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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View This Issue
THE SUMPTER MINER.
Wednesday, September rj, 11899.
Sumpter Mining District.
The name of Sumpter, which stands out
boldly on the paf.es of history and
nil war records, Is destined to become great
In peace. This town is today attracting
tlie attention it has so long waited for
and which it so richly deserves. The
wonderful developed and still Rioter un
developed mineral resources of the great
ore belt that courses from east to west is,
when all the conditions that facilitate
mining and the extraction of values are
considered, is uncqtialed In the western
This 'great gold-bearing one Is made
up In part of at least three parallel dykes
of slate, with a general east and west
trend, for at least forty miles or more,
from the Haisley-tilkhoriiup to and proba
bly beyond the base of the Greenhorn
mountains. As we approach the Green
horn mountains, the serpentine and old
greenstone appear associated with the
slate and porphyry, giving the formation
most of the geological features that form
the great mother lode of California, of
which many believe It to be a part; yet
there are one or two factors In which tills
bell differs. First, the frequent Intrusion
of porphyry dykes that occur plainly in
the vicinity of the Ned Hoy and at Susan
villr, cutting across the slate strata, but in
110 case effecting the surprising continuity
of the ore-bearing leads. In the mother
lode ore exists more In the form of shoots,
often long distances apart, while here the
all these streams, a number of which are
worked. The gold in every one of these
gulches came from the veins of quartz
that traverse this dyke.
On the south side of the Middle Fork
there is another slate belt that has sup
plied the placers of that slope with gold.
Within the next year the whole scope of
country lying between the granite belt be
yond the Red Boy and Dixie mountains
will beprospectedand mines opened upas
good as any yet found by returning Klon-
dykers,that the coast papers turned away
from the great wealth and boundless op
portunities of this section.
It Is now apparent that nearly, If not
all, the concentrates are susceptible to
cyanide or clorluatlon, thus keeping
that much more wealth within the dis
trict. All of the Cougar ore will be
treated by cyanide. Eighty-three per
cent of tlie gold values of the Red Hoy
concentrates can be saved by tills process.
I here is timber for miles on all sides.
Every camp and mine, except one, Is ac
cessible by good roads with a buggy; good
water everywhere, and telephone service
to all camps and most of the mines.
Every requisite factor for great mines and
a big camp Is here.
The writer predicted not long ago that
1,000 stamp would be crushing ore within
a few years. This year, up to date,
cruslilugcapaclty equal to loostampshave
been adJed, or are being completed. The
veins are comparatively continuous, and
In the Granite district, near the Ned Hoy,
the existence of the leads have been actu
ally proven fur a distance of nearly two
miles on their strike, and it Is not at all
Improbable that gold mines will be opened
on this dyke up to and east of Granite.
Kiel 1 stringers and pockets of gold
quart, are often found In the porphyry,
but the big ore bodies are in the slate,
these porphyry dykes being evidently
a secondary or later formation than the
slates, having been formed more recently
than the leads as well. These parallel
gold-bearing dykes, to Illustrate, will be
designated the north, middle and south
dvkes, and as yet it is difficult to tell
which of these will prove the most pro-1
Tlie north dyke certainly extends for at I
least thirty miles, witli an occasional '
tault within half a mile of the granite
for the entire distance. On this dyke
are located the Haisley-Elkhoru and its
extensions, the North I'ole, E. A !:.,
Columbia, Golconda, Hunker Hill, Ibex,
Mammoth, .Magnolia, Cougar, May
Queeu and Red Hoy. Nine of these can
be called developed, producing mines, and
at least four of them dividend payers.
A tew miles further south Is the middle
dvke, upon which are locateJ the Wale
Imperial, Little Giant and Yellowstone
mines. The placer gold taken from Ne
vada, Quart, Spring and Ruby creeks
were all fed from the leads In this dyke,
as were the placers near Sumpter sup
plied by the big mines of Cracker creek.
This gulch has produced untold wealth
and Is still a heavy producer of gold dust.
On the south dyke the Houana is the
great center of operations, yet there are
other mines like the Richmond and more
that show every Indication of becoming
the equal of the best. 1 he Cooper group,
at the head of Vincent creek, only seven
miles to the west, possesses all the marks
of a big mine. On the extreme west
comes the Hadger, at Susanville, foity
miles distant, producing ore that it costs
f 500 per carload to ship and treat and
still nets a good profit. This great slate
belt has hardly been scratched, so far as
development goes. Elk, Elg Boulder,
Beaver, Granite Boulder, Little Boulder,
-'Indies and Vincent creeks all head in,
jbelt. There is gold In
steady monthly output has had Its effect
on, the outside financial world on both
sides of the water; thousands of the de
sired capital Is here and more will come.
Within a year new towns will spring up
at Susanville and Granite. Botli arc sur
rounded by good mines. Spokane capital
Is now lutererted In and around Sumpter
and a whole lot of people arc glad of It.
The brains and money of Spokane will
develop hundreds of mines and make this
one of the best towns on the coast. Ev
ery mining man and investor who enters
this field sees this at once and Is not
afraid to say so to the other fellow. In
spite of the Indifference of a greater por
tion of the press of this state and
against the wishes of a few bears, Sump
ter A'lll, Inside of two years, have 4,000
peopie aim re ine oesi mining camp on
The era of deep sinking has begun.
Every foot gained In depth only adds
faitli to the value and permanencv of
these leads. In proportion as this fact Is
established, millions will roll Into this
section for development, and the name of
Sumpter will be known from one end of
the continent to the other.
John i;. Li-land.
Should be Eailly Sit jfkj.
On the over-crowded logging train en
route from Baker to this city one day last
week was an Individual with "tenderfoot"
written In large letters all over his person
and bearing. Me was ubiquitous, loqua
cious; was of the celluloid color dude varie
ty and persistently tried to tell the unin
terested and unsympathetic passengers all
about hlmsilf. Finally lie appro.icheJ a
gentleman with this evidently Intended
as merely an opening remark:
"If I Can lind a place out this way to
suit me, I am going to locate her and send
for my family."
"Where are you from," asked the man
to whom this Information was Impres
"Ncbrasky, near Grand Island."
"Well, say, my friend, you just drop
off this train anywhere along here, and if
you are a man who can appreciate a good
thing, by comparison, when you sec It,
you will be tickled to death, and hasten to
the nearest telegraph station and wire for
the dear ones at home to tike the next
overland for this paradise in comparison
with Nebraska, of course."
Then the auspiciously begun conversa
tion suddenly terminated.
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