10 acre Unpatented Gold Mining Claim Josephine Creek OR Click any image to see it full size Item Description – Up For Your Consideration – An Un-patented Gold Mining Claim on one of the Richest creeks in Oregon! The historically and presently famous Josephine Creek of Josephine County. This is the last time I am listing the claim. I’ve set the reserve for half of what I paid for the entire claim. If it doesn’t sell for that, then I will hang on to the claim. But this is it. This is the claim that the hard workin’ miner finally finds… and all those years of prospecting for the perfect claim… season after season of coming up with just enough to make it through to the next. This is the one… where all the hard work, the boulder winching, the rock tossing, the tons and tons of overburden clearing, the bedrock breaking, and the final clean ups all pay off. You are finally rewarded for your hard work. There are no ” closed or unclaimed ” claims anywhere near this creek. Many of the claims on Josephine are Grandfathered. Meaning, they’ve never been dropped or abandoned by the owner, and have been held for many decades by the same owner. Millions of ounces have come from Josephine Creek and it’s tributaries alone. And there are still Millions of ounces out there to find. All you have to do is google this creek and/or county, and you’ll see just how rich it really is. I currently own a 20 acre parcel and this auction is for the downstream/east half of it. It’s plotted on the last picture I have provided. Which is 10 acres. This 10 Acre parcel is basically in the middle of Josephine Creek. This claim has easy access to the creek, and the road goes along the claim the entire length. The road crossing is just downstream ( about 200 yards ) from the east line. Makes it nice and easy to float a dredge upstream. All that being said, I reserve the right to end this auction early at any time, I do have it listed for sale other places as well. Do not be mistaken… just because it has easy access doesn’t mean you aren’t secluded. Not many folks go up that way. Mostly other miners are the only other people you see in this area. This claim is also, just a short mile or so downstream of the confluences of Canyon Creek and Fiddlers Gulch, Tributaries of Josephine. Which were and still are very rich contributors to Josephine Creeks unbelievable richness in gold. There is beautiful exposed bedrock in many places on the claim. There are huge boulbers, good size gravel bars, and small sand beaches. There are more than a few twists and turns, so some inside bends can be worked as well. I have worked ( dredged with a 6″ ) this claim personally ( moved huge boulders with a crew ), and can attest to and I will provide pictures to you of it’s richness. Just ask and I would be happy to email you pictures of us dredging and of the completed cleanup. Reasonable offers will be taken into consideration. The reason I’ve decided to sell this portion of the claim is to help finance a large trommel and wash plant operation on the other half of this claim. : YouTube : Also, there are a few youtube videos that the above adjoining claim owner posted. I’m in a few of the videos ” Jesse ” the redhead. We are good freinds and worked together for a good part of the season. Go to Youtube Username ” MrMyJosephine ” The videos are fun to watch and they show much of the creek and alot of the gold we got. Some on my claim and some on the above adjoining one. Everyone who works their claim during the season on the creek are good folk. We work hard, but are very friendly and welcoming. We consider ourselves our own little town. We’re always willing to lend a helping hand. I will be up there this coming season to go at it again, so rest assured, this is a legitimate, workable, and profitable claim. Here is a link to help get you there : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBkvzxB-0f0&feature=plcp&context=C3a30e12UDOEgsToPDskKHXYLm1uzw8BNm-reUQr4g : Access : Very easy access on this claim. A nice graded road after you have crossed the Illinois ” Big Green ” Bridge, which close to where the paved road ends. From Cave Junction, OR take a left at us-199N/Redwood Hwy for 4.8 Miles, Turn Left at 8 Dollar Rd/ Nat for Dev Rd 4201 3.8 Miles Continue onto Nat for Dev Rd 029 1.9 Miles, To claim on your Left. Use GPS Coordinate 42.219947N, -123.708747W… I recommend high clearance 4WD, but it could be navigated with much less. Any topo map and our directions will get you there. Id recommend a GPS just to make it simple. The claim is roughly 10 miles from Kerby as the crow flies. If you don’t have wings, then you might feel safer on the road. Kerby is a beautiful small town roughly 12 miles and Cave Junction is 14 or 15 miles by road. CJ is a decent sized town with all the amenities. They have a Dairy Queen and a Subway, a couple grocery stores, hotels, ammo stores, radio shack, etc… A perfect spot to “hotel” camp when the elements get the best of you. : Workings : Yes, some of the upper benches above the creek have been worked repeatedly. But mot all of the benches have been worked. There are signs of ” Chinese Diggings ” up and down the benches all the way up the creek. It’s unbelievable the amount of work that has been done. Perfectly stacked tailings… wood and rock cabins still visible… BUT the oldtimers could not get to the bottom of the creek in most places. Creating dams, diverting, and altering water flow is not as easy as it sounds. Especially with the bedrock cliffs. So the main channel of the creek is for the most part undredged and unworked. There was a bucket dredge in use in the early days on the creek, but it was