Here are some of the most popular spots to prospect for gold in Arizona: As I have said many times, gold is all over the placeyou just need to find it. Northern Vertex merged with Eclipse Gold Mining Corporation in February 2021, changing its name to Elevation Gold Mining Corporation in conjunction with a share consolidation in September 2021. The shafts generally ran at an angle of 22-22.5 degrees to follow the vein. Phone:602-417-9528 - Information Access Center. Bisbee Daily Review newspaper article, Sept. 9, 1904. As an owner of mining claims, you are responsible for keeping yourself informed of the changes in the filing requirements and the mining laws. But dont be digging holes all over your yard or the neighbors! The tour was orchestrated by Arizona Territorial Governor Nathan Oakes Murphy and brother Frank M. Murphy, who had re-acquired an interest in the Congress Mine.

The maiden Proven and Probable Mineral Reserve for the Moss Mine, estimated effective July 1, 2021, is presented in the following table. Here he found his bonanza. This caused great anxiety to the stockholders of the Congress Gold Mining Company and they began to acquire adjoining claims and nearby land. If you file the2022Small Miner's Waiver (due on or beforeSeptember 1, 2021, you are certifying you will perform assessment on your mining claim in the "2022" assessment year and you will be required to do the following on or beforeDecember 30, 2022: For all placer and lode mining claimslisted on the Waiver, you must file an Affidavit of Assessment Work, which shows the assessment work performed in2022. The Moss mine extracts gold and silver from ore via heap leaching. The vein had a dip of 22 degrees and was usually about 15feet wide. Mohave County Miner newspaper article, Feb. 17, 1912. The possibility that the low sulfidation epithermal systems and alteration zonation are vectoring back to the potential mineralization source in the structural intersection represents a significant exploration target for the Company. 34.216 Long. Mining Law of 1872The federal law governing locatable minerals is the Mining Law of 1872 (May 10, 1872), which declared all valuable mineral deposits in land belonging to the United States to be free and open to exploration and purchase. As World War I progressed, references to the Old Congress Mine became almost non-existent and by the end of the war the only references to be found were in articles about news makers who were once associated with the Congress Mine. Murphy's DCA acquired the Congress, but retained the management of E.B. [25] In his 1907 obituary, a later partner reportedly said May had re-staked an abandoned claim that became the Congress. Preliminary Economic Study (PEA) was prepared by RPM for Para Resources in accordance with the requirements of National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Project. Following stacking, the leach pads are irrigated with dilute sodium cyanide solution. With Frank Murphy's death in 1917, any hope of reopening was gone. Congress may pass legislation affecting filing requirements and, consequently, the procedure may change.We recommend that you view our website periodically to stay up to date. The Moss vein system includes the Moss and Ruth veins, as well as associated hanging wall and, locally, footwall vein stockwork. Filing requirements are subject to change. Arizona Silver Belt newspaper article, April 11, 1901. The law gave the BLM information on the location and number of unpatented mining claims, mill sites, and tunnel sites; helped determine the names and addresses of current owners; and helped remove any cloud of title on abandoned claims. Tombstone Epitaph newspaper article, March 10, 1895. The Congress is no different. This act includes all minerals, including sand and gravel, geothermal, coal, and oil and gas. Arizona Silver Belt newspaper article, Nov. 23, 1905. The Congress Mine produced substantial quantities of gold and was considered one of the most productive gold mines in Arizona. A lock ( Locally, the Moss vein develops a more northerly strike. The BLM is temporarily modifying service delivery in BLM public rooms in Arizona.BLM public rooms in Arizona are open via phone and email only.Read about facility and service updates due to