SCW 1 LODE MINING CLAIM
The SCW 1 mining claim consists of one (1) unpatented lode mining claim covering 20.66 acres on federal land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The SCW 1 claim is in the Searchlight District in Clark County, Nevada which is known for gold, silver, lead, zinc, copper, and turquoise.
The SCW 1 claim contains three (3) adits, one (1) mining shaft, and various tailings, trenches and ore piles.
I got my high sample in this area from the SCW 1 vein on the north adit (see picture of vein material).
Location and Access: From Las Vegas head south on US Highway 95 for 57 miles to Searchlight, Nevada. Turn left on Cottonwood Cove Drive and go east for 5 miles. Turn right (south) at Lat: 35.473219°, Long: -114.839789°. The claim is south for 1.6 miles along roads and navigable washes. The northern adit is on the right hillside as you enter the claim boundary. See Direction Map pictured above.
GPS Coordinates: Lat: 35.455281°, Long: -114.857903° (North Adit)
Mining and Exploration Potential: the SCW 1 claim could be developed for small scale silver and gold mining depending on exploration results. It could also be developed into a larger exploration play that may interest one of the local mining companies.
The adits were driven directly on well defined veins and should be easy to follow. Vein widths vary from about 1-3 feet.
The Searchlight gold deposits had historical grades of around 1 ounce per ton gold. The potential here to find more blind deposits of high-grade gold veins.
The Searchlight deposits are usually found at the contact between the metamorphic rocks and the intrusives. SCW 1 sits just to the south of a major contact area between the Searchlight quartz monzonite intrusive and the older metamorphic rocks. Some of the best mines are in the metamorphics near the contact zone – same as SCW 1.
There is extensive propylitic and argillic alteration in the area that extends for a few miles around the claims. There are multiple former producing mines in the area.
The intensity and size of the alteration zone means this could be a much larger target that could potentially interest a larger mining company.
Sampling and assaying the existing workings should be a good starting point. Geophysics might be able to discover additional deposits.
The SCW 1 claim has decent access and is close to a main road and a short drive to town (Searchlight).
The Searchlight District is located in Clark County, Nevada about 57 miles south of Las Vegas.
The district was discovered in 1897 on the Searchlight claim which became the Duplex Mine. Shortly thereafter, a discovery was made at the Quartette Mine which became the biggest producer in the district. Mills were built on site when water was discovered.
The Searchlight mining boom peaked in about 1907. The town boasted 44 working mines, a dozen saloons, several mills, and a population of 5,000.
In 1908 a turquoise weighing 320 carats was found in the district and valued at $2600 ($72,000 in today’s dollars). The Simmons Mine, a significant turquoise producer, is to the west of Searchlight in the Crescent District. Small turquoise prospects are found throughout the district.
The Searchlight District was in continuous production from 1902 to 1954. Records indicate that 581,014 tons of ore was produced in this timeframe yielding 246,991 ounces of gold, 219,596 ounces of silver, 650,550 lbs of copper, and 1,675,560 lbs of lead.
Regional Geology: The SCW 1 claim is located in the Walker Lane Mineral Belt within the Basin and Range physiographic province. The Basin and Range province covers most of Nevada and consists of narrow NE trending mountain ranges between flat, arid valleys and basins. The Walker Lane mineral belt is an area with a high density of parallel strike-slip faults extending from Reno to Las Vegas roughly along the California- Nevada border. Faulting and volcanic activity make the Walker Lane favorable for hosting gold and silver deposits including some of the most famous precious metal mining districts in the US including the Comstock, Goldfield, Tonopah, Bullfrog, Mineral Ridge, and Round Mountain.
Local Geology: The District consists of pre-Cambrian schists and gneisses which are intruded by quartz-monzonite and Tertiary volcanics. Ore bodies are found at the contacts and fault zones between the quartz-monzonite and gneisses and also the Tertiary volcanics. The veins generally strike NW and are dipping SW approx. 65-70 degrees. Ore in the District was oxidized and the gold was free-milling.
