Queen of the Hills Mining Claim

Queen of the Hills Mining Claim

Product Description

Queen of the Hills Mining Claim

Including Mines and prospects.

Vipond Mining District, Beaverhead County, Montana


National Bureau of Mines; Mine Registration ID:

MTBEA00326; MTBEA00327


National Bureau of Mines Claim ID #



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Queen of the Hills Claim and Mine Information:

Claim Information:

The drive up to the Queen of the Hills Claim through Canyon Creek and through Vipond Park, and the short drive up Queens Gulch offer gorgeous views of pristine forest. The mine is located on the southeast flank of Sheep Mountain in the Queens Gulch drainage . The road up to the claim was very accessible. The claim itself is located on a gently sloping hillside that is covered with grasses and evergreens. The tailings pile is sparsely vegetated with grasses. There is the equivalent of a small spring on the claim that is coming from a lower culverted adit that is collapsed just past the end of the culvert. The discharge flows into a depression behind the adit’s tailings and infiltrates the ground. At the base of the dump, the water re-emerges as a seep and runs down the hillside a short distance before sinking into the ground again. Adit and tailings are about 600’ from Queens Gulch Creek. Near the base of one of the upper tailings piles is a collapsed ore shoot and near the northeast end of the trench is a small powder room or cellar. Aside from the main features described on the claim, there is evidence of disturbed land which hints at the extensive nature of the previous mining here. There are no structures near the adit, however, there are two cabins nearby that are in poor condition (and off the claim site). There are various bits of steel cable, metal drums, large nuts and bolts and various other remnants of machinery and tools throughout the claim area. A 10-stamp Queen of the Hills mill was built in 1901 in the valley below the Queen of the Hills mine. Mineralogy of vein fragments on the Queen of the Hills tailings indicates that only oxidized ore was processed here. The remnants of the mill and four cabins are present upstream of the mine. The structures are in bad condition, having partially or completely collapsed. No buildings remain on the site, though there is enough timber/lumber remaining on the claim that suggests there might have been some buildings here at one time. The Claim has several potential staging areas that were used in the past and could be used again.

The Mines:

The Queen of the Hills claim consists of a lower adit that has a large, 6’ x 10’ culvert with a good deal of water flowing out of it. It is collapsed just past the end of the culvert. Across from the culvert is a very large tailings pile rife with quartz, pyrite, galena (with acanthite or possibly freibergite), hematite and limonite (lepidocrocite and jarosite). Uphill from the culverted adit is a large linear feature, approximately 500 feet long and 30 feet wide, that resembles a trench, but is likely more of a long collapse feature; as the walls are too steep and too deep to be a trench. To the south of the Adit there are several large, separated tailings. No entrances remain open, there is no access to the inner workings of the mine in its current condition. There was no wildlife observed in the mines.

Claim Specific Geology

The Queen of the Hills Mine is located in the Quartz Hill (Vipond) Mining District, Custer County, Idaho. Paleozoic strata that underlie this district, in the center of the northern part of the map area, have been folded about northwest trending axes and broken by northwest and north-northeast to northeast-trending faults. Ore deposits are veins and replacement bodies mainly in the Cambrian Hasmark Formation. The veins trend north-northeast and northeast. Production from the district between 1867 and 1962 has totaled an estimated $2 million, of which the bulk has come from silver-rich replacement deposits in the Lone Pine mine. Deposits there were localized by fractures in the Hasmark Formation and near a fold crest beneath the less permeable Red Lion Formation (Cambrian). The Cannivan stock, a multi-phase Late Cretaceous-Early Tertiary intrusion ranging from granodiorite to quartz monzonite, forms skarn at its contact with Paleozoic carbonates and hosts the Cannivan Gulch stockwork molybdenum deposit discovered in 1968 (Hammitt and Schmidt, 1982).

Host/wall rock:

The host rock is mapped as gneiss, and gneissic rocks were observed in and around the tailings, but the massive amounts of quartz veining suggests the mine might have penetrated into the granodiorite that intruded nearby the claim area.

