This fabulous 80 acre unpatented gold mining claim has incredible potential to surrender paying quantities of gorgeous California gold. Taking in approximately 1,700 feet of the North Russian Creek, this claim resides in the middle of one of the richest regions in the northwest. This claim is 1/2 mile from and directly below the historic Homestake and Hogan Mines, and their only tributary (Taylor Creek) dumps into the North Russian Creek just 1,000 feet above this claim. The North Russian Creek has great water flow 365 days a year and is a primary feeder of water and gold to the North Fork Salmon River. With 80 acres to snipe, pocket hunt, metal detect, high bank, dredge, pan, and sluice, the future owner of this rare mining claim is sure to enjoy incredible gold recovery in the river, in the gravel bars, on the banks, and upon the surrounding gold bearing slopes.



Sawyers Bar Road runs directly through the southwest corner of this unpatented mining claim and provides great access as the primary paved and maintained road from Etna to the Forks of the Salmon. Also depicted are the locations of the historically rich Homestake and the Hogan Mines on Taylor Creek, along with the super rich Advance Mine, Overton Mine, Cub Bear Mine, Highland Mine and Snowden. Drainage from these incredible mines runs downhill 1,000 feet in less than a mile, draining directly into the North Russian Creek and Taylor Creek right above this property. The Highland Mine was discovered in 1899 by P. Musick was owned by the Belgium-Bohemian Mining Company. It consisted of 100 acres. Twenty-six men were employed there, and they produced $350,000 in gold, mostly from pockets. That's when gold was under $21 an ounce. The Highland Mine alone documented more than 16,000 ounces, valued at $14.9 million in gold recovery at today's prices.



The below enlarged picture shows just how close these incredible gold producers are to the 80 acre North Russian Creek unpatented gold mining claim. Claims in other areas brag of being in a "gold region", but most are dozens of miles from producing mines. This claim is within eyesight of some incredibly rich and historically documented gold mines.


The North Russian Creek is a constant provider of water and precious minerals to the North Fork Salmon River. This massive creek, together with the South Russian Creek (bottom center of below picture), and the North Fork Salmon River (upper left of below picture) converge just a few miles south of this claim (Idlewild Campground, bottom center/left) and slam the North Fork Salmon River with an incredible surge of water and gold bearing material. The collision of these three gold bearing rivers make the North Fork Salmon River the "richest little river in America". The location of the Russian Creek mining claim is depicted with a star.


The North Russian Creek runs through the heart of the North Russian Creek unpatented gold mining claim and contains a couple serious "S" turns. Natural sharp bends such as this create fabulous low pressure zones and gravel bars, representing a first class environment for serious gold deposition. These low pressure zones, together with natural obstructions in the river (large boulders) can trap paying quantities of famous northern California gold. Ancient riverbeds are also visible on both sides of the creek. These "ancient rivers of gold" were formed eons ago and indicate the location of the creek before it cut a lower path in the valley. Ancient benches in this region have produced phenomenal gold, and those enjoying high banking and metal detecting activities are sure to have some incredible cleanups in those old beds.



The below aerial photo shows the claims approximate location on the ground compared with the location of the historic gold mines in the immediate area. The drainage from the Hogan and Homestake Mines goes down into Taylor creek (to the left), and the drainage from the Cub Bear and Overton goes down Cow Creek (to the right).



This is the aerial view above the Homestake Mine as you look down Taylor Creek as she dumps gold bearing material into the North Russian mining claim.



If you're looking for a proven gold mining claim directly below historic gold producers with great water and good access in one of the richest regions in the United States, then look no further than this unpatented gold mining claim, North Russian Creek.



There are dozens of references available online produced by state and federal agencies, some of which date back to the 1850's. Additionally, public libraries in the region contain rare books, manuals, and manuscripts which document the richness of this specific region. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions on references, where to find them, or how to search for additional historical information about these rare mining claims.

