OATMAN ARIZONA - ONE PATENTED GOLD MINE: rare property to find, located a few hundred feet off Rt. 66. This property has power close by, possible water and close to the fire department. This property was located in 1908 and patented about 1916. Close to 20 acres in size. This property has great views and on calm days you can hear the staged gun fights from downtown Oatman. During a good rain there is a water fall near the center of the property, water has flowed down this some times for days after a good rain.
In places a friend found some flakes of placer gold (lower left photo) in the gulch below the falls. He never dug more than 1 foot down, bedrock has not been tested. At times there is water flowing down the gulch after a good rain. For the rest of the year the ground is dry enough for dry washing equipment. Hard rock ore is what the "old timers" were digging for on this property. There are several shafts, test pits and trenches on the property. The shafts are in a bad state and need to be dug out and some re-timbering done. There are no historical records of production from the property. But it is interesting to note that the bigger or main shaft had much mining waste such as blasting tins, drill bits and lighting indicating some activity was happening in the 1930's, most likely after the price of gold went from $20.00 to $35.00 per ounce. A cut in the hill next to the big shaft had at one time a hoist. Rock from several places along the exposed veins were put through a small gravity mill and some gold was recovered. This ore came from a weathered surface exposure along the vein outcrop. Part of the vein was also tested from inside the main shaft in 2014 (see photo), a gold tail was in the pan , but in small amounts .
(top left photos), Sampling wall of the main shaft. Old report stated this shaft was timbered and 50 feet deep to water, total depth unknown. Water pipes lead away from this shaft down towards the remains small mining camp.
Photo 4, part of the vein inside the main shaft. The vein is narrow at this point, a small amount of gold was recovered in test.
Photo 5, Yes, the famous Oatman Burros visiting the property.
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