COVID-19. The Moss Mine is currently mining the Moss vein system, which consists of fault-hosted epithermal quartz-calcite veins with associated vein stockwork that are younger than and cut across the Moss quartz monzonite porphyry host rock in the vicinity of the mine (see Geology_MossMine_Website.png). [26][35] You can find more information within theSmall Miners Waiver Information Sheet (PDF)., Bureau of Land Management-Arizona State Office From the pregnant solution pond, the solution is passed through a Merrill-Crowe plant where the gold and silver are precipitated out of solution using zinc powder. Actually Frank Murphy and partners, Gage and partners, and others formed a holding company modeled after United States Steel Corporation. Theres a lot that goes on under the Arizona ground. Arizona Silver Belt newspaper article, May 11, 1905. ) or https:// means youve safely connected to the .gov website. Technical Report, 2021 on the Mineral Resource, Mineral Reserve, and Mine Plan for the Moss MineTechnical Report, 2017 PEA Phase III, Mine Life ExtensionTechnical Report, 2015 Feasibility Study, Mohave CountyTechnical Report, 2014 Mineral Resource Update. In the early 1880s he was able to sell some other claims through mine promoter Frank Murphy, and began a more thorough working of the Congress group of claims. Fairbanks; not surprisingly, the buyers were Murphy, Gage, Fairbank et al. [30], Frank Morrill Murphy, a Prescott, Arizona mining promoter, acted as a broker for the sale of the Congress mine to Joseph "Diamond Joe" Reynolds of Chicago. Elevation Gold's (formerly Northern Vertex Mining Corp.) 100% owned Moss Gold Mine is located in Mohave County in northwestern Arizona, approximately a one hour and a half drive south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Locatable minerals include gold, silver, copper, and other hard rock minerals. In 1900, the number 1 shaft had reached a depth of 2,700feet and was the deepest shaft in the Arizona Territory. Arizona Silver Belt newspaper article, May 10, 1900. [17] In 1913 the only activity at the mine was speculative, mostly centered on possible leases for reworking the tailings and dumps of discarded ore left over from the primary mining of the main shafts. [44][45], Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}341203N 1125103W / 34.20083N 112.85083W / 34.20083; -112.85083, Inactive gold mine in Yavapai County, Arizona. Arizona Silver Belt newspaper article, November 20, 1902. Phoenix, AZ 85004-4427 43 CFR 1822.14 - What if I try to file a required document on the last day of the stated period for filing, but the BLM office where it is to be filed is officially closed all day? Mohave County Miner newspaper article, May 27, 1907. Under this Act, some common variety minerals, such as sand and gravel, are subject to sale as opposed to rents and royalties. The Mineral Reserve estimate was prepared in accordance with CIM Definition Standards. Mohave County Miner newspaper article, July 7, 1912. The principals in the new company when incorporated were C.D. Mined ore is crushed to P80 of 3/8 inch, mixed with pebble quick lime and conveyed to heaps where it is stacked. This was also false. In addition to filing with the BLM, file anAffidavit of Assessment Work (Proof of Labor form) or Notice of Intent to Hold with thecounty recorder's office. Mohave County Miner newspaper article, May 3, 1912. These filing instructions and forms have been provided to you as a courtesy. [26][41][42][43], In 1912 the bankrupt Development Company of America sold the Imperial to a mining conglomerate headed up by the Guggenheim family; the Tombstone Con to the Phelps Dodge Corporation; and the Christmas, Congress, and other properties to the Murphy interests. From Buffalo, New York and in Arizona since 1866, May was a typical single-blanket prospector. Staunton, both of whom later became prominent in the DCA. Tombstone Epitaph newspaper article, Opt. Bisbee Daily Review newspaper article, Feb. 9, 1908. Tombstone Epitaph newspaper article, March 22, 1914.

This law provides citizens of the United States the opportunity to explore for, discover, and purchase certain valuable mineral deposits on federal lands that are open for mining location and patent (open to mineral entry).