Report XXI of the State Mineralogist, 1925: "The 17 miles between Sawyers Bar and Forks of Salmon have made an estimated production of $25,000,000 in gold. The sources of this were the numerous gold-bearing veins of the basin drained by Salmon River and its tributaries, most important of which were the last two named gulches, Russian Creek, and the south fork below the mouth of Black Bear Creek." Page 420, California State Mineralogist


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Chapters of State Mineralogist's report, 1913-1914: "The unusual strikes of "high grade" ore in the Salmon range, especially in the Homestake and Highland mines, has stimulated lode mining and given the county the publicity it deserves. The Black Bear, with a production record of over $2,500,000, is the most noted gold quartz producer in Siskiyou County. There are many prospects that should develop into producers with the expenditure of a moderate amount of money. The conditions for mining are ideal, due to the abundance of both water and timber, and the California-Oregon Power Company affords cheap electrical power to many of the mining sections." Bottom of page 66, California State Mineralogist


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Chapters of State Mineralogist's report, 1913-1914: "The unusual strikes of "high grade" ore in the Salmon range, especially in the Homestake and Highland mines, has stimulated lode mining and given the county the publicity it deserves. The Black Bear, with a production record of over $2,500,000, is the most noted gold quartz producer in Siskiyou County. There are many prospects that should develop into producers with the expenditure of a moderate amount of money. The conditions for mining are ideal, due to the abundance of both water and timber, and the California-Oregon Power Company affords cheap electrical power to many of the mining sections." Bottom of page 66, California State Mineralogist


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Specimen from the Homestake Mine

The photo of this incredible Homestake Mine gold specimen (Salmon River District, Siskiyou County) can be seen on the California Geological Survey website as DMG CD 2000-01-Selected Photographs.
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Chapters of State Mineralogist's report, 1913-1914: "Quartz ledges on Jackass Gulch on the north side of the North Fork are being prospected and some pay ore developed. The Black Bear, Klamath, Gold Ball, Fagundez, Uncle Sam and Gold Run are the noted mines in this location. There are a number of prospects, also, which may develop into producers. In the same district near Snowden the recent strikes of "high grade" ore have caused considerable excitement. The Homestake, Highland, Overton, Zarina and Advance are the best known quartz properties, while the Big Cliff and Hardscrabble comprise two of the many promising prospects." Top of page 78, California State Mineralogist


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Guidebook to Siskiyou's Gold Fields: "The Homestake Mine is located on Talyor Creek, tributary to the Salmon River, adjoins the Overton Mine and is not far from the Highland Mine and the Advance Mine, all of which were active about the same time, and in which John F. Boyle had a supervisory interest, and was consulting engineer for the different groups."

"The Homestake was first located by H.B. Wintering and recorded on June 25, 1903 as the Liberty Mining District Ridge."

The Homestake group now became patented and consisted of the following claims: Homestake, Trusty, Rattler, Buckeye, Seattle, Tacoma, and Snowden Quartz mining claims. The Homestake was a producer of pocket gold, some of the output of which was in the Siskiyou County gold exhibit at one time. The ore was of high grade, running about $8 a pound. It was free gold and beautiful for speciments. One time a chinaman picked up a chunk of gold, handed it to Mr. Boyle as he tried to read the design of Chinese letters appearing on it."
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Saddle Bags in Siskyou: "Seven miles of the North Fork of the Salmon River, from Russian Creek to a short distance below Little North Fork, began pouring a wealth of gold into the world markets. Tributaries of the Salmon, Russian Creek, Whites Gulch, and Eddys Gulch...." Page 31, Joseph Roy Jones, 1953


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Platinum and Allied Metals in California, State Mineralogist, 1919: "The North Fork of the Salmon River rises in the Salmon Mountains and after flowing north, east and south, finally breaks out of the high mountains and receives Russian Creek, one of its chief branches, a few miles east of Tanners Peak. Here it turns west. Its other main tributary is the Little North Fork, a beautiful stream whose upper course is little known. This enters North Fork from the north five miles below Sawyers Bar." Bottom of Page 70, C.A. Logan, State Mineralogist


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The North Russian Creek unpatented mining claim represents one of the finest placer gold mining claims available in this historically rich region. Every possible aspect of gold prospecting can be thoroughly enjoyed on this property. Utilize a dredge to recover the nuggets from the bedrock, or process the incredibly rich gravel bars and virgin bench material with a high banker.

With 80 acres to explore, search for the ancient streambed above the river or commence your own pocket hunting expedition. Be prepared to spend decades metal detecting on this claim for the nuggets which have made this region world famous. Pocket hunting is the art of locating pockets of gold that have formed along a crack or fissure on the surface. Through various natural shifts in the earth's surface, cracks and fissures in veins can open up, creating the perfect environment for gold to be exposed. Iron oxidation, or "red earth", is a great indication of a gold bearing environment.

