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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 22, 1900)
Wednesday. August 2?, 1900.
THE SUMPTER MINER.
Worked Forty Years But Just
Now Attracting Attention.
NEW MINING DISTRICT, if" f W and occasionally good
' ledges are encountered. The section Is on
I the edge of the granite belt, the Rener.il
' formation brine lime, porphyry and
quartite. I he values are tarried prin
cipally in the decomposed matter found
1 in the seams and in the talc. The ore is
mostly granite, and slacks when exposed
to the air and rain for a short time.
S. P. Colts is operating a Crawford
ml. I and opening up several prospects on
Midday hill and Spiritual, to the west of
the P.isln. To the e.ist of the basin on
California gulch, Huntington mm are
opening up some claims, while to the
northeast, B. H. Head, M. S. Mead, J.
D. Voss, h. Roberts, V. 1). Newbury and
others are developing prospects. Mr.
Head has been here over two vears and
made many locations. The principal work
has been done on the Morning Star, w here
a 4o-foot ledge is exposed in an open cut
and also hva loo-foot tunnel. I his whole
ledge Is said by K. H. Head to assay J7
to the ton. The ground Is easily wmkrd,
little joder b-lng necessary. There Is
also a 4o-foot shaft on the Star. On the
Puget Sound claim some rich quart is
exposed bv open cuts. The tioldeu
Bagle, at the head of the south fork of
Pedro creek, has been opened by a 70-foot
shaft, and a small vein of rich quart is
epoed. This is In granite, and the
main ledge is thought to be In contact
with slate some 30 teet from the present
1 lie Honana, an extension of the Gol
den Bagle, has a 4o-foot shaft. Ul all
the prospects in the camp, the Rising Sun
is the most peculiar, seeming to be a net
work M small ledges, all of which pans
freely, as does the surface dirt.
Rye valley is another section associated
with the memories of the early pioneer
days, and it still produces the yellow metal
in small quantities. Here are also found
evidence ot early quartz mining in the
Monumental Green's Discovery and
others, where hundreds of feet of tunnel
ire found anil the remains ot
I hese claims all produced high
The low range of mountains forming
the divide between Burnt river and
Powder river is drained on the Burnt
riverside by many streams that in early
days were profitably worked for placer
gold. In most instances they have been
worked out, and for the past two years
the miners and prospectors have been at
work in an endeavor to locate the source
of the gold. Up to the present they have
not been successful to any extent, but
the thorough investigation of the forma
tions and conditions has enabled a few to
uncover veins which give iiiikIi promise
of richness and permanency.
On Continental Gulch, 'some 2; miles
south of east from Sumpter, the Keyton
Bros, discovered, some two years ago, a
ledge in a contact of porphyry and lime
stone that they ; have been working suc
cessfully. At first the quart was hauled
to Auburn creek and washed through an
old arastra and gave good returns. It
was found that while the best values
were in the quartz, the whole hillside,
consisting of talc and porphyry, carried
values. A Huntington mill and winner
were installed, and for the past todays
they have been busy extracting gold in
paying quantities from what was con
sidered the waste dump. 1 he extent of
the deposit Is not known, but has been
opened up about 75 feet in width and no
walls or barren places found. The ledge
is easily traceable for seveial miles, and
has also been opened up on Auburn creek,
where the Gold Bub Mining company is
operating an arastra, the ledge being 1 and shaft
similar to where opened oy the iseytou , old mills
Bros, in the Juniper Hill group. I his
ledge carries a seam of asbestos of good
quality, the liber being leut: and tine,
and tons of it can be seen on the dumps
at the different prospects and mines. It
is found In all stages ot development, ly
ing in a soft slate rock. With transporta
tion facilities this .sould add to the pres
ent value of the mine product, but at
present it is thrown aside as valueless.
On Auburn creek, about two miles from
Bridgeport, some good ledges are being
grade ore, but with depth they run to sil
ver anil were .mmiloned tor lick 01 a
cheap method to save the values. The
dumps are there and the ore shows Mil
nhurets of silver In paying quantities.
