SECTION EK-12

Survey number:      Owner:      Date of discovery:

SECTION EK-12, Claim Names listed here.

MINING CLAIMS OF SECTION EK-12

BLUE Claim boundaries and names are those shown by Cleveland Taylor, 1925 and Troxel & Morton, 1962.

GREEN boundaries and names are those shown by Shepard, Wheeler & Rhodes, 1897.

GOLD fills the 1908 boundaries of the Yellow Aster Mine, later enlarged.

Where claims straddle two Sections, we’ve put the text in the Section using up the most real estate.

For the purposes of organizing the mountain of information, we’ve created the Claims Category as a repository for the zillions of locations which ‘didn’t pan out’ or whose economic ore had played out before 1925.

Particularly in the beginning, many properties came under the classification of ‘Paper Claims’, held on the merest hint of color, or merely by virtue of their proximity to known producers and nuisance value .  Indeed, parcels barely large enough for an out-house produced fabulous wealth, but they were the exception, and are dumped here.

Mark Twain defined a Mine as “a hole in the ground owned by a liar.”  Where the holes are deep enough we’ve probably given it a feature article at: Randsburg>Mines.

Sorry if the organization seems confusing, kindly volunteer at the front desk to devise and implement improvements.  – WJW

 

NINE SPOT SEC 12???

April 9, 1904: “MESSERS. SCHMIDT AND QUIGLEY who are operating on the Nine Spot mill six tons this week at the Atkinson Mill.”  — Randsburg Miner

October, 1904: “FOR SALE OR LEASE—Waldemar and Nine Spot quartz claims lying between the Sunshine and Stanford mining claims. Also Vienna quartz claim adjoining Black Hawk. For particulars Vald Schmidt, 321So.Spring St. Los Angeles.”  – Randsburg Miner

April 12, 1906: “VAL SCHMIDT of the Nine Spot, Waldemir, and Vienna Quartz mines has returned from Los Angeles and will look after the above mines”. - Randsburg Miner?

 

NONDESCRIPT

 

1962: LOCATED IN NE ¼ sec. 12, T30S, R40E, MDM, Stringer district, 2 miles southeast of Randsburg.  Vertical prospect shaft 200 feet deep developed in search for silver-bearing veins in early 1920’s. The amount of production is undetermined”. Mines and Minerals of Kern County California, California Division of Mines and Geology, County Report 1

 

OPHIR—RAWHIDE

June 10, 1896: “SAN BERNARDINO BREVITIES—Roscoe Willard and Edgar Harrison came in from the mines in the Rand District last night say the Times-Index.  They expect to return in about 10 days with a five stamp mill and ten horse power engine and push the work on their claims—the Rawhide and Ophir.  They have a four and half foot shaft down about 100 feet and about one hundred tons of ore on the dump, on which they will go to work as soon as the mill is in running order.  In company with Ed Dooley and Jesse Beggs, they own eight claims in the district, and all give promise of good things.  They report about one thousand people at and near Randsburg and Cow Wells, with three stages daily for Mojave, and everything pointing to a prosperous future.”  — Los Angeles Daily Times

January 2, 1897: “THE RAWHIDE is about 400 yards distant (from the G. B. in the locality of the Blackhawk) and is owned by Dooly, Biggs, Harrison and Willard.  This is a low grade proposition with a heavy body of ore, easily worked, but not now available, as it only goes something like $10 per ton.  There is a shaft eighty feet in depth and several cross-cuts showing eight feet of ore.”  — Los Angeles Daily Times

March 19, 1904: “MESSERS. MONTGOMERY AND McCORMICK are in about 40 feet in the tunnel they are running in the Ophir.  When the tunnel is completed they will have a depth of 250 feet.”  — Los Angeles Mining Review

ORPHAN GIRL

 

SUMMARY:

 

1962: LOCATED IN THE NW ¼ sec. 12, T30S, R40E. MDM, Stringer district, 2 miles southeast of Randsburg.  Discovered in 1896 and mined mostly in 1905-1906, 1911, 1928-29, and 1934-1935.  Principal output was in 1911.  Total output is few hundred ounces of gold from ore the averaged about 0.4 oz. gold per ton.  Orphan girl vein is developed by a 370-foot inclined shaft with drifts totaling 500 feet on 3 levels.  – Mines and Minerals of Kern County California, California Division of Mines and Geology, County Report 1.

CHRONOLOGY:

August 29, 1903: “E. HAMMOND AND S. OAKLEY are down 140 feet on the Orphan Girl and are now drifting on the 130-foot level.” — The Mining and Scientific Press

 

 

RIZZ NO. 2  ( GOLDEN EAGLE ) (ORPHAN GIRL?)

SUMMARY:

 

1962: THE RIZZ NO. 2 is located in the NW ¼ sec. 12, T30S, R40E, MDM, Stringer district, 1 ½ miles south of Randsburg.  Formerly Golden Eagle claim and may be same as Orphan Girl.  It is developed by inclined shaft to an undetermined depth.  It was owned in 1957 by W. C. Wilkenson and Americo Rizzardini.” – Mines and Minerals of Kern County California, California Division of Mines and Geology, County Report 1

 

CHRONOLOGY:

June 7, 1957: “RIDGECREST — Max Rizzardini and Bill Wilkerson were in Ridgecrest last Sunday with samples of gold bonanza quartz struck at a depth of 15 feet on Wilkerson’s claim adjoining the old Sunshine Mine at Randsburg in the Stringer District.

Last Saturday they had decided to put in a finishing round and quit the claim unless some sign of ore was found. When they shoveled out the muck they found a glittering vein of quartz six inches in width and five feet long.

Pannings from both hanging and footwalls show bonanza quality while the quartz has gold specks glimmering all over it. “If it gets much better it will be in a class with picture rock,” they said.

Both men, old-time miners and prominent retired businessmen of the desert area, are loath to put in any more rounds. They fear the beautiful rock may pinch out in the same sudden way it appeared. As things stand they are potential millionaires and have agreed to thing things over for two weeks before putting in another round. It is too nice a feeling to be trifled with.” – San Bernardino Sun

TOGO GROUP

 

1962: THE TOGO GROUP IS LOCATED IN THE NE ¼ sec. 12, T30S, R40E, MDM, Stringer district, 2 1/4 miles south of Randsburg.  Patented claims on west side of Vienna mine. Development consists of several shallow excavations.” – Mines and Minerals of Kern County California, California Division of Mines and Geology, County Report 1.

 

VIENNA PROSPECT

 

April 9, 1904: “MESSERS. SCHMIDT AND QUIGLEY who are operating on the Nine Spot mill six tons this week at the Atkinson Mill.”  — Randsburg Miner

 

October 1904: “FOR SALE OR LEASE—Waldemar and Nine Spot quartz claims lying between the Sunshine and Stanford mining claims. Also Vienna quartz claim adjoining Black Hawk. For particulars Vald Schmidt, 321So.Spring St. Los Angeles.”  — Randsburg Miner

 

April 12, 1906: “VAL SCHMIDT of the Nine Spot, Waldemir, and Vienna Quartz mines has returned from Los Angeles and will look after the above mines.” - Randsburg Miner

 

 

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