Idaho Gold Placer Mining Claim-Boise Basin-Grimes Creek- Boise County 21.6 acres
The winner of this no-reserve auction will receive title to a
hard to find 21.6 acre unpatented Idaho Placer
Gold Mining Claim located in the heart of the Boise Basin Mining District along
Grimes Creek in Boise County,
Idaho. The claim is the Auric Verity
C which will be a segregated portion of BLM IMC 209148. The legal description of
the claim is Government Lot 17 (21.6 acres) of Section 21, Township 7 North, Range
5 East, Boise Meridian.
The claim is located on the lower bench placers of Grimes Creek,
just upstream from its confluence with Mud Creek. The claim lies at the confluence
of the Grimes Pass Mining District (http://www.mindat.org/loc-39464.html)
and the Idaho Mining City District (http://www.mindat.org/loc-39458.html)
in the Boise Basin
Basin was one of the
richest placer gold discoveries in history. Total gold production from 1863
through 1959 was 2,891,530 ounces of gold which is worth over $5 billion
dollars at today’s spot price. During this time the Boise
Basin produced more gold than the
entire State of Alaska.
There are hand stacked cobble piles from bench placer operations all over this
area. Mountains of bucket dredge tailings are still piled high to this day
along Grimes Creek right beside this claim.
The Auric Verity C claim is one of my personal favorite claims
because it is located in a very rich placer gold producing area which has relatively
large amounts of coarse gold in the streambeds and bench placers. This claim is
also located in one of the most amazingly scenic and beautifully remote parts of
has an absolutely awesome mining history.
This is one of my favorite areas to metal detect for nuggets
and relics and to highbank for coarse gold. I have recovered about 1 gram of
coarse gold per yard of rich ancient river bed bench material deposits in the
areas above the existing creek bottom at several places on this claim. This has
been accomplished as a one-man show with a shovel, a high banker and a water
pump on this claim. I have reliably produced about a nugget an hour with a Gold
Bug 2 metal detector on this claim over the years. The nuggets seem to seep out
of exposed outcroppings of decomposing granite and are also reliably found
lying in the bottom of the old placer diggings. The nuggets in the picture were
recovered from this claim in a few hours. An occasional Chinese coin or brass
trinket which was left behind by the early pioneers and fortune seekers will be
found while working this claim with a metal detector. I have found many 1 to 2
gram gold-in-quartz specimens on this claim with a metal detector.
Perhaps the real beauty is the ease of access to this claim.
It is located less than a mile north of the ghost town of Centerville where, as of last summer, there
were 3 or 4 small-scale trommel operations turning a profit. The claim is easily
accessible with a 2 wheel drive automobile or large RV and there are numerous areas
to camp on or near the claim. As you can see in the pictures, the Centerville-Pioneerville Road,
which is maintained by Boise
County, runs along the
western edge of the claim and you can drive your automobile on to the claim.
The claim is located within Idaho Fish and Game Hunting Unit
39 and it is located 12.4 road miles from the town of Idaho City, Idaho (Grocery
Store, Gas, Restaurants, 3 Bars, Post Office, Bank, Mining Supply Store, etc
and lots of great mining history). There is a great camping spot adjacent to
the claim, between the claim and the Centerville
Road which is accessible with a large RV. This camp
spot would make a great base camp from which to stage your hunting and mining operations.
There are ruins from old placer mining operations and water works with most of
the old water canals used for placer mining still in place. There are numerous other
cabins and mill sites in the area to explore. Paste these coordinates into your
web browser or mapping software (like Google Maps or Earth) to take a closer look
at the claim: 43 55 38.1 n 115 52 42.4 w.
This claim is the real deal for someone who wants to own a productive
bench placer gold mining claim in a historically productive mining district. This
area is home to many surviving small scale placer mining operations. If you are
interested in this claim, you will want to have a copy of the following report
entitled Geology and Gold Resources of Boise Basin. Paste the following link into
your browser to download the report:
There are also numerous other Idaho mining resources and news which can be
found on the following Mining Idaho website:
This claim is unique, because it is located adjacent to one of
the largest producing placer mining district in the United States. There has been lots of
gold produced from this claim and the surrounding area, but there is still more
to be found. I have found gold on this claim and it should produce to your reasonable
expectations with adequate effort. This is a great opportunity for a new prospector
to acquire a good gold producing mining claim or for someone with existing claims
in the area to expand there claim holdings on the Grimes Creek in the Boise Basin.