Mineral Deposits:

Minerals observed in the rocks and tailings are typical of vein and replacement mineralization. The mineral assemblage of quartz veins with limonite and galena group minerals suggest the mine was indeed a lead-silver-gold-zinc producer.
Workings investigate a quartz-iron oxide vein near the contact of granite and phyllite of the Belt Supergroup. Both host rocks contain abundant sericite alteration products. Winchell (1914) reported native silver, argentite (aka acanthite), cerussite, galena, pyrite and chalcopyrite. The vein strikes N42E and dips 87NW (Geach, 1972) and is 4-10’ wide.
Winters et al (1994) observed six caved shafts and 1,500’ of underground workings. Production records from 1914 show 10 oz Au, 39 oz Ag, and 88 lbs of Cu from 9 tons of ore.


Marvin et al., 1998. Abandoned/Inactive Mines of the Southern Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Mineral Resource Database System




1:24,000 scale USGS 7.5’ topographic quadrangle ‘Vipond Park’

1:500,000 scale USGS geologic map of Montana

‘Map showing bedrock geology of the Vipond Park, Stine Mountain, and Maurice Mountain quadrangles, Pioneer Mountains, Beaverhead County, Montana’

As usual, we recommend that you file a Notice of Operation with the BLM or local Forest Service office, so that they know you are there. This doesn’t cost anything as long as you are operating as casual use. If you need assistance with writing this up, we can provide templates and direction, and if needed, legal counsel to make sure that everything goes according to your plans.


Image of the Actual Queen of the Hills Claim Staking and site.

Claim Location Details:


Small powder room, Collapsed ore chute

Number of Mines

1 adit, 1 Trench/collapsed adit

Surrounding Mining Claims

Little Goldie, Faithful Mines


Pine trees, Small Stream


8200 Feet above sea level

Mine Details:

Mine Cut


Average Height X Width


Total Depth



Culvert, that leads to a collapsed entrance


Large Tailings pile with some minerals present

Foot Traffic


National Bureau of Mines ID

MTBEA00326; MTBEA00327

Mine Rating

C Rating

Map of claim.

Area around Queen of the Hills Mine.

Small stream coming from colvert.

Sample of iron rich rock outside mine.

Vipond Mining District History:

GRE has our own field and in house Geologist. They examine each mine, and determine actual potential. This potential is based on real history, onsite examinations and knowledge of the sites. This is to help you make a more educated decision about the mining claim you may wish to purchase. The gold and minerals are out there, and there is a lot of it. It’s just a matter of determining which mines are going to actually be able to produce. If you need more information, please feel free to contact our office and set an appointment to discuss your desired property with our geologists.

Vipond District:

The Vipond mining district is located on the northern end of the Pioneer Mountains where some of the most important silver strikes of the Pioneer range were made. Vipond Park is a high plateau (roughly ten square miles in size) with an elevation of 8000 ft, The plateau is surrounded by high rugged mountains and ridges. The plateau that the district occupies is about 2,000 feet above Wise River, Bighole River, and Canyon Creek, which nearly surround it. It is not a true plateau, for it is hemmed in by higher land in several directions to the east and south by mountains that rise 1,000 feet or more above the town of Vipond. Canyon Creek occupies a narrow and very deep gorge in these mountains, but has not yet eroded back far enough to drain the Vipond district. Its gorge, like that of Trapper Creek, is lined with glacial moraines. South of Vipond a moraine forms a ridge, resting upon and rising 50 to 100 feet above the solid rock on the north side of the gorge. The Sheep Mountain at 9578 feet is the highest peak in the district. The Vipond district was named after the first claim, made in 1867 by the Vipond brothers (Winchell 1914:78) and is generally included as part of the Quartz Hill district. No mining was in progress in the district during the field season of 1910, but the Benton Mining & Milling Co. is reported to have been active in 1909. The low price of silver has practically stopped mining operations in this district.

