“Illinois” lode mine with the “Auric Rewards” 20 acre placer claim
For several years I have been asked if I have any placer claims with rich lode deposits (or mines) on the site…or are there claims on my “very short list”, that I “could” consider selling… well folks, here is one of the better ones that I have been holding out on. I have owned these mining claims for a while now, and it seems as though other large projects I have been developing have kept me tied up (physically & financially)…and I can’t keep hanging onto everything that I own. My plan was to do open up the Illinois mine vein, get some core drilling and assay work done, and look at developing these sites into something more…even the placers are well worthy (and mentioned in the geological report…which is uncommon) for setting up an operation all in of itself. After doing my yearend books, spending thousands on claims I am not even working…well, thought that these could also be fun projects for clients to explore those potentials too. For the time being I am going to list these claims at a lower price (then what I was planning), only because it takes more exploratory work and hard assays to know what the sites really can hold, however, if time and resources permits (& these claims are still available), then I will do some more work later this year, and pull the claims or adjust the price based on the results. I have done some initial surface assays, breaking rock from some exposed area that appeared to be part of the vein, and collecting samples from existing staged ore at the mine (see results below).
The Illinois mine was one of the most well known sites starting in 1867 and even well known through the early 1900s. Much of the ore work that was done, was largely free milling and then sluicing the free gold after crushing (which had a considerable loss doing these old time techniques). These sites have been largely untouched for many many years, and the Forest Service has covered over much of the veins, shafts & adits in reclamation for public safety. Although you can still find these old vein cut ins, rails, and large quartz ore from the vein structure laying around the sites. As for the placer deposit, I have ran several test runs across the placer deposits, and am extremely pleased by the results, finding hard pan & clay layers that don’t appear to be disturbed. Even in the below Geological Report, it is mentioned “Illinois and other gulches that head in this belt were very rich in placer gold”…and it goes on to say that it is very likely that the Illinois mine is what fed much of the gold in Mores Creek (which is what flows through the historic mining town of Idaho City which had bucket dredging done on Mores Creek right in town)…I know from my own testing, I have found many specimens (vein rock laced with gold) and extremely rich placer deposits in the bench deposits, even at surface testing (2 feet down…far from bedrock).
The way that these mining claims are set up, the lode claim extends over the vein structure, with the placer claim encompassing the creek (from the vein downstream). I did this intentionally, as I did not want another placer miner staking over the lode (which is allowed, legally, as it is two separate mineral deposits), and work between mining operations to interfere with one another. So, I will need to sell them as a pair. The 20 acre placer claim overlaps and abuts to the vein cut and covers the area downstream of the Illinois lode claim…the closer to the source, the higher the recovery and larger the pieces you find.
- Acreage: 20.66 acres
- River footage:
- Placer/lode: lode
- Unpatented/patented: unpatented
- Location: Twn.6N, Rng.6E, Sec.05, SW ¼ & Sec.06 SE ¼
- Mining claim serial #: IMC218820
Map to Claim
NW 43.88756’N, -115.78538’W
NE 43.88595’N, -115.78006’W
SE 43.88432’N, -115.78092’W
SW 43.88611’N, -115.78641’W
NW 43°53’15.2160″N, -115°47’07.3680″W
NE 43°53’09.4200″N, -115°46’48.2160″W
SE 43°53’03.5520″N, -115°46’51.3120″W
SW 43°53’09.9960″N, -115°47’11.0760″W
- Acreage: 20 acres
- River footage: 1300’ of Illinois Gulch
- Placer/lode: placer
- Unpatented/patented: unpatented
- Location: Twn.6N, Rng.6E, Sec.06, SE ¼
- Mining claim serial #: IMC217697
Map to Claim
NW 43.88722’N, -115.78633’W
NE 43.88722’N, -115.78397’W
SE 43.88382’N, -115.78397’W
SW 43.88382’N, -115.78633’W
NW 43°53’13.9920″N, -115°47’10.7880″W
NE 43°53’13.9920″N, -115°47’02.2920″W
SE 43°53’01.7520″N, -115°47’02.2920″W
SW 43°53’01.7520″N, -115°47’10.7880″W
Highlights: When you are heading down NF 314E, as you can see from the pictures, there is an extremely large camping area (could park multiple RVs here) on the site. At this location the Auric Rewards extends downstream approximately 800 feet, and upstream 500 feet. When walking up above the camp area (along the creek), you will find the old works & some mining remnants about 300’ from the 314E road. Follow this up to the left (northwest), where you will be within the old vein cut of the Illinois mine. At the upper end, there are massive quartz and vein rock scattered throughout this trench (some of the assays came from these). There are two old overgrown mine roads that do go from the campground area up into the mine trench. I have been in here even in late summer and have found water in Illinois Gulch still flowing. On the maps I have also illustrated where other properties are located, such as the patented (private) Gambrinus lode mine (to the west of Illinois mine), as well as where the adjoining lode claims to the southeast.
Driving Directions: The claims are located 6.5 miles outside the historic town of Idaho City. Driving directions to the claim: from Boise, travel north on HWY 21 to Idaho City (approximately 34 miles from I-84). Turn left (north) onto Main Street in Idaho City. A couple blocks into town, turn right (north) on Bear Run Road (NF 314). At 0.9 of a mile, you will come to a major junction, where the main road heads left, but you want to keep right (or straight) on NF 314. At 1.8 miles (from Main street), there will be another junction, stay left on the main NF 314. You will stay on NF 314 for approximately 5 & ½ miles and make a right onto NF 314E. NF 314E is about 0.4 miles past the houses (with private property signs) that sits up on the ridge top. The claims (Illinois lode & Auric Rewards) start about a ½ mile at the major switchback/ massive camping area. All of the mining claims have been signed along the NF 314E road to help identify where the mining claims start & end.
Show me the Gold
Again, these samples were collected from doing a short 3 hour test run on Illinois Gulch about 200’ below the campground. Several specimens were recovered, and did a quick pan of the results, but there is quite a bit more additional color when I cleaned this up more thoroughly and then crushed the specimen rocks. Sorry I did not acquire pictures of the loose vein rock at the mine…hadn’t necessarily “planned” to sell these claims, so pictures of it were not my priority.
We will consider a bundle package of these claims and a 14″ chain mill impact crusher (with accessories & table) seen in the pictures, for $8,500.
Geological Reports of Gambrinus District
https://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/0640e/report.pdf (See pages 95 & 96) Illinois belt is to the southeast of the Texida
https://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/0944c/report.pdf (See pages 229 &
230) Also review Cleveland & Cloverleaf (234 & 235), on same vein structure.