving as an overland mail stage stop, a mining town, and the only point of merchandise sales in the area, it died with the arrival of the railroad (three miles away) which began Lordsburg and the closure of mines in the 1893 depression.Steins- was established as a stop on the Butterfield Overland Stage route in the mid 1800's. When the Civil War began, Congress closed the stage line. The Army set up a communication station in Steins to signal news about Geronimo and other renegades. Later, the Southern Pacific Railroad built a work station in Steins, which sustained it until trains switched to diesel after WWII. The town then vacated. Nice Gold (Au) Readings Some overhead pictures of the claim and surrounding area 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. ***Samples were pulled from our last visit. Portable X-Ray Fluorescence field units (also known as XRF guns) are commonly used by large commercial mining operations, well-equipped/funded private prospectors and even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as many other government agencies for the most accurate field sampling in the quickest amount of time. In no way do we advise that you base all of your commercial mining valuations on just one or two samples (regardless of how accurate the method that you use to sample is), but this extremely precise and versatile $40,000 device is equipped with powerful X-ray tubes, specialized filters, highly advanced detectors, and multi-beam optimization that efficiently analyzes the chemistry of the rock, soil, and sediment that hosts metals, for a quick and extremely accurate analysis of even trace levels of metals like silver, lead, gold, platinum, copper and many other elements. Today’s highly sensitive XRF Handhelds (we use the best unit available on the market – an Olympus Delta Premium with a full mining package) work by emitting an x-ray beam with enough energy to displace the electrons in the inner shells of the atoms that differ from the energy it gives off leading to a loss of energy in that atom. The specific loss of energy identifies the elements that are present in the sample. While fire assay is still the most widely used way to gauge how much or a particular metal (like gold and silver) is present in a sample since it can test the entire sample, it is an expensive process and takes many weeks to get an answer. XRF technology is the fastest and most accepted method in existence today for sampling a few millimeters (or deeper depending on the type of host rock sampled) into the surface of even the hardest rock, and the accuracy is measured in 1 to 2 parts per million (PPM) Nice Gold (Au) readings GEOLOGY: Three periods of mineralization can be recognized in Hidalgo County. Late Cretaceous to early Tertiary (Laramide), Middle Tertiary, and Late Tertiary to Quaternary. Of greatest commercial importance are high-temperature base-metal veins and contact metasomatic deposits formed during the first period in and around porphyritic intrusive bodies. Next in importance are low-temperature gold-, silver-, and lead-bearing veins formed during the second period. They are generally associated with volcanic rocks and their fine-grained intrusive equivalents. Some of the low-temperature psilomelane and fluorite veins of the third period grade into surficial hot-spring deposits. Hidalgo County has many features of unusual geologic interest, among then the Lordsburg district, the most important example of the copper-tourmaline class of ore deposits in the United States, several examples of hypo gene zoning, especially in the Lordsburg and San Simon districts, the association of contact metasomatic deposits with small bodies of felsite differentiated from larger porphyry bodies rather than with the porphyry bodies themselves, in the San Simon, Apache No. 2, and Fremont districts and the gradation of Plio-Pleistocene manganese and fluorite veins into travertine deposits in the Animas and Cap rock Mountain districts. Cerrillos is not only an uncommon and unique form of native New Mexican turquoise, but has a history entwined with both ancient Native peoples of the Southwest and more recent American mining companies. Cerrillos turquoise was created and mined under unusual circumstances. It is the only turquoise that formed at the base of a volcano. Thus, a variety of colors developed from the minerals in the various volcanic host stones. In fact, seventy-five colors have been identified, from tan to khaki-green to rich, blue-green to bright and light colors. Cerrillos is a very hard stone and so takes a brilliant polish. ABOUT THE MINING DISTRICT Apache Mining District in Hidalgo County, NM A noteable claim in the district is the Apache mine, between 1880 and 1929 it shipped thousands of tons of low-grade malachite-calcite ore as calcareous flux to the El Paso and Douglas smelters. Total production probably exceeded $100,000. Since 1929, there has been