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Seller: 1849claims (335) 100%, Location: Boise, Idaho, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 123828359388 There are several photos. Please allow them a moment to load, then scroll down. All photos were taken on the claim (unless otherwise noted) The Cannonball is my favorite type of mine to locate. A once sizeable operation, now, all but forgotten. There are so few clues this mine exists today, you might even call it a "lost" mine. Modern topo maps show it as a 'prospect', which usually means a surface cut or something equally uninteresting. This 1935 survey map is what got my attention. When I see a tunnel and cabins, that calls for boots on the ground. Plus, the Soldier Mountains in Camas County are so crazy rich with mines and minerals, I knew it would be a good trip regardless. Easy access to the claim. Two wheel drive dirt road fit for any size vehicle. You'll pass through one livestock gate. These are never locked because the land is public, but they do deter tourists (IE: extra privacy). Be sure to close it behind you. Keep the cows in. A good spot to camp just above the claim. A wagon road once ran to the mine, but its too overgrown today. Best to park here and walk the last few hundred feet. Do you see the mine? No one else does either. That's why it's sat unclaimed for decades and doesn't appear on maps. On your way down the hill, you'll walk past the powder house. Judging from the cut lumber, probably one of the newer buildings on the claim. It once housed the dynamite. Miners always kept the powder house well away from the cabins and mine. Just in case. Down at creek level are several log cabins (or what's left). These are much older. Probably 1880's or 90's. There are four log cabins total, in varying states of decay. Another clue this was a good sized operation. This appears to have been the best cabin... As they had the wood stove (early 1900's Majestic from St Louis). And they also were nearest the privy. Turn of the century bottle. Glassmakers stopped using manganese in 1915, the additive which turns glass purple when exposed to sunlight. Cannonball Creek flows past the cabins. If you're not ready for lode mining, you can start with the placer mining instead. The creek gets a bit low in late Summer (when I took these photos) but it does seem to run year round, and it does contain placer gold. Some of the best placer gold may be under this meadow where the cabins are. It likely hasn't been mined since the cabins were built, and possibly never, considering the mine was a lode operation. Heavy duty platform near the mine entrance. Probably part of the stamp mill. They certainly crushed a lot of quartz. The pile extends about thirty feet downhill to the creek. Some of it is well crushed... and some not so much. Frankly, I think this pile needs to be re-processed. The only downer is... the mine entrance is buried. The tunnel likely is still intact, but you'd have to punch through this surface dirt. Several friends, several shovels, and lots of beer. This damp area outside the mine entrance tells me they tapped into a spring. It appears to be a pretty low flow. Most tunnels are cut on a grade so the water flows out with gravity. All corners properly monumented and a location notice on the platform. MORE INFO ABOUT THE CLAIM The Cannonball Lode Claim is 20.66 acres of Forest Service managed land in Camas County, Idaho. Township 2N, Range 15E, Section 30 NE. Idaho Mining Claim # IMC 224905 It's that time of year. I just paid the BLM maintenance fee on this claim, so you're paid up through Sep 1, 2020 The Cannonball Mine doesn't appear on modern maps or satellite imagery, and it's not visible from the roadway. Probably why its sat unclaimed since 1999. In the 1970's, 80's and 90's, it was known as the Olympia Mine and held by the Wokersien family. I named it Cannonball after the creek which flows through the claim. Nowadays, most mines are well documented, and few properties this size fly under the radar, but somehow, this one has. Most of the surrounding mines date to the 1880's, so it's likely this one does too. The area was known as The Little Smoky Mining District, and named after the nearby Little Smoky River, which produced (and still produces) excellent placer gold. In fact, Cannonball Creek feeds directly into Little Smoky about a mile and half downstream from this claim and the confluence of the two streams was bucket dredged in the 1930's. You can bet the lode veins on this claim produced some of the placer gold they mined. From 1917 through 1942 gold production in the district was 8,249 ounces (Staley, 1946, p. 16). The total gold production is not known, but the gross value of the ores, estimated at $1,200,000 by Ross (1930a, p. 19), indicates that possibly as much as 10,000 ounces of gold was recovered as a byproduct. INFORMATION ABOUT THE AREA The nearest town to the claim is Fairfield, Idaho about ten miles to the south, with food, gas and lodging. Or you can head 20 miles east to Ketchum, home of Sun Valley Lodge and the rich and famous. Speaking of celebrities, actor Bruce Willis once owned the Soldier Mountain Ski Area, just six miles west of the claim. Boise is about an hour away. Idaho is a great place to own a mining claim, with very liberal mining rules compared to other states. Also, Idaho is the "Gem State" with most every type of gem and mineral known to man somewhere in the area. 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 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 typically 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 $155 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 $10 in fees annually (instead of $155). 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: Idaho, Seller State of Residence: Idaho, Acreage: 20.66

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