Joseph "Diamond Jo" Reynolds had championed a railroad between Prescott and Phoenix, running through Congress, to reduce shipping costs to and from the mine. Note: For documents and fees delivered in person, you or your representative may bring documents or payments to the proper BLM office by close of business on or before the due date. A horizontal shaft was dug to follow this vein. The list above is s good start. For additional information contact the Information Access Centerat 602-417-9528. Norris divested themselves of the property by the mid-1930s. Successful mines have many fathers while a borrasca is an orphan. Arizona Republican newspaper article, Feb. 27, 1891. BRIDGE CLAIMS:If you locate a mining claim prior toSeptember 1and then wait to record it with BLM until afterSeptember 1(the start of a new assessment year) you will have to submit payment for both assessment years. The initial processing, location, and maintenance fees will be applied to the assessment year in which you located the claim, and at the same time the maintenance fees for the new assessment year are due and must be submitted with the new claim. Metric tonnages and grades are reported: ktonnes are 1,000 metric tonnes; g/t is grams per metric tonne. Materials Act of 1947This law provides for the disposal of mining materials on public lands, both saleable and leasable. The scale of production was minimal; May used a simple arrastra to work a few tons of ore.[25][26][27][28][29] Later, May bought a farm near Buffalo, New York, but returned to prospect the Arizona desert, while Bartlett later became a laborer in the Congress mine. The best history of the mine was published by family friend and former supt. REMINDER:For those who filed a "2021Small Miner's Waiver" by "September 1, 2020," you must file your2021Affidavit of Assessment Work for your mining claim to show you performed assessment work, or a Notice of Intent to Hold for your mill or tunnel site on or beforeDecember 30, 2021, along with a processing fee of $15 for each claim/site listed on your Affidavit of Assessment or Notice of Intent to Hold. Under these subsidiaries were a number of mine railroads, mills, and undeveloped lands. The location of this office will always be in the county seat of the county in which your claims are situated. Since his death in 1891 the mine had been shut down. Phoenix, AZ 85004-4427, Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution, Annual Mining Claim Maintenance Fee Requirements, Read about facility and service updates due to COVID-19, State of Arizona Department of Mines and Minerals, Reclamation Bond Calculation Spreadsheet (2018), BLM Handbook H-3042-1 Solid Minerals Reclamation Handbook (1992), Maintenance Fee Waiver Certification ("Small Miner Waiver Form"),3830-002, Operator Information for Casual Use, Notice, Plan Level Operations, Providing a Financial Guarantee as Required by 43 CFR 3809 and Occupancy as Required by 43 CFR 3715, Arizona Geological Survey Mining Claim Forms, Maintenance Fee Payment Waiver Certification, BLM Form 3830-2 (PDF), Small Miners Waiver Information Sheet (PDF). The Mineral Resource was estimated using drilling available up to May 24, 2021. After his death in 1917, his widow Ethel Meaney Murphy and the estate with the assistance of her attorney T.G. File the waiver for the2022assessment year on or beforeSeptember 1, 2021, and file a Notice of Intent to Hold on or beforeDecember 30, 2021, and then file your Affidavit of Labor for the2022assessment year on or beforeDecember 30, 2022. Be that as it may, Dennis May was the first person to energetically develop the prospect into a small mine. The saying goes: Gold is where you find it. So your best bet is to look where it has been already found. Gold Road is in a favorable geographic location with excellent infrastructure and logistics from nearby communities. