Phoenix, AZ Maricopa Country Land 20. acre for sale in Phoenix, AZ

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Historic Yellow Breast Mine Unpatented Federally Registered Mining Claim ID: AMC 440549

The Yellow Breast Mine Claim is located in the low hills of the Gila Bend Mountains. A range well documented for native gold deposits and large nuggets. In addition to the main workings, there are other interesting outcroppings on the claim that show copper and flake gold.

Parking and staging at the Yellow Breast Mine will be limited due to the location of the mine and will be on various flats on the hillside.

An interesting note, given the ease of access, is that there is no foot traffic or vehicle traffic around the Yellow Breast mine. This may be due to high temperatures in the area or just a complete lack of knowledge of the site.

The mine is cut straight into a Middle Miocene to Oligocene aphanitic (larger crystals in a matrix of smaller crystals) andesite dike flanked by breccia, talus, and a wide sheared, alteration zone. The heavily foliated, calcareous schist unit underlies and in some places is cut by the andesites and is reported to host gold-bearing quartz veins (reports of a 2.5 ft wide veining striking ENE with a dip of 50 degrees). Quartz veins are described as irregular lenses of quartz with alternating streaks of black iron oxide several inches thick. Other minerals include galena (partially altered to anglesite), cerussite, pale-green crystalline fluorite, and small amounts of wulfenite and yellow lead oxide within fractures. Wall rocks contain considerable sericite, quartz, and chlorite. Native gold is reported in quartz lenses and veins with heavy iron oxidation.

The mine is recommended for small mining operators or companies. There will likely be some bonding needed for some road clearing and shoring up the entrances of the mine for commercial scale extraction.

  • Price: $6,999

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