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Seller: 1849claims (335) 100%, Location: Boise, Idaho, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 123900402422 There are several photos. Please allow them a moment to load, then scroll down. All photos were taken on the claim (unless otherwise noted) I'm often asked, "what's your best mine"? At the moment, it's definitely the Black Swan. Easy access, free milling gold, solid tunnels and located on the same veins as the Virtue Mine (the richest lode mine in Oregon) I'll talk about Virtue in a minute, but let's start with the Uncle Dan Mine, which is immediately adjacent to Black Swan Like most valuable mines, the Uncle Dan claims were patented into private land in the 1800's and remain so. Black Swan stayed in the public domain, but the two mines definitely share the same trend of lode veins. I can't find production numbers for Uncle Dan, but judging from the size of their mill, they did pretty well. Next door to Uncle Dan is the White Swan Mine, which produced an estimated $725,000 in gold in the 1800's. At today's spot price, that's about $54-million. White Swan, Uncle Dan, Black Swan, Virtue and a few other mines share the same geologic uplift, which eventually became known as the Virtue Mining District. The Virtue Mine was by far the richest, with $2.2 million in production prior to 1907 (more than $160-million in today's dollars). The high purity gold came out in chunks, often weighed in pounds, rather than ounces. And once again, Black Swan shares some of those same lode veins as Virtue. Easy access to the claim. The 2-wheel drive dirt roads will accommodate most any vehicle. The mine portal is about ten feet above the roadway and easy to miss if you don't know it's there. This is how it looks as you enter the mine. Just inside the portal is a gate with a removable crossbar for access. Someone broke it (not me) but I was happy to crawl through and survey. The gate could be fixed and a lock installed for security. Black Swan has more than 400 feet of tunnel. Very solid with all workings on one level. No dangerous shafts to worry about. The main tunnel is a 200-foot straight shot with one perpendicular drift about halfway back, heading east The drift runs about 50 feet... then suddenly drops downward about five feet. It appears they miscalculated the strike of the vein and corrected the tunnel as they were digging. From there, the second tunnel runs northward, parallel to the main tunnel. A map of the mine would resemble a lower case letter "h". The gold is free milling, which means you can crush the ore and pan it out. There's no water on the claim, so plan to bring your own, or haul the ore elsewhere for processing. The rock is mostly sedimentary, which accounts for the variety of colors. And the gold occurs in veins and fractures and (if you're lucky) high grade pockets. A couple feathered friends keeping watch. Looking down on Virtue Flats from the claim. The famous Oregon Trail is down there. You actually drive over the wagon ruts on your way to the claim. Some sizeable placer nuggets are down there too (if ya know where to metal detect). All corners properly monumented and a location notice at the mine entrance. You'll drive through a couple livestock gates on the way to the claim. The gates are public access and never locked. Just be sure to close them behind you to keep any grazing cows in. MORE INFO ABOUT THE CLAIM The Black Swan Lode Claim is 20.66 acres of BLM managed land in Baker County, Oregon. Township 9S, Range 41E, Section 34 NW. Oregon Mining Claim # ORMC 176586I've had my eye on this mine for quite some time, because it has most everything necessary for a profitable operation. Good access, solid cut, good gold and extremely close to civilization, with Baker City just a few miles away. Several years back, the former claimant offered to sell the Black Swan for $25,000, then, last year suddenly let the claim lapse. I suspect he may have passed away. Unfortunately, this tends to be how mining claims come available, especially the good ones. The Virtue District is one of the richest in Oregon, and also one of the oldest, dating to 1862. Untold numbers of pioneers literally walked over the lode veins on their journey westward. Eventually a miner headed to Idaho noticed gold bearing quartz sticking out of the ground and a quartz mill was set up nearby. That mill eventually became downtown Baker City.It's not everyday mines of this caliber come available, so I've priced the claim a little higher than my usual prices. Definitely lower than $25K, although, arguably, that might be a fair price. INFORMATION ABOUT THE AREA Baker City, known as the Queen of the Mining Towns, sits in the center of the Eastern Oregon Gold Belt; a one hundred mile long motherlode stretching from John Day to Cornucopia. This is where you come for the BIG GOLD. Eastern Oregon has produced some monster sized nuggets. Stop by the US Bank branch in Baker City to see their display case loaded with lunker nuggets, including the 