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not havedemonstrated economic viability. The solution (referred to as pregnant solution) exits the leach pads and flows to a pregnant solution pond. Daily Arizona Silver Belt newspaper article, Nov. 20, 1908. A week before president McKinley's visit, Staunton had completed the second 40 stamp mill and expanded the roasting and cyanide works. Secure .gov websites use HTTPS [1][2], The gold found in the mine was primarily small veins embedded in white quartz with inclusions of iron pyrite (fool's gold), iron, and sulfur. A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States. The heyday of one of the greatest gold mines in Arizona was over. What is the fee schedule for fixed fees?, Mining Claims under the General Mining Laws (Includes 3809 Surface Management Regs), Locating, Recording, and Maintaining Mining Claims or Sites; General Provision, Annual Assessment Work Requirements for Mining Claims, Acquiring a Delinquent Co-Claimant's Interest in a Mining Claim or a Site, Special Procedures for Locating and Recording Mining Claims and Tunnel Sites on Stockraising Homestead Act (SRHA) Lands, BLM Handbook H-3042-1 - Solid Minerals Reclamation Handbook(1992), Maintenance Fee Waiver Certification("Small Miner Waiver Form", 3830-002), Operator Information for Casual Use, Notice, Plan Level Operations, Providing a Financial Guarantee as Required by 43 CFR 3809 and Occupancy as Required by 43 CFR 3715. In 1891, while visiting his mine with Frank Murphy, the colorful Diamond Jo Reynolds died. Tombstone Epitaph newspaper article, July 13, 1913. Bisbee Daily Review newspaper article, Nov. 13, 1906. You may file aSmall Miner's Waiver(bySeptember 1, 2021) if you own 10 or fewer claims and/or sites throughout the assessment year nationwide and will perform $100 worth of assessment work on your claims for the upcoming assessment year (byDecember 30, 2022). All claims, mill sites, and tunnel sites must be listed on the Small Miner's Waiver, AND the Small Miners Waiver must contain the original signatures(preferably in blue ink)of all claimants/owners having an interest in the claims/sites. If an agent signs for any of the claimants/owners, a notarized designation of agent, signed by all claimants/owners must be submitted with the waiver. The IPD-GDP is published annually by the Department of Commerce. The nearest community, four miles away, is modern Congress, formerly known as Congress Jct railroad station or Martinez Post Office. These minerals are sold to applicants at fair market value. The town of Congress, Arizona was "hanging on" but with the majority of the mining activity stilled, a good number of residents (either miners or those associated with mining businesses) began moving to more active areas. The use of the forms referred to in these filing instructions are optional; however, it is strongly recommended that current forms be used. After his death, his estate was valued at between $8 and $10 million, completely debt free. The vein was accessed by shafts dug (often quite deep) into the areas around the ledge.[3]. In the future, infrastructure may be relocated to allow the Moss Mine to realize the full economic benefits of the additional near mine mineralization being defined by the ongoing exploration drilling program. [32][33][34] Properly capitalized as the Congress Gold Company, a stamp mill was built and the mine opened. This years adjustment represents the ninth annual update to the fee schedule since the BLM first implemented a cost recovery fee schedule for certain oil and gas activities under the Cost Recovery Rule. 2022 American Gold Prospecting Adventures. 4, 1914. At Congress they operated the mining railroad which ran 2 1/2miles to the Congress Mine from Congress Junction, on Murphy and partner's Santa Fe, Prescott & Phoenix Railroad. In the 1860s miners organized the Date Creek Mining District (later renamed the Martinez district) after discovering gold in the Date Creek Mountains. In 1902, miners struck over reduction of pay, and over the right to organize a miners' union. -122.841). The DCA, unable to pay its bonds, and its subsidiaries collapsed in 1911 with the Phelps Dodge and Guggenheims' ASARCO interests picking up the pieces. His attorney, T.G. The Congress mine operated for the first three months of 1911 and then closed while the parent company which had concentrated on developing other properties, primarily at Tombstone (Tombstone Consolidated) and at Silver Bell copper district (Imperial Copper) ran into financial difficulties. [3] Around this time the monthly payroll of the mine was reported to have about 400 miners. The Ruth vein, which is approximately 175 meters to the south of the Moss vein on surface, is sub-parallel to, and dips moderately (~50-60 degrees) north towards the Moss vein, with the distance between the two veins diminishing with depth. At the time of the sale it was reported that the management would stay the same and that the former owners would retain some