sporadic exploration but only small-scale production. The deposit was formed by contact metasomatic replacement of limestone beds in the Cretaceous U-Bar Formation near a rhyolitic phase of the Apache Hills composite stock. In addition to about 2 percent copper and 3 ounces of silver per ton, the ore locally contains lead, zinc, bismuth, and tungsten (Strongin, 1957). Mining in New Mexico began long before discoveries were made in any of the other Western States. The copper deposits at Santa Rita were known and mined late in the 18th century, and placer gold mining began as early as 1828 in the Ortiz Mountains south of Santa Fe. In 1839 placer deposits were discovered farther south along the foot of the San Pedro Mountains. The earliest lode mining, except the work at Santa Rita, dates back to 1833 when a gold-quartz vein was worked in the Ortiz Mountains New Mexico was incorporated as a Territory of the United States at the close of the Mexican War in 1846, but, because of its isolation, the general lack of knowledge of the region, and the hostility of the Apache Indians, it was not until about 1860 that prospectors and miners were attracted to the region. All mining in the Territory was suspended during the Confederate invasion in 1861-62, and later mining was frequently interrupted by Indian raids. New ore discoveries in the middle and late 1860's and in the 1870's stimulated mining in the Territory. In the 1870's, many miners settled and worked in Hidalgo County, but it was isolated and made it difficult to transport ore out. With the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880. precious metals could be shipped economically from the county, mainly silver. In 1893, silver prices dropped sharply and the exploration for other metals began. Most ores were shipped as flux to smelt. After the "rush," other ores exceeded gold and silver. The Lordsburg district produced Between 1904 and over 4,000,000 tons of siliceous fluxing ore and milling grade ore, which yielded about 156,000,000 pounds of copper, 4,400,000 pounds of lead, 500,000 pounds of zinc, 157,000 ounces of gold and 6,700,000 ounces of silver between 1904 and 1961. The Phelps Dodge Copper Smelter located in southern Hidalgo County and remained a high performing flash furnace smelter from the early 1970's until copper price dips caused its closure in 1999. As mining decreased, other industries moved in. Mercantile, travel amenities, pig farms, geothermal rose farming, and even a tilapia hatchery functioned successfully in the county. Of course, farming and ranching began before mining and continued after it ceased at large scale. GEMSTONES FOUND IN THE DISTRICT: Vanadinite is highly sought after by mineral collectors due to its wide range of brilliant colors and high luster. Usually in well-developed, hexagonal crystals, it is a widely distributed and relatively common mineral in orebodies mined for lead, particularly in arid regions. Our team did come across some vanadinite on the claim.Significant vanadinite occurrences in New Mexico are primarily in Grant and Sierra Counties in the southern part of the state. Vanadinite has, however, been reported from seven other counties, most of which are also in southern New Mexico. As of November 2008, 66 locations in New Mexico are reported to have vanadinite. Additional sites will undoubtedly come to light in the future. CLIMATE The weather in Hidalgo County is considered moderate, with about 360 days of sunshine a year. The warmest month is June and the coolest month is January. Average rainfall fluctuates around 10 inches a year, with most precipitation in July, the "monsoon month." New Mexico’s pleasant climate has long been one of its greatest attractions, especially for those seeking a comfortable retirement or relief from respiratory and other ailments. MAPS 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 both claims are on the map as well as provide you with the precise latitude and longitude of each corner marker, so finding them will not be a problem for you. All Pictures are of the actual property – no stock photographs were used This auction is for full/all interest in this 20.66 acre lode mining claim. This claim covers the entire site, 1,500 ft. by 600 ft., and includes full rights to all minerals, gems and just about whatever else you may find on the property. 