The first mining claim in the area was filed by John Vipond who located the Mewonitoc lode in April of 1868. His brothers, Joseph and William, soon were also prospecting the area. In 1869 William located the Gray Jockey mine. Further prospecting was done in 1870 and 1871. Development of producing mines was slow, in part, due to the lack of transportation. At this same time, the town of Dewey developed adjacent to the Big Hole River at the junction of the gulch leading to the Vipond and Quartz Hill mines. In order to get their ore to the smelters, in 1872 the miners built a road from the mines to Dewey, and then along the Big Hole River to Divide. Three pan-amalagamation mills were constructed in Dewey, in part to treat the Vipond Park ore.

Although most of the area’s production came from the Lone Pine mine in the Quartz Hill district, the Gray Jockey mine and mill in Vipond Park yielded 22,789 ounces of silver from 2,161 tons of ore. Another productive mine, the Faithful, produced 268 tons of ore netting 1,569 ounces of silver (Sassman 1941; Geach 1972).

The Queen of the Hills mine was purchased for $75,000 by Charles W. Clark and E. L. Whitmore of Butte in 1900. The partners hired about 50 men to develop the property as a gold mine and construct a 10-stamp mill. In 1902 the mine and mill were acquired by the Tombstone Mining Company but there is no record that the mine ever produced any significant amounts of paying ore. Other than sporadic small-scale work by lessees, little further mining activity occurred in the district for the next two decades (Sassman 1941; Geach 1972; Winchell 1914).

The 1920s and 1930s saw renewed production from the Faithful, Gray Jockey and a few smaller operations but production declined after 1937 (Sassman 1941). Production figures for the district in the 1880s and 1890s are not known but total recorded production from 1902 to 1965 for the Vipond Park and Quartz Hill area was 57,261 tons of ore which yielded 1,118 ounces of gold, 1,024,485 ounces of silver, 198,991 pounds of copper, 72,032 pounds of lead and 500 pounds of zinc (Geach 1972).



Regional Geology and Ore Deposits:

The country rock in the northeastern part of the district is a bluish-grey Paleozoic limestone while much of the plateau is covered with glacial gravels, probably from outwash from Sheep Mountain (Winchell 1914: 78-79). The veins of ore, usually in shoots in a gangue of quartz and silicious limestone, commonly strike north and dip steeply west. The metals present are chiefly lead and silver, with a little copper and gold.

The ore minerals in the oxidized zone include cerusite, wulfenite, cerargyrite, native silver, malachite, azurite; and chrysocolla, and in the sulphide zone galena, argentite, pyrargyrite, and sphalerite. Silver-copper glance,1 or.stromeyerite, is reported from this district.The country rock in the northeastern part of the district is a bluish-gray Paleozoic limestone. Much of the “park” is covered with glacial gravel, probably derived from the mountain west of Vipond, locally called Sheep Mountain. Along the northeastern base and slope of this mountain are outcrops of slates and quartzites, i Raymond, R. W., Mineral resources west of Rocky Mountains, 1872. which probably belong to the Cambrian but which may include part of the Belt series (Algonkian). They are overlain by shales and these by limestones, probably Cambrian. The northern slope of the mountain is occupied partly by gneiss, which appears again near its southern base.The Queen of the Hills mine lies just south of Sheep Mountain, at an altitude of about 8,200 feet, in gneiss and schist cut by aplitic dikes. Its ore, unlike that of most of the mines in the district, is valued chiefly for its gold, though it contains also native silver, argentite, cerusite, galena, pyrite, and chalcopyrite. The vein on the Rich Hill claim strikes east or east-southeast and dips north. The ore is said to be pockety and irregular. About 3 miles northeast of Vipond prominent outcrops of silver-bearing veins occur along the summit of Quartz Mountain, a south- east-northwest ridge about 2 miles long and half a mile wide, sloping gently to the southeast. The country rock is Paleozoic limestone dipping about 30° S. The veins, consisting chiefly of quartz with some barite, are nearly vertical and strike either north or east. They fault the limestone and contain the same ore minerals as are found elsewhere in the district. At the Benton mine the ore is highly quartzose and contains barite, malachite, chrysocolla, galena, and pyrolusite. The Quartz Hill mine, which is reported to have produced considerable concentrating ore prior to 1894, is situated in the southwest corner of sec. 30, T. 1 S., E. 10 W.

