Department of Land Transfer Info
20.66 Acre Unpatented Lode Mining Claim on Federal Land in the Mount White Mining District / Chaffee County, Colorado
Collecting on Mt. White is for the hardy soul who is in good physical condition.
With this claim you will be getting the exclusive mineral rights to 20.66 acres on an excellent spot near the road to work at your leisure. Mt. White is known by many as a great place for recreation- not just by rock hounds, but by hikers, campers, climbers, and off-road enthusiasts as well.
ACCESSIBILITY: 4WD / ATV via road then hike in.
From the Chaffee County point:
Below are samples that were found in the local area:
Mt. White, like its neighbor Mt. Antero, has produced some fine aquamarines in its day. This gemmy aquamarine is glassy, light blue (typical for the area), and it actually is zoned, as seen in the lighter termination. The termination is complete, though has a large bevel on one edge. )
(Pheanakite crystal cluster, 23 x 21 x 17 mm. K. Nash specimen and photo / Right: Beryl)
(On the Left: Albite/ Fluorite)
(Picture on the Left: Nice Smokey on Microcline from Mt. White Colorado / Right: Nice gem Aquamarine from Mt. White. )
Dwayne Hall shows off his aquamarine that he mined out of Mount White. (High Noon Entertainment) You may recognize him from the TV show Prospectors. Dwayne Hall mines aquamarine on Colorado's Mount White. He is originally from Kentucky, where he learned woodcarving. Dwayne came in second place in a world championship for woodcarving. After traveling around the country with his wife he decided to move to Colorado, where he began mining. Also from the same TV show, The Cardwell Family- Craig and Tracy Cardwell mine on Mount Antero. They have 16 claims from the South Knob to the Mount White Basin.
The road at the base of the hill is 2-WD Accessible
The 2-WD turns into a 4-WD so good tires / clearance is a must as you head up the hill
As you head up towards the clouds the road gets rough and you may encounter little traffic as our team did
Heading out of the Sub Alpine Zone (and the tree line) into the Alpine Zone at Altitude
The hardest and most beautiful part of the climb is maneuvering the switchbacks as pictured. Access along the Mt. Antero Road is slow due to the extremely rough road and many extreme switchbacks. It should be attempted only in a high clearance, 4WD vehicle. Making this trip and climbing to the summit leaves little time for collecting, so start early. Carry emergency supplies and proper clothing. Sudden, dramatic weather changes and thunderstorms are common. Get off the summit in the event of a storm.
This region is one of the most interesting mineral areas in North America. It is the third highest gem field in the world and is America’s highest gem field. Rare aquamarine crystals, bright blue beryl, goshenite, phenacite, betrandite, smoky quartz, microcline, topaz, fluorite, and apatite can be found on the talus slopes at around 14,000 feet. The minerals occur in small cavities and pegmatites in granite. But be aware that the weather is always unpredictable. Collecting here is difficult and the collecting season is very short--only about four months--since snow blocks the roads until the end of June.
Above is the picturesque road on the way to the claim (Beautifully Treacherous)
This is the high-saddle which connects Mt. Antero to Mt. White
Come to Hike, Camp, Ride and Shoot - or come to pull some shiny rock$ out of the ground;-)
(Here is an overview of the area)
Buyer will receive the following with their completed transaction:
Mount White is practically covered with prospecting claims. You are not allowed to dig on somebody else's claim, so a handheld GPS system is a must to be able to properly locate your claim!
As the largest company in the mining industry selling legitimate and valuable historic claims, you can rest assured that there is no fine print on any of our claim auctions telling you will have to deal with any games like being charged phony fees or having to pay inflated “processing” or “transfer” fees. The final auction price for this mine when the auction ends is ALL you will pay.
Pictures of the actual claim looking up
Mount White MINING DISTRICT, CHAFFEE COUNTY, CO
Mount White and Mount Antero are often mentioned in the same sentence by gem collectors and geologists. They are both renowned in the world of gems and minerals, because they produce some of the highest concentrations of crystals and minerals to be found anywhere in fact the High Saddle is what connects the two. Aquamarine, beryl, calcite, fluorite, quartz, and zircon have been extracted from the slopes of Mount White. Other minerals, having longer names that only a geologist can appreciate, are also mined here. Mount White is Mount Antero's nearest neighbor, and they have a lot in common. First and foremost, is their importance as a source of minerals. These two mountains are connected by a broad 12,850' saddle, and a complex network of roads, all leading to mining digs.
Mount White has two summits that appear equal in height as you approach from the east. The summits are about 300 feet apart. One is white and the other is gray. There are cairns on both summits. The east (white) summit is slightly higher, and the unofficial summit register resides there.
Geology / History
While most people were searching for hidden gold and silver, they stumbled across a more precious treasure, Aquamarine. From sea green to sky blue coloring, these stones come from pockets or bubbles in the granite known by scientists as Miarolitic cavities. Other associated minerals include white feldspar, colorless quartz, smoky quartz, fluorite, and more rarely found orange to sherry topaz crystals as well as the beryllium mineral Bertrandite.