so large that it could only fit in a few spots, also you can tell where they stopped working it. Just upstream of the 20 acre claim. So it didn’t reach the lower 10 acres at all. There is also a lode claim on the same parcel ( which I will show the winner next season ), but I will retain the rights to. The winner of this auction will recieve a ” Quit Claim Deed ” for placer rights only. Legal Description Claim and ORMC# Willamette Meridian 38S 9W S 1/2 of NE 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Section 36 ICU #1 ORMC32490 The China Mine ORMC94642 ( This is the lode claim for your information… not for sale… I will retain ownership of the lode ) Check these on BLMs’ LR2000 website or with the State BLM Office in Portland Claim Size : 10 Acre Parcel : The claim goes lengthwise along the creek… 660Ft by 660Ft Roughly 700Ft of Creek : BEWARE : You may have seen some claims on Josephine Creek being sold by Sunset Valley Mining Co. and can still see them up for sale at their website. BUT, their claims are invalid!!! Everyone on Josephine are aware of them. Here are a few links to read…. ( http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100401/NEWS/4010321 and http://au-prospecting.com/gold1/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4385 ) be careful of these types of sellers. Before purchasing any mining claim make sure you get the owners name and ORMC number. Then contact the State BLM Office. Usually you’ll speak with Maggie. First, verify the claim number, then verify the owners name on the claim, and finally verify the validity of the claim with whom ever you speak with at BLM, before purchasing from anyone. Information on Mining Claims: A Mining claim is a tangible asset; it shows proof of all interests in minerals in the area. It can be bought, sold, or used as collateral, just like real estate. You likely don’t have ownership of the mineral rights on your own land. Mine Claims are quickly moving to be a thing of the past, however, existing claims get precedence and are grandfathered in. Mining claims are being cracked down on under President Obama and every year there is more land signed into wilderness. This claim is the only way to hold title to these mines. Mine Closures are rampant and soon there will not be any existing mines to claim, only dirt, where you have to post million dollar bonds to plant a shovel. We have set a precedent so rest assured that once you have this, no one is going to take it away!! Don’t be one of the people who wish they had claimed a mine while they were able. This auction is for all interest in this claim. This claim covers the entire site, 330Ft by 660Ft, 10 acres. Full rights to all placers and minerals, gems and whatever else you may find. The winner of this auction will receive a quit claim deed to the site and all associated documentation showing full ownership of the claim. Maintenance on all BLM mining claims is $140.00, per claim, annually. This must be paid on or before September 1st, every year. Fees may have changed by then as they are continuously going up in price. YOU ARE BIDDING FOR FULL CLAIM OWNERSHIP, NOT JUST A DOWN PAYMENT. AUCTION END PRICE IS THE FINAL PRICE FOR THE SITE!! Patented vs. Unpatented sites: Many mining claims are held with patents. Patented mining claims are usually expensive and overpriced. They claim reserves but if there was truly anything worth working it would be worked. Most everything has been worked out of them. The benefit of a patented site is that you own the land outright and you can do what you want. The downfall of patented sites is you are liable for the mines. Clean up, environmental impact, attractive nuisance and public access problems. Plus don’t forget your annual taxes on the land values, usually at least a few thousand dollars a year. All of this in on your shoulders if you own a patented claim. With a claim you have no liability for the public. If someone walks in and falls down your mine, it’s the BLM that gets sued, not you. Existing Clean up and environmental issues are not your problem. With a plan of operations you can fence off your site to keep the public out as well. No taxes, just your annual assessment of $140 per year. The main detriment with a mining claim is that you cannot build a permanent structure on the claim. All buildings must be mobile, or pre-existing. Most large companies now days are looking to buy smaller sites since they haven’t been commercially worked and still have values in them. These types of claims typically have been held by individuals instead of large mining companies. These sites are rare opportunities for investment, prospecting and land procurement. Hard rock and placer mining has made many millionaires, but you don’t make anything without rights to the land. This claim gives you full control of all mineral rights. NOTE: All filing fees and assessments have been paid for the 2011-2012 year. No money due to the BLM until September 1st, 2012. This is not a patented site, nor are there any guarantees of ore content or values. This is an UNPATENTED claim, and requires a yearly maintenance fee of $140 per year, per claim, (or submit a waiver to avoid paying fees) to retain ownership. The maintenance fees for the site will be paid and taken care of in full for the 2012 year. No monies will be due to the BLM until September 1st of 2012. In addition to the final bid price, there is a $275.00 documentation processing fee that is required of the winning bidder. This fee covers all of the filing of paperwork in the proper counties and state and with the BLM. The winning bidder will receive a Quit Claim deed for the