80-ounce Armstrong Nugget. Other cool sites in the area include the Sumpter Bucket Dredge and the Baker Heritage Museum, with a world class gem and mineral colletion. Baker City loves it's mining heritage, and holds a Miners' Jubilee every July. ABOUT ME My name is Jeff and I own this claim. I'm always happy to answer questions, so ask away. I've been exploring old mines since childhood, and now my hobby is connecting abandoned mines and people who want to own them. Although I focus on mines, occasionally I find some great placer claims too. My background is in caving, so I enjoy exploring tunnels and mines. As for the gold or other minerals inside the mine (or along the river) I leave that to you. I personally test prospect each of my claims and locate enough valuable mineral (typically gold or silver) to validate the claim and make owning and prospecting worth a prudent person's time. I also invite you to test prospect any of my claims before purchasing to ensure your satisfaction. MY GUARANTEE I guarantee your claim will be rock solid, or I'll refund your money in full. I guarantee your claim will be located exactly where I say it is, won't overlap other claims, will be properly and legally staked, and located in an area legally open to mineral entry. Filing mineral claims is tricky. It takes a great deal of research and experience, and there are many pitfalls awaiting those who don't know what they're doing. All of my claims are processed by BLM adjudicators and vetted for mistakes, and I never sell a claim until its gone through this process and been listed on the BLM's LR-2000 database and assigned a serial number. The serial number of this claim is listed above in the section titled "more info about the claim". UNPATENTED CLAIMS Before bidding, please make sure you understand what an unpatented mining claim is. You do NOT own the surface rights of the land, only the mineral rights. You are allowed to camp on your claim for two week periods under dispersed camping rules. If you are actively mining and wish to stay longer you may request permission from the managing agency (Forest Service or BLM). Other people are still allowed to recreate on your claim, but they are not allowed to remove minerals, and you may post signs explaining this. Generally speaking, you are NOT allowed to build on an unpatented mining claim. Prospecting methods such as panning, metal detecting, or sampling inside a mine typically require no special permission or permit, but other forms of mining typically do. The use of a dredge, bulldozer, or other mechanized equipment usually requires permission from the Forest Service or BLM in the form of a Notice of Intent or Plan of Operation. It's always wise to communicate with the managing agency before you begin any type of mining. They are there to help you navigate the rules. You are responsible for paying an annual maintenance fee of $165 to the BLM. This fee is due each year on, or before, September 1st. Fees have been paid on this claim for the year, and you will owe nothing more until September 1, 2020. You also have the option to file a small miners waiver. This allows you to pay only $15 in fees annually (instead of $165). To qualify, you must have owned fewer than 10 claims nationwide this year, and agree to do $100 worth of labor to improve the claim. This method is cheaper but also a tad risky. If you mess up the paperwork, you can lose the claim. PATENTED CLAIMS Prior to 1994, you could convert an unpatented mining claim to a patented claim, thereby taking full ownership of the land and minerals. Unfortunately there's been a moratorium on patents since 1994, but many powerful people would like to see this moratorium lifted. PAYMENT TERMS In addition to the final bid price, a $250 processing fee is required of the winning bidder. This fee covers all of the filing of paperwork with the proper county and BLM, and offsets some of the expenses of creating a claim. I accept cash, checks, cashiers checks, or money orders. Sorry, Ebay doesn't allow Paypal for real estate transactions. I expect you to respond to my 'congratulations you've won' email within 24 hours of auction close and complete payment within a week. I generally don't offer financing plans or trades. As soon as your funds clear, I will record a quitclaim deed in your name with the county and BLM and send you a copy of that deed along with directions to your claim and GPS coordinates for the corner stakes. The claim is then 100% yours to hold as long as you want, sell, give away, or will to your heirs. Condition: I guarantee your claim will be rock solid, or I'll refund your money in full. I guarantee your claim will be located exactly where I say it is, won't overlap other claims, will be properly and legally staked, and be located in an area legally open to mineral entry. ALL BLM FEES PAID THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2020., State/Province: Oregon, Seller State of Residence: Oregon, Acreage: 20.66

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