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Mining Equipment, Mining Properties, Gold Mines & Gold Panning by BC Gold, British Columbia, Canada

Mining Equipment, Mining Properties, Lode Gold and Placer Mining by BC Gold, British Columbia, Canada

BC Gold - Mining Properties for Sale
Yuba County
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Slate Range Bar Claims - Yuba County, California
 Ad #:305
 Market Status: Unsold/Available
 Listing Type: For Sale
 Price: $400,000
 Category:Gold claims and placer mines for sale
 Locality:Yuba County
Description

From Wikipedia: The Yuba Goldfields, also known as the Hammonton dredge field, is the largest gold dredge field in California. Located along the Yuba River approximately 6–12 miles (10–20 km) upstream of the town of Marysville, in Yuba County, the Hammonton dredge field was actively dredged for gold from 1904[1] to 1968.[2] In total, more than one billion cubic yards (760×106 m3) of river sediment and lesser hydraulic mining debris was dredged to produce an estimated 5.14 million ounces (146×106 g) of gold.[2][3] The goldfields are noted for their otherworldly appearance (a result of gold dredging operations), filled with roughly linear mounds of gravels (called dredge tailing windrows), ravines, streams and turquoise-colored pools of water.

Slate Range Bar on the N.F. Yuba is a very historic section of waterway.  All through the gold rush to present time this area has produced great amounts of gold and has made many claim owners famous.  This area was commercially worked by hand by Chinese crews which even built a stone road along the side of the river as they moved along.  Though more than a hundred years have passed and many storms washed through this area, there is still evidence of this road to be seen in places along this claim.

These claims have been in various news publications for a variety of events since the original 1849 Gold Rush.  Even in modern times these claims have continued to be written about via prospecting & treasure hunting magazines and published in four books on gold mining, including one produced by Keene Engineering.

Jerry Keene of Keene Engineering, Inc.  [1934 - 2017] worked this same location in the early 70’s. My first day meeting with Mr. Keene we discussed this claim and also Mr. Chrestman who I had worked for. Mr. Keene was considered the “The Father of the Modern Gold Rush” News release, “Loss Of A Legend” Tribute by [GPAA].

NOTE: The first gold dredge was invented by Ernie Keene in the 40’s and started producing gold dredges in 1950 under the name Keene Engineering, inc.  Ernie Keene died in 1962 and Jerry Keene continued with the business until he passed away in 2017.  His sons Mark & Patrick Keene continue with the business.

Noted treasure hunter Bill Chrestman  [William  W. “Bill” Chrestman 1915-1989] of Quartzsite, La Paz County, Arizona owned these 4 claims for 17 years. He had been in prospecting & treasure hunting magazines that I have read in my early years dating back to 1951 with his picture on the cover and a full mason jar of nuggets.

Author Bruce W. Harris worked these claims starting with Mr. Chrestmans last year owning this location through the present time.  "Mr. Chrestman & his lovely wife Thelma nicknamed myself and my dredging partner Robert Jacobsen [who came out from Texas with me to work that year] “The Texas Rangers.”  Being noticed for our teams work that year by such a famous person is awesome.  But we did make him money and he was happy for that."

Highest Quality - 950+ Fine Gold. Only the Mother Lode/Grass Valley area, some 100 square miles of gold country have 950+ fine gold in the mainland USA.  This area is rich in quartz gold mines and one with note there is a high percentage of gold-quartz & quartz-gold nuggets to be found. Only Alaska has such a rich purity to be found.  Of this lode area, the Middle Fork & North Fork Yuba rivers are noted to contain a high average of “flats” of any other waterway system within the lode boundaries.   [flats; thin flat nuggets usable for jewelry] Dark yellow, very noticeable.  Gold nuggets, especially of this fineness, are typically sold by karat, not by gram, as they are rare and considered gems. They are typically sold above spot prices, even moreso when sizeable.

This section of the Yuba is said to be prime pay dirt. The best paying section on the whole North Fork. All through the years this has been proven to be a dredgers paradise. In recent years, this claim section has been noted to produce 6 ounces of gold in one week from one dredger working by himself.  An ounce a day for a good dredge crew is not all that uncommon.  There are years of unworked sections to gold dredge on this claim property. Since the gold dredge has only been around since 1950 and knowing how much was worked from 1972 till today reveals much more is still available.  

Such great scenery to enhance your days work.  This is located in the scenic Tahoe National Forrest with Digger and Sugar pines, a few furs, cedars, and of course California's famous Sequoia's. 

See:
https://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/0772/report.pdf

https://pubs.usgs.gov/mf/1986/1613a/report.pdf

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