interest in the mine. Feasibility (2015) and Preliminary Economic Assessment (2017) studies were completed on the property prior to mine construction and commissioning in 2018. Commercial production at the Moss Mine was declared effective September 2018. Bisbee Daily Review newspaper article, Aug. 4, 1905. Arizona Silver Belt newspaper article, June 7, 1900. Web Design & Development: Mining is currently focussed on the main Moss vein and associated vein stockwork. By 1880, he was working what would become the Congress mine, staking with two prospector partners the Niagara claim June 26, 1880, followed by the adjacent Congress claim March 25, 1884. Arizona Silver Belt newspaper article, March 7, 1901. All Rights Reserved. Listed as the principal sellers were Frank M. Murphy, E.B. The topography date used for tabulating the Mineral Reserve is 1 July 2021 Metric tonnages and grades are reported: Ktonnes are 1,000 metric tonnes; g/t is grams per metric tonne. Bisbee Daily Review newspaper article, April 16, 1905. This was later proven a false claim. More than two million ounces of gold and one million ounces of silver were produced from low sulfidation epithermal veins in the historic Oatman District between 1870 and 1980. Copyright 2022 Elevation Gold Mining Corp. Technical Report, 2021 on the Mineral Resource, Mineral Reserve, and Mine Plan for the Moss Mine, Technical Report, 2017 PEA Phase III, Mine Life Extension, Technical Report, 2015 Feasibility Study, Mohave County, Technical Report, 2014 Mineral Resource Update, Tripled land position in the Oatman District to approximately 168 square kilometers, Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves estimated to contain 184,500 ounces of gold and 2.2 million ounces of silver in 12,744 kilotonnes grading 0.45 g/t gold and 5.4 g/t silver, Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources estimated to contain 490,200 ounces of gold and 5.75 million ounces of silver in 38,857 kilotonnes grading 0.39 g/t gold and 4.6 g/t silver, Inferred Mineral Resources estimated to contain 73,800 ounces of gold and 940,000 ounces of silver in 6,562 kilotonnes grading 0.35 g/t gold and 4.5 g/t silver, Ultimate leach pad recoveries range between 75-77% for gold and 40-43% for silver (2021 Technical Report), Life of Mine plan extends to 2025, mining at over 11,000 tons per day at an average strip ratio of 0.88:1, based on the maiden Mineral Reserve (2021 Technical Report), Pre-tax NPV(5%) of $50.8 million and after-tax NPV(5%) of $45.3 million at $1,700 per ounce gold and $18.50 per ounce silver, District-scale exploration upside adjacent to and at depths below the current mining operations, as well as on the broader property. Northern Vertex optioned the Moss Property in 2011 and advanced the project by completing a pilot plant test facility in 2014. [4], In May 1901 the Congress Mine was visited by then President William McKinley on a tour of the country. The estate sold the physical plant, mills, and mine railroad equipment shortly thereafter. Headed by E.B. Arizonas public lands also provide a good source for salable minerals, such as sand, gravel, stone, and clay, permitting over 2 million tons worth over $2 million annually. For mill sites or tunnel siteslisted on the Waiver, you must file a Notice of Intent to Hold for the assessment year2022; and, Pay a processing fee of $15 per claim/site listed on your Affidavit of Assessment Work and/or the Notice of Intent to Hold. This fee must be received at the time you file your Affidavit of Assessment Work and/or the Notice of Intent to Hold on or beforeDecember 30, 2022.. The Mineral Reserve estimate was prepared by Jacob Richey, of Independent Mining Consultants Inc. Get permission before entering anyones property and especially if you are going to prospect it. In 1900, the mine consisted of about 30 separate claims of which the principle producers were the Congress, the Niagara and the Why Not, and had by then produced more than $5,000,000 (in 1900 dollars) worth of gold. Some later sources say that Bartlett abandoned the mine, some say May and partner Edward Gilbert paid Bartlett $150 for the claim. The capital stock was valued at $1,000,000. Patents issued under the SRHA and Homestead Act entries patented under the SRHA reserve the mineral estate to the United States along with the right to enter, mine, and remove any reserved minerals that may be present in the mineral estate.. File a 2022Maintenance Fee Payment Waiver Certification, BLM Form 3830-2 (PDF), (commonly referred to as the Small Miner's Waiver) on or before September 1, 2021.There is no charge for filing a Small Miner's Waiver. You can become a member and dig at any of their claims all across Americaand there are a lot of them! At this time equipment included 12 hoists with steam engines ranging from 20 to 200 horsepower, a reduction plant with an 80 stamp mill, a new concentrating plant, a cyanide plant consisting of a roasting furnace and seven 90-ton leaching tanks and three 200-ton leaching tanks for non roasted ore.