claim. With no monies due until September 1st, 2012. There is no reserve set for this claim. LEGAL NOTES To be in compliance with EBay rules and regulations please review the following notes) *This auction is not for any Speleothems, Stalactites or Stalagmites. This auction is not for any cave formations of any sort. * This auction is not for ownership of a cave or any sort of cave related items. Its is for control of locatable minerals and the ability to secure the land on which your minerals are located. *This auction is for Mining Claims. Mining Claims are administered by the BLM. They are not administered, nor are they under any control by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. *This Auction does not constitute any sale of stocks or other security interests that represent a current investment ownership interest in an entity. Nor does this auction represent any effort by individuals to raise money or find investors for Businesses. A mining claim is not ownership of the land. It is full control of locatable minerals. The BLM defines located minerals as: * Locatable minerals include both metallic minerals (gold, silver, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, etc.) and nonmetallic minerals (fluorspar, calcite, mica, certain limestones and gypsum, tantalum, heavy minerals in placer form, and gemstones). * (edited From http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/MINERALS__REALTY__AND_RESOURCE_PROTECTION_/energy.Par.26680.File.dat/MiningClaims.pdf ) The General Mining Law of 1872, as amended, opened the public lands of the United States to mineral acquisition by the location and maintenance of mining claims. Mineral deposits subject to acquisition in this manner are generally referred to as “locatable minerals.” A lode claim is defined as: “Jefferson-Montana Copper Mines Co., 41 L.D. 321(1912), established the full test for a lode claim:“To constitute a valid discovery upon a lode claim, three elements are necessary: 1. There must be a vein or lode of quartz or other rock-in-place, 2. The quartz or other rock-in-place must carry gold or some other valuable mineral deposit, 3. The two preceding elements, when taken together, must be such that as to warrant a prudent man in the expenditure of his time and money in the effort to develop a valuable mine.” Additionally, Federal statute does not describe what constitutes a valuable mineral deposit, therefore the government has adopted the “prudent man rule.” This rule determines value based on whether or not a person will consider investing time and money to develop a potentially viable mineral deposit. This rule was first stated by the DOI in 1894, in the adjudication of Castle v. Womble, 19 L.D. 455 (1894), the holding of which states:“…where minerals have been found and the evidence is of such a character that a person of ordinary prudence would be justified in the further expenditure of his labor and means, with a reasonable prospect of success in developing a valuable mine, the requirements of the statute have been met.” Note, this is site is not subject to the Cave Protection act of 1988, as Federal Law states: 16 USC Sec. 4308&01/08/2008 -HEAD- Sec. 4308. Miscellaneous provisions -STATUTE- (d) Existing rights Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to affect the full operation of the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States, or otherwise affect valid existing rights. -SOURCE- (Pub. L. 100-691, Sec. 9, Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4550.) -REFTEXT- REFERENCES IN TEXT The mining laws and mineral leasing laws of the United States, referred to in subsec. (d), are classified generally to Title 30, Mineral Lands and Mining. The information below is cited from the official Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management page located at: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wo/MINERALS__REALTY__AND_RESOURCE_PROTECTION_/energy.Par.26680.File.dat/MiningClaims.pdf (note, this is a valid and appropriate link that does not promote sales outside of eBay. It does add value and relevance to the item for sale. It does not put any account at security risk and the content is appropriate for all ages. This link poses no threat to eBay or the Community.) PAYMENT : Payment is due in full within 7 days If balance not received within 7 days the claim will be offered to other bidders. We accept cashier’s checks, Money Orders, and cash for remaining balance. In addition to the final bid price, there is a $275.00 documentation processing fee that is required of the winning bidder. This fee covers all of the filing of paperwork in the proper counties and state and with the BLM. The winning bidder will receive a Quit Claim deed for the claim. No monies due until September 1st, 2012. Shipping Information Shipping : Quit Claim Deed will be filled out and mailed Certified to the Josephine County Recorders Office and BLM by the SELLER. The claim paperwork may take up to 3 to 4 weeks to complete, so please be patient. BLM likes to take their time. After the BUYER recieves the paperwork from BLM, it will be the BUYERS respnsibility to sign and notarize the documents and take to BLM and the Josephine County Recorders Office. Payment Information Payment : Money Order, Cashiers Check, Personal Check ( will hold paperwork until it clears ), and bank wire transfers will be accepted forms of payment. Sorry, we don’t accept paypal for real property sales. In addition to the winning bid there will be a $275.00 documentation and filing fee. Covers all paperwork filed with state and county BLM. 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