This claim would make an excellent claim for you mining group, prospectors club
or family because it is so easily accessible.
Please do your own research on the benefits and pitfalls of owning
an unpatented federal mining claim. An unpatented mining claim is an interest in
real property and a personal ownership of a portion of the public domain. An unpatented
mining claim does not necessarily give you the right to permanently occupy or construct
buildings on the site, nor does it provide a guarantee or warranty that any minimum
amount of valuable minerals exists. Ownership of an unpatented mining claim does
give you full and exclusive ownership of all valuable minerals (gold, silver, copper,
tungsten, etc) which are found on the claim and no person or government agency has
the right to deny you access to those valuable minerals. The federal legislation
which gave citizens the right to own this portion of the public domain of the United States of America
can be thought of as the original “Government Stimulus Package”. Just after the
end of the Civil War, Congress gave a huge incentive to the war-ravaged citizens
to head out west and to stake a claim on a new life, by granting us the right to
own the valuable mineral interest in public lands.
In some ways, owning a claim in the public domain can be more
beneficial to you, than owning simple title to the land outright. The new owner
of this gold mining claim will not be responsible for paying taxes or dues on the
claim and you will not be liable for damages arising out of the use of the site
by the public or for any environmental conditions caused by past uses of the site.
If you own fewer than 10 federal lode or placer mining claims, you will only be
required to pay a $10 annual fee and file an Affidavit of Assessment of Work and
a Small Miners Waiver with BLM to maintain ownership of the claim. If you own more
than 10 claims, or just don’t want to hassle with the extra paperwork you can simply
pay the $140 claim maintenance fee each year to BLM.
Idaho Department of Water Resources regulates gold dredging within
the public waters of the State of Idaho.
IDWR dictates which public waterways owned by the State of Idaho are open to gold dredging and how long
the gold dredging season will be for each river. IDWR issues a blanket permit to
dredge open waters called the Idaho Recreational Dredge Authorization permit, also
known as the "Letter Permit". The fee for this permit is $10 per year
for Idaho residents
and $30 per year for non-residents. You can research the regulations and suction
dredge gold mining seasons for each Idaho
waterway by searching “IDWR dredge rivers” in your web browser. The blank form you
will use to get the only permit you will need for recreational gold dredge mining
on open waterways within the State of Idaho can be found by searching “IDWR letter
permit” in your web browser.
The creeks located on this claim are tributaries of Grimes
Creek which is open year-round to recreational suction dredging in accordance
with the Letter Permit. An approved Letter of Intent should be filed with the Forest
Service for motorized dredging operations. It is suggested that you contact the
local ranger’s office and advise them you intend to use the claim for motorized
recreational suction dredging or motorized trommel operations.
The new claim owner will receive a recorded Quitclaim Deed with
no additional fees, assessments, paperwork or filing requirements until the next
annual Maintenance Fee or Small Miners Waiver is due at the end of next summer,
by September 1, 2013. You will be provided with a new IMC Number which you can use
to verify the actual public record of the mining claim you will own on the BLM’s
LR2000 website. I will also provide you with the Affidavit of Assessment Work forms
which should be filed in the future to perpetuate your claim to the valuable minerals.
The deed will be signed and notarized by each of the original locators of the mining
claim, and will be recorded in the public records of Camas County, Idaho at the
courthouse in the town of Fairfield and also filed with the Bureau of Land Management,
Idaho State Office located in Boise.
Please note that a $300 document, transfer and handling fee will
be added to the winning bid amount which will cover all of the postage and express
charges, legal and notary fees, and county recording and BLM transfer fees. Payment
of the winning bid amount plus the $300 fee is due within 7 days after the end of
the auction and is payable by cashier’s check or money orders received by US mail.
Rest assured that this mining claim transaction will be facilitated
by the actual locator of the mining claim who has over 20 years of experience in
transactions. Please see my 100% positive feedback and bid with confidence. The
final bid is the final total price for ownership of the mining claim. You will not
pay any rents or royalties in the future nor will you have to split the gold you
find with anyone else. A copy of the signed and notarized quitclaim deed will be
available to be emailed within 7 days of payment but please allow up to 3 weeks
to process the recording of the original transfer documents with the county and
The bidding begins at less than $56 per acre for this claim and
there is no reserve. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss any questions
or concerns you may have prior to the end of the auction.
Happy bidding and good luck prospecting!