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. Maintenance on all BLM mining claims is $155.00, per 20 acre parcel, annually. This must be paid on or before September 1st, every year unless you do more than $100 per year in improvements to the property, in which case you can file for and receive a waiver of the maintenance fee. NOTE: 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 can only plan on paying $10 per year for your maintenance fee instead of $155. And let me just re-state once more the answer to the one question that I get asked the most often; you are bidding for full claim ownership, not just a down payment or a part of this 20.66 acre claim. Auction end price is the final price for the entire site – there are no phony transfer fees or handling costs of any kind! Transfers of Ownership in Mining Claims; Interest in a properly recorded mining claim or site may be transferred in part or its entirety. So you can will, gift, sell or lease your interest in this claim at any time in the future. A quitclaim deed or recordable conveyance document is required and if you do sell the claim, the transfer documents should be filed within 60 days after the transfer. 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 recording. Then if you ever want to will or sell your claim in the future, we will gladly assist you on the paperwork for no charge. Can you camp / build on your mining 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 Proud Member of: A mining claim gives the holder the right to mine on mineral-rich land that belongs to the federal government. Mining claims are a tangible asset and show proof of all interests in minerals in the area. They can be bought, sold or used as collateral, just like any other piece of real estate. A mining claim can be sold, traded, leased, gifted, willed, used as collateral or transferred in part or in its entirety just like any other real property using a quitclaim deed which is a recordable conveyance. We offer a lifetime guarantee should the BLM take back the land. As the largest company in the mining industry selling legitimate and valuable historic claims, you can rest assured that you are not only covered with our 100% lifetime money-back guarantee, but you can also rest easy that there is no fine print on any of our claim auctions telling you will have to deal with any games like being charged phony fees or having to pay inflated “processing” or “transfer” fees. The final auction price for this mine when the auction ends is ALL you will pay. Our in-house legal counsel will complete all of the paperwork and documentation for recording and transferring FULL ownership of this mine into your name if you win the auction, AND we will ship you everything in one to two business days of receipt of your payment in full (usually just one day!). So you can plan to visit (and start working) your claim the next day without the lengthy delay you will experience with other companies selling claims –and you will not have to pay any extra costs, fees or other poor excuses for extra profit that normally just go into a seller’s pocket.BID WITH CONFIDENCE- we are a very reputable eBay seller, with 100% POSITIVE feedback rating, eBay I.D. Verified AND PayPal Verified with over 18,000 payments received, and not a single Paypal complaint or dispute.-PLUS- We'll take care of all the paperwork and arrangements so you can enjoy your claim immediately after payment and we keep you informed through the entire process with confirmations when payment is received, when your paperwork has been shipped. While we cannot physically ship land to you as it doesn't quite fit into the mail box ;) We will ship all paperwork/maps upon payment clearing we ship same business day (if payment is received by 1PM P.S.T.) We always provide tracking information so you are always informed. Your payment of this eBay item gives you 100% ownership of this entire claims, all fees and other costs for the transfer of ownership is included. This is NOT an auction for the down payment, this is NOT a partnership arrangement where someone else will own part of the claim with you, and there are NO fees or costs for the transfer of this claim in your name. PayPal does not allow payments for real estate or land purchases, and mining claims are considered real estate - so we are unable to accept payments through PayPal at this time. Should PayPal ever change that policy, we will accept payments for mining claims through PayPal. We DO accept: Personal and Business Checks, Cashier's checks, Personal checks, Bank Wires, ACH payments as well as all major Credit Cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard & Discover). We provide financing plans with no interest or fees. Financing terms are minimum of $500** down and the balance due within 90-days. For longer term financing, please touch base with us, as we may be able to provide automatic credit card billing for terms up to 12 months. *Please contact us first should you decide on a payment plan. **If there is less than 90 days until August 1st and automatic $155 will be added bringing the down to $655 to cover the maintenance fees.

  • Seller State of Residence: California
  • Property Address: Hachita, NM 88040
  • Type: Unpatented Mining Claims
  • Zoning: Minerals
  • Acreage: 20.66
  • Zip/Postal Code: 88040
  • Mining District: Apache Mts
  • State/Province: New Mexico
  • Commodities: Gold, Silver, Copper
  • City: Hachita
  • Featured Refinements: Gold Mining Claim