BIG GOLD MINE ( Big Tungsten, Bi-Metallic, West End)

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SUMMARY:
1962:  LOCATION: secs. 3 and 4, T.30S., R.40E., M. D. M. 1 ½ miles southwest of Randsburg, on the northwest flank of Government Peak, Rand Mountains. The Big Gold deposit was discovered in 1898 and was worked intermittently until 1923 by which time a 384-foot vertical two-compartment shaft has been sunk and more than 500 feet of horizontal working has been driven, mostly at the 155 foot level.  Since 1923 the principal periods of activity have been 1927-28, and 1940-42.  The total value of the output of gold and silver is estimated by John Kreta who was the owner in the 1950’s at $500,000, The mine also  produced some Tungsten. – Mines and Minerals of Kern County California, California Division of Mines and Geology County Report 1

CHRONOLOGY:

January 5, 1923: THE BIG GOLD COMPANY RESUMED sinking from its 200-foot level today.  A recent mill test from its last 50 feet of work gave returns of $68 gold per ton.  S. L. Pearce is directing engineer.” –Bakersfield Californian

January 25, 1923: A number of Visalians paid the Big Gold property a visit Sunday.’  Bakersfield Californian

April 2, 1923:  “COMPRESSOR ADDED TO MINE EQUIPMENT—Randsburg , April 2, –Now that the large compressor has been installed on the Big Gold workings and running in perfect condition, the sinking of their new shaft, now down 200 feet, has been resumed.  With good machine men now on the job, this shaft will certainly make a record.  The Big Gold is located in the west end of the Randsburg gold field, adjoining the Yellow Aster and Minnehaha, both with records of high-grade producers.” – Bakersfield Californian

March 1925:  The Big Gold property, composed of five claims worked under option of the Big Gold Company, lies high up on the north slope of the Rand Mountains, about a mile southwest of Randsburg.  The recent workings on the property consist of a vertical, 1 ½ compartment shaft, 384 feet in depth, and over 500 feet of horizontal workings.  From the surface down to 145 feet, the shaft is in quartz monzonite, 145 to 155 feet in quartz letite, and from 255 feet to the sump in schist.

Assays as high as $18.00 per ton in gold have been obtained from this vein. The gold appears to be very fine.  The presence of some tellurium in the ore is also reported, through in what form it occurs is now known.

In addition to the vein just described, two east-west veins occur which are about 300 feet apart.  The have given assays of from 5 oz. to 8 oz. of silver per ton. – Hulin

May 26, 1923: ”Active development work continues in the sinking of a deep shaft on the Big Gold group. ”—Bakersfield Californian

August 30, 1930: “Guy Edde has completed a thorough sampling of the Big Gold property, at Randsburg, California, until recently, operated by O’Donnel and Simpson, of Los Angeles. Convinced of the possibilities of the ground, he has paid off all obligations against the property, and has made arrangements to open the ground. Former operators have located four ledges, averaging $15 a ton, and varying in width from 4 to 12 feet.”—The Mining Journal

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