[11], In ensuring years, high-grade ores became harder to find and harder to get to and more work was done on the processing of tailings for the low-grade ores it contained. The Congress vein was considered a peculiar formation, characterized as "a dike of green stone trap." The DCA organized a subsidiary, the Congress Consolidated Mines Company, Limited, to acquire and manage its Congress holdings. [26][40], The Development Company of America with Frank Murphy as president, headquartered in New York City, also owned the Poland Mine Company, Imperial Copper Company (Silver Bell district west of Tucson), Tombstone Consolidated Mines Company of Tombstone, Arizona, vast timber lands in Chihuahua, the Christmas copper mines near Ray, a major smelter at SASCO to work the coppers ores of Silverbell/Imperial, and lesser properties. Dennis May died in Phoenix on October 17, 1907. In 1894, with the railroad nearing completion of construction, Murphy and the Reynolds estate sold the Congress gold mine to a group of Tombstone mine owners (Tombstone's silver boom was bust). Arizona Silver Belt newspaper article, Aug. 31, 1905. Bisbee Daily Review newspaper article, March 25, 1910. The Moss vein strikes slightly north of west (~275-285 degrees) and dips steeply (~70-75 degrees) to the south in the vicinity of the mine. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

The owners of the mine then decided to prospect within the existing shafts for new veins of gold-bearing rocks. The Congress paid its last dividend in 1910 and company president Frank Murphy ordered the operation closed down. Tombstone Epitaph newspaper article, June 10, 1917. It requires that a royalty be paid on amounts mined and sold. The tour helped promote Murphy's new company, the Development Company of America (DCA), which was organized to buy and develop properties. His widow, Eleanor Morton Reynolds, became one of the executors of Joseph "Diamond Jo" Reynolds' estate and after his death she sold the mine in 1894 (they had no children heirs). May, again through promoter Frank Murphy, sold the Congress group in 1887 to Joseph "Diamond Jo" Reynolds for $30,000. Official websites use .gov Norris, began to sell off parts of the property including the rights to the mine dump and tailings, to other mining concerns. Reynolds, childless, willed a part ownership of the mine to Murphy, who shut it down while promoting and building the railroad from Ash Fork on the Santa Fe mainline (across northern Arizona) to Phoenix via Prescott and via a point near the Congress mine. Pay the 2022"Maintenance Fee" of $165 per claim, mill site, and/or tunnel site, on or before September 1, 2021. Placer claims over 20 acres must pay an additional $165 per 20 acres or portion thereof. Note:Faxed documents will not be accepted., Arizona Geological Survey Mining Claim Forms. This turned out to be a big oversight and the Senate Mine was developed. The ore ran through this dike and the dike was found throughout the entire geographical ledge. Staunton in the Engineering & Mining Journal November 13, 1926. Additional ground follow-up exploration is being conducted to assess whether the alteration is associated with a coupled high sulfidation epithermal above a porphyry system or a large-scale low sulfidation system that intersected the palaeowater table. [20][21][22] The following is a list of commonly used mining-related entries in the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR): 43 CFR 1822.10 - How should my name appear on applications and other required documents that I submit to BLM? The fee schedule is adjusted annually based on the change in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP) from the 4th Quarter of one calendar year to the 4th Quarter of the following calendar year.

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