A mill for treatment of the silver ore of this mine was first erected at Dewey, on Bighole River, and later was moved up the creek to the mine. The mill, now dismantled, was evidently at one time well equipped for handling a moderate tonnage of ore. The size of the waste dumps and ponded tailings indicates that it ran for several years. The waste dumps consist mainly of decomposed sandy limestone, but fragments of ore were found showing cerargyrite, embolite, galena, and bornite in a quartz-barite gangue. The workings were not accessible at the time of examination, but it is locally reported that work was suspended because of the low price of silver.

District Overview:

Current District

Vipond District

District Aliases

Quartz Hill


Beaverhead County

Discovered/ Organized


Noted Commodities

Silver, gold, galena, pyrite, argentite

Minerals on the Claim:


Gold, Native silver, Cerusite, Chalcopyrite, Pyrite, Galena, and Argentite

Observed in Mines

Unknown due to collapse

Observed in Tailings

Gold, Iron

Mine Age

110 years

Last Worked


Iron rich tailings.

More Claim Photos:

Beautiful sample of quartz.

Massive tailings pile. Gives you an idea of the size of the mine.

Old pile of bricks on the claim.

Old miner’s cabin, just outside of claim area.

Large tailings pile.

Old miners cabin just outside of claim area.

Iron ore mixed with quartz in the tailings.

More iron ore found with quartz in the tailings.

The rich iron ore has been chipped off. The stains is still seen on the quartz.

More rich gold ore.

Old metal scraps and other mining artifacts are found scattered around the site.

What is being sold:

You are purchasing on one (1), lode mining claim, owned and located by GRE, Inc. This purchase is for all interest in this claim. This claim has been examined and documented by an actual Geologist who has verified the information and potential mineral content of the site.This claim is as represented and documented above. This claim measures 1500ft by 600ft, for a total of 20.66 acres, unless otherwise noted.The claim and the mine has been verified and recorded with the National Bureau of Mines. For more information on this, please contact the National Bureau of Mines on their website. This mining claim gives the owner full control of the minerals and ownership of all lodes, minerals and gems on the claim for as long as the purchaser maintains ownership. Ownership is retained by annual maintenance assessments of $140 payable to the BLM. This fee is per claim, per year.

This claim is paid in full until September 1st of 2014.

These claims have been described to the best of our ability above. They have been measured, staked and validated by a field Geologist. Ownership of this lode claim(s) gives the registered owner full control and ownership of all locatable lodes and minerals that may be located on the claim and or underground as accessed by the tunnels. Lodes and veins that travel underground are covered by this claim for as deep as they travel unless intercepted by another tunnel. GRE is not selling any stocks, shares, securities or any sort of speculative investment.

This claim has been staked according to state law to include all of the mines and land as pictured. GRE has placed all stakes on all corners as required by law. Any claim that has no stakes is not considered legal or valid by the BLM and can and will be invalidated. The sale of this claim and the information contained therein does not imply or guarantee values, assay reports, or future earnings. GRE, Inc. makes no guarantees, neither written nor implied of any past, present or future value or mineral content. GRE, Inc. recommends that all buyers make all efforts to inform themselves on the interests and legalities of mining claims prior to bidding or purchasing mining claims. If you have questions about mining or mining claims, please feel free to contact us via Phone or Email. We can connect you with the right person to answer all of your questions.