The shads are round, and, although not
timbered, are still in a good state of preser
vation. The tunnels in many places have
'caved in. The old workings show that
the ledges are small, typical of the granite
formation. II. H. I-ranee, who lias tieen
in the section for 3$ years, says that in
opened up. 'I his gulch has been mined early days much of the ore was packed to
tor piacer aim quart lor ine past 30 noise tor treatment anil paid nauiisomeiy.
years, the gravel banks and sluice boxes ' Last fall a small stamp mill was erected
of the placer miner and the old arastra on the south fork of Pedro creek, but was
of the quartz miner being still in evl- run for a short time only, the builder
deuce. In April of this year R. D. I finding lie had made a bad bargain in
Chuinley discovered two parallel ledges bonding a group of claims, b. b. Savage
crossing the gulch, both ot which are
wide and have been uncovered tor over
a mile. The ore is almost an iron rock,
and the gold is very rusty, requiring con
siderable scouring before It .tn be gath
ered in a gold pan.
On the Hillhouse group a shaft Is
is arranging to start the mill .is a custom
mill and says he will add a concentrator
and other necessary machinery. At pres
ent lie is contracting with the different
mines for ore and is meeting with such
success that an additional live-stamp bat
tery will be necessary to handle the busi-
down feet, and a 12-toot dritt from the , ness.
bottom of the shaft tuts but one wall. The old Aim property has been pur
The surface shows 25 feet of a ledge. ' chased recently by Salt Lake and Hunt
The lowest value obtained thus tar was ' ington men. who have let a contract for
$10 to the ton, and it has run up to $60, 1 an additional jo feet on the shaft and ar
Mr. Chumley says. Within 1000 leet is ranged for cleaning out the old tunnels,
a parallel ledge 40 feet wide, which has There is some 1 500 feet of work dene on
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pectors can be seen on all the hillsides,
and comer stakes are getting thick. This
camp has plenty of good timber and water
for ordinary mining purposes. I he aras
tra is run by water power. Some very
line specimens are obtained here. One
was exhibited weighing about an ounce,
that are expected to come together with a
little more depth.
Farther up on the south slope of Pedro
mountain, W. O. Reynolds, a mining
man of the Sumpter district, is opening up
the Leila and Granite claims. A shaft is
down forty feet, wuere water was en
consisting of a piece of porphyry, on one ( countered, and a tunnel is now being run
Slue 01 wnicil was uu umi .iiiu 111c umci
was literally studded witli gold.
Some two miles below Bridgeport,
Clark's Pork empties Into Burnt river.
This stream has been pl.uered since the
earlv 6os, and is being worked now by
the Chinese, who are operating on the
high benches or bars with apparent suc
cess, and have a regulation Chinatown
established. 1 his stream has been worked
no to a few feet of the summit ot the
range and within 100 yards ot the dig
to drain the shaft. There is considerable
milling ore on the dump, and a force will
be put to work stoplug as soon as the
shaft is drained.
1 lie Gordon Reef claim, a quarter of a
mile from the Reynolds property, shows
up well, considering the limited amount of
work done. 1 he ore is high grade, much
running over $100 to the ton, The Silver
Blue, owned by H. B. Fran, lus had
some $$000 worth of work done on It, but
has not much ore sloped nut, as it is a
L-ines at the head ot the gulches emptying silver and gold property, and Mr. Fran
Into Mormon nasin.
Mormon Basin lias been a steady pro
ducer of gold since 1862, and is today be
ing plater mined, by Chinese mostly,
but also by men who worked It in i6j,
when it was good for f 10 to ?5 ' day.
One of these old miners is today taking
out barely enough to keep him In grub,
hut is keot at work by the hope that
springs eternal, daily expecting a nugget
is hnninic tor the elect on of Mr. Brvan
and the restoration of the price of silver.
This ore has been shipped to Boise, work
ed in an arastra and stamp mill and al
ways paid, although much of the value
was lost in the concentrates,
1 his field is nut of the mineral belt, and
has been almost entirely overlooked by
mining men of modern ideas in search of
properties. I he territory Is an excellent
or pocket that will furnish wages tor a Held for the prospector and mining man of
season. 1 ne ininc twium ucuhuiw nrain.
and waters, while the poor white man 1 0 the west of Mormon Basin some 12
must be content with surface water. miles is situated Malheur, where the
Of late years some attention has been Eagle mine Is being worked. The prop
paid to quartz. The whole country erty Is equipped with a Crawford mill.
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