All the pleasures of town can be found just 18 miles away in Etna. There is a motel, gas station with convenience store and laundry mat, hardware store, a food store, and a couple great Northern California family restaurants to choose from. A perfectly cooked steak never tasted so good after a week of prospecting! The larger city of Yreka is just 25 minutes further north. There, you will find the larger establishments such as a Super Wal-Mart, many hotels, and dozens of eating establishments.

If you'd prefer to camp near your claim but not on it, the Idlewild Campground is just 4 miles down the road. There you will find clean restrooms and a payphone. Refined campsites there can support any size RV or motorhome. Please check with the Forest Service for more details about these improved campgrounds and the amenities they provide.

Those looking for the total outdoor experience and excitement can camp directly on this claim. There are plenty of places to set up camp under the canopy of perfect shade, surrounded by complete peace and quiet (minus the awesome sound of the creek easing down the valley!). Sawyers Bar Road can be used to access all points of this property, and there are multiple pull-offs on the road that can be used to park vehicles.



The photos and short videos below were taken directly on site. This 80 acre unpatented mining claim is properly marked, and the location monument was recently upgraded to a pressure treated 4x4 post. The property is marked on the river and also at multiple locations on the road. The legal documentation is current with Siskiyou County and with the Bureau of Land Management.

Photo #1: Sawyers Bar Road is a well
traveled hard surfaced road that is
expertly maintained.
Photo #2: The view of the North Russian
Creek from Sawyers Bar Road. This photo
was taken from the northern portion of
the claim.
Photo #3: The North Russian Creek location
monument was recently upgraded to a pressure
treated 4x4 post. The post is painted white
for ease of location. The location notice is
attached to the post.
Photo #4: The North Russian Creek unpatented
mining claim is marked in multiple locations
on the road and also down in the creekbed.
Photo #5: One of the many turns in the
river on this claim which create excellent
natural low pressure areas for gold deposition.
Photo #6: This photo shows how material has
been sucked behind large boulders in the creek.
Natural gold traps such as this have been known
to unveil incredible pockets of gold.
Photo #7: A great shot showing the natural
eroding benches working their way down into
the river. These benches are gold bearing
and have been depositing gold into this region
for eons.
Photo #8: A nice aerial view of the river
channel as it moves down towards the lower
end of the claim.
Photo #9: An on-the-ground shot looking
upstream at the North Russian Creek. Notice
the massive boulders that have been tossed
about in the natural stream channel.
Photo #10: Looking downstream right before
another series of turns, the North Russian
Creek unpatented mining claim contains many
gravel bars and benches for high banking and
metal detecting.
Photo #11: This is a picture of the massive
tailing piles on the west side of the river
directly on this mining claim. Massive tailing
piles give great indication that serious gold
was being found, and a metal detector enthusiast
will be in heaven on this claim searching for
nuggets that have made this region world famous.
Photo #12: This is another photo of the natural
benches eroding into the stream channel. High
benches such as this continue to deposit gold
in the the current day stream.
Photo #13: An ancient streambed is obvious
on the northwest side of this mining claim.
Here, rounded moss-covered rocks give great
signs of where the river was flowing eons ago.
These "ancient rivers of gold" have been known
to produce some incredible nuggets as well as
ancient pay streaks.
Photo #14: This final photo shows how
massive the tailing piles are at the lower
end of this mining claim. It is a known fact
that operations of generations past only
recovered 60% of the gold from the material
they processed. The remaining 40% went right
back into these piles!


Natural low pressure zones behind large boulders
on the North Russian Creek unpatented mining claim.

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Upstream and downstream shot of the North Russian
Creek. Also a great shot of the gold bearing bench
material eroding into the stream channel.

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Nice shot looking upstream towards the northern
boundary of the North Russian Creek unpatented
mining claim.

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A view looking down onto the North Russian
Creek unpatented mining claim.

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Unpatented gold mining claims in this historically rich region are rare and do not remain available for long periods of time. We suggest that all interested parties visit those claims they are interested in purchasing. Please contact us for more information about visiting our properties.

Northwest Prospects cannot hold properties that are listed for sale for any interested parties, and the unpatented mining claim will remain available until a signed contract and down payment or full payment is received.




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