Lost Canyon in Chaffee county had prospectors reportedly found gold nuggets "the size of eggs" in 1860 and took $60,000 in gold in a few short weeks before winter set in. When they returned the following spring, they were unable to locate the rich claim.
In many Colorado mining districts the easily discovered and worked placers were the first big strikes of a typical gold rush. But the free gold supply in stream beds quickly became depleted, and the initial phase was followed by prospecting for veins of lode gold that were the original source of the placer gold. The hills above Granite are pockmarked with numerous old mining tunnels from hard rock mining, evidence of the second stage of a gold rush cycle. Their neighbors in Leadville went on to discover silver, resulting in a silver rush, but Granite never got that far. In just a few years their ore began to play out, and the town's population, once as high as 7000, began to decline. There are a few old structures and mine tailings remaining in the gulch from St. Elmo's busy mining days.
All visitors and users of the National Forests are subject to general Forest Service Regulations.
The forest service publishes rules and guidelines on a variety of subjects, including camping, fires, vehicles, and pets. There are currently no fees required at the main access points to Mount White
( http://www.summitpost.org/mount-white/446757 )
Transfers of Ownership in Mining Claims;
Interest in a properly recorded mining claim or site may be transferred in part or its entirety. So you can will, gift, sell or lease your interest in this claim at any time in the future. A quitclaim deed or recordable conveyance document is required and if you do sell the claim, the transfer documents should be filed within 60 days after the transfer.
With regard to transferring this claim initially into your name, we take care of all the paperwork at our expense. You do not have to worry about anything – we handle the BLM transfer documentation and the recording. Then if you ever want to will or sell your claim in the future, we will gladly assist you on the paperwork for no charge.
Can you camp / build on your mining claim?
Without an approved plan of operations, you have the same rights and restrictions as the public. If the area is open to camping to the public, then it is permissible. However, you need to check with the BLM Field Office or the local District Ranger for areas open to camping. Under Federal law in order to occupy the public lands under the mining laws for more than 14 calendar days in any 90 day period, a claimant must be involved in certain activities that (a) are reasonably incident; (b) constitute substantially regular work; (c) are reasonably calculated to lead to the extraction and beneficiation of minerals; (d) involve observable on-the-ground activity that can be verified; and (e) use appropriate equipment that is presently operable, subject to the need for reasonable assembly, maintenance, repair or fabrication of replacement parts. All five of these requirements must be met for occupancy to be permissible.
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We offer a lifetime guarantee should the BLM take back the land.
As the largest company in the mining industry selling legitimate and valuable historic claims, you can rest easy that there is no fine print on any of our claim auctions telling you will have to deal with any games like being charged phony fees or having to pay inflated “processing” or “transfer” fees. The final auction price for this mine when the auction ends is ALL you will pay.
Our in-house legal counsel will complete all of the paperwork and documentation for recording and transferring FULL ownership of this mine into your name if you win the auction, AND we will ship you everything in one to two business days of receipt of your payment in full (usually just one day!). So you can plan to visit (and start working) your claim the next day without the lengthy delay you will experience with other companies selling claims –and you will not have to pay any extra costs, fees or other poor excuses for extra profit that normally just go into a seller’s pocket.
BID WITH CONFIDENCE- we are a very reputable eBay seller, eBay I.D. Verified AND PayPal Verified with over 18,000 payments received, and not a single Paypal complaint or dispute.
We'll take care of all the paperwork and arrangements so you can enjoy your claim immediately after payment and we keep you informed through the entire process with confirmations when payment is received, when your paperwork has been shipped.
While we cannot physically ship land to you as it doesn't quite fit into the mail box ;)
We will ship all paperwork/maps upon payment clearing we ship same business day (if payment is received by 1PM P.S.T.) We always provide tracking information so you are always informed.
Your payment of this eBay item gives you 100% ownership of this entire claims, all fees and other costs for the transfer of ownership is included. This is NOT an auction for the down payment, this is NOT a partnership arrangement where someone else will own part of the claim with you, and there are NO fees or costs for the transfer of this claim in your name.
PayPal does not allow payments for real estate or land purchases, and mining claims are considered real estate - so we are unable to accept payments through PayPal at this time. Should PayPal ever change that policy, we will accept payments for mining claims through PayPal. We DO accept: Personal and Business Checks, Cashier's checks, Personal checks, Bank Wires, ACH payments as well as all major Credit Cards (American Express, Visa, Master Card & Discover).
We provide financing plans with no interest or fees. Financing terms are minimum of $500** down and the balance due within 90-days.
For longer term financing, please touch base with us, as we may be able to provide automatic credit card billing for terms up to 12 months.
*Please contact us first should you decide on a payment plan.
**If there is less than 90 days until August 1st and automatic $155 will be added bringing the down to $655 to cover the maintenance fees.