The country rocks are metamorphic gneiss and schist intruded by quartz monzonite dikes. There are fault and fissure veins that carry the values.
The north adit at SCW 1 is driven on a vein that follows a fault jog at the intersection of a steeply dipping and flat lying structure. This structural intersection might be a good area for ore enrichment and could thicken up to give a bigger deposit.
There is massive propylitic and argillic alteration. The propylitic alteration extends for at least a mile around the main workings. There may be a flat lying structure underneath the propylitic zone that contains the gold mineralization. Extensive trenching has exposed these contacts and associated veins. A sample of the SCW 1 vein ran 14 oz/ton silver and 0.71 oz/ton gold.
Available Reports: Excerpt from “Turquoise Deposits of Nevada” (Morrissey, 1968), Report on the Searchlight Property, Descarreaux (1981), Mining District and Mineral Resources of Nevada, Lincoln (1923), Sample Site 1347 Report, Nevada Bureau of Mines (1981).
Nevada is consistently ranked as one of the top mining jurisdictions in the world for being mining-friendly and continuing to produce major discoveries. If Nevada was a country it would be the 5th largest gold producer in the world (after Australia, Canada, China, and Russia). Nevada is home to the Carlin Trend, the Cortez Trend, the Walker Lane Trend, the Getchell Trend and many other prolific gold producing regions. In addition to gold Nevada also has major mines producing silver, copper, lithium, iron ore, magnesium, gems and many other minerals. Nevada is 85% owned by the federal government and most of this land is available for claim staking. This means some of the best mining ground in the world is open to small prospectors – a very unique situation. There are many mining companies active in Nevada and therefore, multiple potential buyers for any discovery you make. Canadian based junior exploration companies are particularly active in Nevada.
Why Buy a Claim?
Buying a claim is a great way to get started in mining and prospecting. Buying a claim that is professionally staked reduces your upfront work and the risk of making a mistake on your paperwork or in the field. Our claims are in areas with historical mining activity and most have numerous pits, shafts, and adits to explore. Finding these claims takes lots of research that is already done for you. The best place to find gold is where people have already found it!
I have been working in mineral exploration in the southwestern United States and Alaska for 20 years. I have co-founded four junior mining companies and managed numerous drilling and exploration projects. I have worked with large and small mining companies and know what types of projects they are looking for that can be advanced by small prospectors. I have also worked on small hardrock production projects. I usually try to find claims that have known high grade veins that can be produced and that also have some exploration upside. We stand by our claims and fix any problems that come up. We can also help you with your annual filings. All our claims have a BLM serial number and can be found on the U.S. BLM MLRS website database. We hire the same professional claim staking companies that the large mining companies hire and all the claims have professionally drafted and accurate maps. We also have current assays from ALS Minerals on most of our claims.
How is ownership of the claim transferred?
Ownership of mining claims is transferred with a Quit Claim Deed which we prepare. We pay all claim transfer fees and file the claim transfer paperwork with the BLM and Clark County. The BLM takes about 2-3 weeks to process the claim transfer (Quit Claim) and register the claim in your name. The Clark County Recorder usually take 1-2 days to return the recorded Quit Claim Deed. Once the transfer is complete we will send you all the original documents including the file stamped Quit Claim Deed, the original location notices and claim maps.
How Much are the Annual Claim Fees?
The BLM charges a $165 per claim annual maintenance fee which is due on September 1st each year. The BLM fees can be paid online through their claim management portal. Clark County requires that a Notice of Intent to Hold form is filed the first year by Nov 1st along with payment of the recording fee of $12 plus $12 per claim.
If you own less than 10 mining claims you can qualify for a waiver of the annual maintenance fee by filing a Small Miner’s Waiver. However, the Small Miner’s Waiver requires that you perform $100 in labor or improvements on the claim each year.
International buyers must either have dual US citizenship and US address or have a US entity or company to own the claim.