GRE is available via phone or email during normal business hours. Our offices are open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.The GRE team is educated, knowledgeable and competent to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Payment Requirements:

Full payment or contract is required within 7 days of sale without exception. Failure to meet this requirement will result in claim being re-listed or offered to other buyers. Purchasing a mine on this website implies consent to the GRE Purchase Agreement. This purchase agreement is mandatory and must be signed and returned to GRE within 7 days after purchase. The purchase agreement states our commitments to you and your understanding of what is being sold and transferred.


We require a deposit of $1000.00 within 24 hours of the sale. This is to secure your interest in the site while the remaining balance is in transit. If deposit is not received, the claim will be offered to others without exception.GRE accepts all forms of valid payment. This includes cash, check,credit card and verified gold or silver bullion. Silver and Gold Bullion payments are assessed at spot metal prices at the time they are received. GRE will send all correspondence to the email you specify. Please verify that your address is correct, we are not responsible for misdirected or un-received email.
Payment and signed Purchase Agreement/ Finance Contract are due in full within 7 days. If full payment is not received within 7 days, the deposit will be forfeited, and the site will be re-listed or offered to other buyers at the discretion of GRE.


In most cases we can offer financing of sites upon approved credit history. Financing requires roughly 24 hours to verify and approve. GRE approves financing for 99% of its applicants. Please call our office for more details on pre-approval and credit verification. Please be sure that you are pre-approved before committing to purchase, if you would like to finance a claim. Basic terms are minimum $2500.00 down or 25% of selling price over $10,000.00, whichever is more. The documentation fee of $349.00 per claim is added to this down payment, and a minimum monthly payment of $1000.00 or 1/12 of the amount owed, whichever is more. Minimum total down payment for any financed site is $2849.00. Finance term not to exceed 12 months. Other details and requirements may apply and are available upon request.

Terms & Conditions:

This is an UNPATENTED mining claim, and requires a yearly maintenance fee of $140 per year, per claim, (or submit a waiver to avoid paying fees) to retain ownership. The maintenance fees for the site will be paid and taken care of in full for the current year. No monies will be due to the BLM until September 1st of the current year, to retain ownership for the following year. In addition to the final price, there is a $349.00 documentation processing fee that is required of the purchaser. This fee is per claim. This fee covers all of the filing of paperwork in the proper counties and state and with the BLM.

All of GRE’s claim purchases require a Purchase Agreement. This purchase agreement verifies that the buyer has a full understanding of what is being purchased. The Purchase agreement also defines the rules and regulations related to mining claim purchases. A signed Purchase Agreement must be in place prior to execution of the Quit Claim deed. Full payment or completed, approved finance contract must be in place to transfer the claim.

Buyer will receive the following with their completed transaction:

  • Quit Claim deed showing full ownership of the claim. This will be stamped, recorded and verified with the County and BLM offices. No other paperwork required.

  • Welcome Packet with all of the rules and regulations as they relate to the State and BLM where the claim is located.
  • A CD of all documented images of the claim including a GRE survey and mapping of the site.
  • 24k map with claim marked & GPS coordinates
  • 100k map with claim marked out
  • Complimentary copy of the current issue of the 21st Century Gold Rush Newsletter
  • Official National Bureau of Mines Validated Certificate for each mine.
  • Official National Bureau of Mines Claim Certification document.
  • GRE Sticker
  • Other GRE Promotional Materials


Please note that all information and documentation will only be sent to the email address you have on file with GRE. Your documentation will also only be shipped to the address on file with GRE. Please verify this information. We do this for your security as well as ours. All documentation, payments, finance contracts and purchase agreement documents must be completed to begin the transfer of the Quit Claim. Quit claim can be transferred to any person or business specified once identity has been established. Documentation  fees cover all of the filing of paperwork in the proper counties and state and with the BLM. The purchaser will receive a Quit Claim deed transferring all interests in the claim. No monies due until September 1st, 2014.

