WINDY HILL MINE
The Windy Hill mining claim consists of one (1) unpatented lode claim covering 20.66 acres on federal land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The claims cover the historical Windy Hill Mine in Pershing County, Nevada which produced gold and silver.
The claim has two mapped adits and an open pit near the larger adit. There are tailings and ore dumps at the surface. Rail and other evidence of historical mining activity is present. Access is directly off a road.
The Windy Hill Mine had two periods of development – one most likely in the 1860-70’s and one in the 1930’s. The workings expose veins in shear zones and felsic dikes that may be associated with the mineralization.
Nearby veins assayed at 1.25 ounces per ton gold and 6.5 ounces per ton silver.
This area of Nevada has some of the largest gold mines in the United States. The Relief Canyon and Florida Canyon (Imlay) are the two nearest large scale gold mines. The Seven Troughs Range nearby has several active exploration and mining projects.
Location and Access: Starting at Winnemucca, Nevada take I-80 W (South) to Reno for 31 miles. Take Exit 145 (near Imlay) and turn right to Frontage Road and go 1 mile. Take a right at Lake Road and follow this for 23 miles. Take a right at 7 Troughs Road and follow for 8 miles, then take a right at Windy Hill Mine Road and follow for 15 miles to the mine.
GPS Coordinates: Lat: 40.620538° Long: -118.959752° (Windy Hill main workings).
Mining and Exploration Potential: The Windy Hill Mine was exploiting quartz veins and stringers in shear zones. Both underground and open pit methods were used to mine the ore.
Locating and mapping the existing shear zones and fissures should show areas that have not been mined and areas where the veins could be extended.
First priority should be to sample the existing veins, the ore dumps and nearby outcropping mineralized structures.
The Windy Hill mine is located on the contact between the older metasediments and the Tertiary volcanics. This is a good sign that the controlling structure may be larger and have the capacity for a larger, bulk tonnage deposit. Exploring this contact could generate new discoveries.
Both soil and mag surveys would be effective in locating additional mineralized structures at depth or under thin soil cover.
Although I have not explored the underground workings (don’t do this without professional help) – they seem to be in good condition and driven in competent rock.
This area of Nevada has extensive activity from both majors and junior mining companies. Expanding the claims and preparing a geological report could be enough to bring some exploration interest from these nearby companies.
There is open BLM ground available to expand the claims if needed.
The Staggs District is located in Pershing County, Nevada approximately 65 miles SW of Winnemucca near a feature called the ‘Lava Beds’ and northwest of the Seven Troughs Range.
The biggest producer of the Staggs District was the Twin Buttes Mine, which was discovered in the 1930’s and operated until 1980.
Another mine, the Sage Hen, was located for gold in 1914, but became a tungsten producer from 1949-55. Currently, the Sage Hen area is being developed for placer mining.
To the south of the district in the Blue Mountain area there was an active placer gold mine in the 1940’s which has seen periodic interest and activity.
The oldest mines in the Staggs District are the Garrett and Windy Hill Mines. There are no records of the historical production despite the extensive evidence of mining.
Earliest activity at Windy Hill is probably before 1900 – possibly 1860s to 70’s given the nature of the workings. The second period of activity was 1930’s where mechanized equipment was used to dig an open pit and drive an incline shaft.
Regional Geology: The Windy Hill Mine is located 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.
Local Geology: The central part of the Staggs District is a highland of deeply weathered granodiorite and monzonite. The northern and southern parts of the Staggs District are metasediments (Jurassic).
The Windy Hill is on the contact between the granodiorite and the metasediments (fine grain clastics). The contact between the granodiorite and metasediments runs east-west for 5 miles. Windy Hill is approximately in the middle of this contact zone.
There are some north-south trending faults to the north of the property that may extend to the property and enhance or localize the gold mineralization.
The veins are in fissures and shear zones. The veins are brecciated, iron-stained and oxidized. The gold is free milling.
Johnson, M., Geology and Mineral Deposits of Pershing County, Nevada, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Bulletin 89, 1977.
Lava Beds Range Report, Nevada Bureau of Mines, 1984.
Tingley, J.V., Staggs District Report, Nevada Bureau of Mines, 1985.
Unpublished Report on Sage Hen Mine, U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1963.
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 17 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.
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 Pershing County. The BLM takes about 2-3 weeks to process the claim transfer (Quit Claim) and register the claim in your name. The Pershing County Recorder usually take 1-2 weeks 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. Pershing 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 $10 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.