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Seller: 1849claims (335) 100%, Location: Boise, Idaho, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 123895686754 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 Palouse River is one of the most coveted spots in Northern Idaho for a placer claim, thanks to its year round dredge season. Only a handful of waterways in Idaho offer this, and the Palouse has some great gold. Adding to the rarity, this stretch of the Palouse is mostly private property. There are only eighteen unpatented placer claims and no room for more. A pretty exclusive club. Prospectors discovered gold here in the 1860's and called it the Hoodoo Mining District. This 1899 map shows the claim location and nearby cabins, homes and mining ditches. This is how it looked in the 1800's. And this is how it looks today. Access was difficult for the old timers, but today you can drive a motorhome right onto the claim. 2WD gravel roads all the way. A group of Elk hunters camped just south of the claim. The Palouse has great year round waterflow... and plenty of gravel to work. Both in the river... and well above it. A bucket dredge began mining here in 1940 but was shutdown two years later by the War Production Board. The roadway is partly built on their tailings pile... and there's an old dredge pond on the west side of the claim. Fortunately, because the operation was forced to close during WWII, much of the riverbed was left undisturbed, and the dredge never reopened after the war. In the 1800's this stretch of the Palouse produced an estimated 10,000 ounces of placer gold. Feel free to test pan while the auction runs, but please contact me first for GPS coordinates. Optimum location for a placer claim with several lode veins and patented gold miners in the upstream watershed. This 1910 survey map shows the "Hidden Treasure" Lode about a mile upstream. All corners properly monumented and boundary markers and location notices on the roadway. MORE INFO ABOUT THE CLAIM The Lucky #5 Placer Claim is 20 acres of Forest Service managed land in Latah County, Idaho. Township 42N, Range 2W, Section 14 (N2 of SESW4). Idaho Mining Claim # IMC 224962 Have you seen the price of gold lately? It's gone crazy in the past two months. A great time to invest in a claim. I created this claim with Washingtonians in mind. Located on the Idaho/Washington border, you can be close to home and still get the benefit of Idaho's more liberal mining rules. And let's face it, there's not much gold in Washington state. Good gold, plenty of camping spots, good access, and a year round dredge season. A claim that ticks all the boxes. INFORMATION ABOUT THE AREAIdaho is known as the "Gem State" and the nickname literally comes from this area. Latah County is home to Opal, Garnet, Tourmaline and many more. Opal deposits near Moscow once produced some of the finest specimens in the world, equal to Australia's Harlequin Opals. A farmer discovered the deposit while digging a well, and opal mining quickly boomed in the area. There are no Opals in the Palouse River (at least not that anyone has found), but you will find garnets on the claim. They're small, but fairly common. Otherwise, the claim primarily produces placer gold. There are several small towns nearby including Harvard, Princeton and Potlatch. Moscow is the nearest larger town. DREDGING Dredging in Idaho requires permits from the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the EPA. Both agencies list this stretch of Palouse River as open to dredging YEAR ROUND (which is awesome!) Extremely, extremely, extremely hard to find! ABOUT ME My name is Jeff and I own this claim. Aways happy to answer questions, so ask away (preferably before bidding). 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 great placer claims too. My background is in caving, and I enjoy exploring underground spaces and tunnels. As for the gold or other minerals in 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, but 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 $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: Idaho, Seller State of Residence: Idaho, Acreage: 20.0

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