Note: The documentation process generally takes 45-60 days to complete in full, add another 3-5 business days for transit of documentation to you. As part of the documentation process, we will need the following information from you:

  • Legal name(s) of the person(s) or business that should be listed as owner(s) on the claim
  • Legal mailing address including the county of the person(s) or business that should be listed as owner(s) on the claim
  • A valid phone number to contact the person(s) or business listed as owner(s) on the claim should the BLM need to make any contact.

All of these items are extremely important and failure to provide all accurate information could result in missed communications regarding your claim.

Be wary of buyers promising next day documentation, expedited documentation or free documentation. A Quit Claim deed needs to be recorded with the County, and the BLM before it is valid. There are a lot of verification steps and validations in that process.
If you didn’t pay anything for your documentation, You probably got what you paid for.

Legal Notes:

*This claim is not for any Speleothems, Stalactites or Stalagmites. This claim is not for any cave formations of any sort. *This claim is not for ownership of a cave or any sort of cave related items. It is for control of locatable minerals and the ability to secure the land on which your minerals are located. *This claim is for Mining Claims. Mining Claims are administered by the BLM. They are not administered, nor are they under any control by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. *This sale does not constitute any sale of stocks or other security interests that represent a current investment ownership interest in an entity. Nor does this sale represent any effort by individuals to raise money or find investors for Businesses. A mining claim is not ownership of the land. It is full control of locatable minerals. The BLM defines located minerals as: * Locatable minerals include both metallic minerals (gold, silver, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, etc.) and nonmetallic minerals (fluorspar, calcite, mica, certain limestone and gypsum, tantalum, heavy minerals in placer form, and gemstones). (Edited from: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/MINERALS__REALTY
__AND_RESOURCE_PROTECTION_/energy.Par.26680.File.dat/MiningClaims.pdf) The General Mining Law of 1872, as amended, opened the public lands of the United States to mineral acquisition by the location and maintenance of mining claims. Mineral deposits subject to acquisition in this manner are generally referred to as “locatable minerals.” A lode claim is defined as: “Jefferson-Montana Copper Mines Co., 41 L.D. 321(1912), established the full test for a lode claim: “To constitute a valid discovery upon a lode claim, three elements are necessary: 1. There must be a vein or lode of quartz or other rock-in-place, 2. The quartz or other rock-in-place must carry gold or some other valuable mineral deposit, 3. The two preceding elements, when taken together, must be such that as to warrant a prudent man in the expenditure of his time and money in the effort to develop a valuable mine.” Additionally, Federal statute does not describe what constitutes a valuable mineral deposit; therefore the government has adopted the “prudent man rule.” This rule determines value based on whether or not a person will consider investing time and money to develop a potentially viable mineral deposit. This rule was first stated by the DOI in 1894, in the adjudication of Castle v. Womble, 19 L.D. 455 (1894), the holding of which states: “…where minerals have been found and the evidence is of such a character that a person of ordinary prudence would be justified in the further expenditure of his labor and means, with a reasonable prospect of success in developing a valuable mine, the requirements of the statute have been met.” Note, this is site is not subject to the Cave Protection act of 1988, as Federal Law states: 16 USC Sec. 4308&01/08/2008 Sec. 4308. Miscellaneous provisions -STATUTE- (d) Existing rights Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to affect the full operation of the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States, or otherwise affect valid existing rights. -SOURCE-(Pub. L. 100-691, Sec. 9, Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4550.) REFERENCES IN TEXT The mining laws and mineral leasing laws of the United States, referred to in sub sec. (d), are classified generally to Title 30, Mineral Lands and Mining. The information above is cited from the official Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management page.

GRE Guarantee:

GRE Guarantees that this mining claim has been written correctly and accurately and has been physically staked on all corners. GRE will provide documentary evidence of all paper work and claim stakes for the claimant. It is understood by the buyer and the seller that all attempts have been made to verify accuracy and location in relation to this claim. In the case of inaccuracies or other issues, the Seller (GRE) will amend or modify and record any documents and physical monuments as deemed necessary at no cost to the buyer.

It is understood that the buyer will have up to one year to verify their purchase. This includes verification of location, staking, documentation, personal information and any other elements pertinent to this purchase. If within that one year, there are any modifications, inaccuracies or other issues, the buyer will immediately report these in writing to the GRE. GRE will make any revisions, modifications or otherwise required actions on behalf of the buyer, at no cost to the buyer, at the GRE’s discretion. After a period of one year from purchase date, there will be no further liability to the seller, regardless of the circumstances. The seller will not be required to execute any actions or documents for any reason without compensation.

Return Policy:

Due to the nature of this sale, returns are not applicable. In the case of any issues, we will work with the buyer to be sure that the buyer is satisfied with their purchase as per the GRE Guarantee. GRE does not refund cash. All refunds or adjustments will be given in the form of credits or merchandise of at least equal value.

About GRE:

Since 1999, Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc. (GRE, Inc.) has been locating and documenting valuable mining claim sites in the Western States. We research, locate and document historic and significant mines throughout the west. We sell mining claims, that’s it. We have teams dedicated and knowledgeable in exploration. We have an entire office staffed with experts in mining. We have a full legal team dedicated to monitoring and protecting our interests and yours! 

GRE is an actual “brick and mortar” business with an office that you can stop into. 
We do operate within normal business hours of 9am to 5pm MST. We can be reached in the office at 385-218-2138. You can feel free to stop in and see what we are working on. Our office has an extensive mining library and an impressive collection of mining artifacts and memorabilia. Mining claims can be tricky from state to state. GRE, Inc. has provided more mining claims than anyone else, to happy, satisfied customers. We will be here long after the sale to help out with most anything you need. We sell many claims to repeat buyers; this says a lot about what we are doing.
All of our claims and mines are registered and documented with the National Bureau of Mines.

GRE is the ONLY company that currently has claims and mines verification with the NBOM, if someone else is willing to lie to you about that verification, what else are they lying about??

GRE, Inc. surveys over 600 sites per month; Out of those surveys, we usually only claim 20-30 of those mines. The sites we offer are the best of the best. We don’t claim the first hole in the ground that we see. We research and document these sites. They are here because we believe them to have a good value. GRE has pioneered offering mining claims to the public at a reasonable rate, taking care of all the paperwork for you. We go the extra distance to make sure that everything is right and if it’s not, we will make it right.

In addition to your claim you will also have access to GRE, Inc.’s legal counsel, this is at cost, but they are familiar with what we do and very efficient at resolving any issues that may arise.

Mining Claim Facts:

According to federal mining laws, a Mining claim is a tangible asset; it shows proof of all interests in minerals in the area. It can be bought, sold or used as collateral, just like real estate. You likely don’t have ownership of the mineral rights on your own land. Any operations on a mining claim above what is considered “casual use” will require permits from the BLM. That said, there are a good many rights afforded to mine claimants. We have a great document that details what you can legally do on your claim. It is state and district specific, but it educates you in what your rights are, the first step in executing your rights is knowing them.

  • It is not legal to “live” on your mining claim without extensive permitting and bonds paid to the BLM.
  • It is not legal to “build” or make other improvements to your claim above “Casual Use” without permitting and bonds paid to the BLM.

Please do not be deceived by other sellers. If you want a piece of property to build on and make a summer house, this isn’t it. Buy real-estate, not a mining claim. “You will pay upwards of 50k at a minimum to get permitting to build any sort of crude living quarters on your mining claim and you will be required to reclaim that structure to BLM standards if you ever abandon the claim.” 

The recommended approach to maintaining your claim is to remember that although you have the mineral rights to the land, the land is still owned by the BLM. The BLM is concerned about public safety on their lands. Thus it would be wise to maintain a good relationship with the BLM and secure your mines to minimize danger to the public. Also keep you claim tidy and clean up after you finish. Leaving the site cleaner and safer than when you found it would be a good motto to live by. With a plan of operations you can fence off your site and keep the public out. There are no property taxes, just your annual assessment of $140 per year. Most large companies nowadays are looking to buy smaller sites since they haven’t been commercially worked and still have values in them. These types of claims typically have been held by individuals instead of large mining companies.

These claims are rare opportunities for actual mineral extraction. Hard rock mining has made many millionaires, but you don’t make anything without rights to the land. This claim gives you ownership of all lode mineral rights.

Glossary of Mining Terminology:

Adit -A horizontal access point to a mine 

Drift -An adit or shaft that chutes off from the main adit or shaft

Spine -The ceiling of a tunnel or shaft

Shaft -A vertical access point to a mine

Stope -A void from the mining of ore from inclined or vertical veins

Incline -An angled tunnel following an ore body

Winze -A vertical or inclined passage between levels in a mine

Face -The end of a mine, end of an adit or shaft

Tucker -Any animal feces found underground

Cyros -Any mine or prospect with no mineral value


Q: What is “Bureau of Mines Certified”?

A: The National Bureau of Mines does a full verification of all documents filed with counties and BLM. Then they record and verify all pictures, maps and description. Once this is complete, the mine is given a number and designation. This means that in the future, you could accurately retrieve all of this information on the mine. Once recorded, the claim boundaries do not change or vary. This also adds dollar value to the mines as the NBOM can verify details for banks, investors and others.

Q: If there are still precious metals inside, why don’t you mine it yourself?

A: Our business is location, documentation and preservation. If we worked at any mine all day, we wouldn’t have any time to locate and document other mines around the western states.

Q: Why buy a mining claim? What am I getting?

A: Purchasing a mining claim gives you ownership of the minerals on that 20 acre lot. You can hold, sell or trade these rights as you see fit. Claims can also be passed in wills, and as part of a family trust. The only caveat is to make sure that you are paying the annual assessment. There are no late payments, as soon as you miss that date; you lose your claim, no matter how long you have had it.

Q: Why would they leave valuable minerals behind?

A: Most of these were abandoned for good in the 1940s by federal law when gold and silver mining was banned and people were only allowed to file claims for Strategic Minerals. In the 1930s it had been made illegal to hold any stores of gold as well. Even if you had gold in your mines you couldn’t mine it. When this was repealed a few years after WWII, Gold was cheap at around $25 per ounce and silver was less than $2 per ounce; not very appealing to miners of the time.

Additionally, Miners were gamblers, leave a body of gold ore and maybe next year gold is up $10. Sell it then and make more money. Most large mining operations would leave 50% of the ores in the ground. Set aside specifically as a sort of “savings account”. Think of it as a 401k of today. Also, a lot of mines that ran silver saw the values fall to a low of .30 cents per ounce around turn of the century which effectively killed any profit to be made mining sites. Today silver sits at around $25.00 per ounce. That’s more than a 100x increase. Ore processing today usually extracts 90-95% of precious metals, while in the late 20s, mills were lucky to extract 25% of total value.

Q: Why buy from GRE?

A: Only GRE sells claims that are certified by the Bureau of Mines. This is huge. The fact is we do more work on the ground, and in the office than anyone out there. This relates to land verification, geology reports, mapping and the relevant items that make a mining claim worth having and holding. 

GRE is the only seller of mineral claims, on eBay or other sites that employs a full time geologist, who visits each and every mine. Documenting the real veins and trends that exist in the mines. No one else even attempts to do this. GRE Maps out every claim and shows you what you are getting. While others may shine a flashlight in a dark hole and tell you its a mine, we actually verify what is in there and what you can expect. Again, something that no one else even attempts.

Our passion is for mining and the history around it. We want people to get claims that are accurate and documented. Something you can pass down to your children. So we do more work, and make sure that all of our claims are rock solid, from top to bottom. There are no surprises here. 10 years from now, you will still be able to reproduce the same information on your mine. Additionally, you will be able to see a history of who has owned it and when, images, documents and any items that are available in relation to the mines will be captured with your National Bureau of Mines ID. 

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