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       266 acre Historic Mining Property

Featured on SyFy's hit show "Ghost Mines"  in Season 2.  Phoenix TV, newspapers. Watch the complete Ghost Mine shows online. Scroll down for the links.  On this property,  Numerous Patented Claims believe to follow the rich Octave vein and offshoots,  up the mountain with road access to over 5,100 feet elevation, surrounded by BLM land.
Home and mining equipment included!  MLS 4860107  Offered for $ 5.9 million 

Please note: Sellers are not currently seeking partnerships, joint ventures and leasing agreements.  An option may be purchased for exploration work and due diligence and would be put toward the agreed upon purchase price of the property.

Mining JournalFeatured in a 5-page cover story in Prospecting and Mining Journal on "Assembling a First-Class Mining Property. " The article states "this is the first time all of these contiguous mining properties have been united under the control of a single owner."

Click here to read the article:  Mining Journal Cover Story London's Daily Mail Feature

Over 200,000 oz. of gold documented, 75,000 oz. silver!  Watch the video tour Octave Video Tour  Just in: Fox10 at the Octave CBS 5 Visits the Octave Mine

  Panorama photo with property lines

A panorama of the patented claims and their approximate location.  Lowest elevation is on the left, about 3,300 feet, to over 5,100 feet on the right, as the miners had claimed the big Octave vein and it's offshoots going up the mountain.  Four Peaks, NE of Phoenix, is visible from the highest points!

Handful of gold
(photo left) 16.75 troy oz. of gold from the property. An amazing offering in the red-hot Weaver Mining district containing more than 266 acres of patented claims, surrounded by BLM land, including the site of the famous mining town of Octave and the Beehive mines. A perfect place for a "Bug Out" location, a remote enclave for the ultimate seclusion. In addition, the variety of topography is perfect for hiking, exploring and hunting. There's a well on the site, income-producing FM tower and an energy-efficient home all included. . Claims follow the 3-mile-long main gold vein and offshoots and rise over 4,000 ft. high with views all the way to Four Peaks. Geology has produced some incredible gold specimens on site that collectors treasure. Excellent helipad locations as well!      MLS #   4860107     Listed at $ 5.9 million dollars 


Rich Hill

The road to the home traverses a valley along the legendary Rich Hill, and the entire area is one of Arizona's most active mining areas, in the Weaver District.  By the 1880's, about 50,000 ounces of gold were taken out in placer claims, and then the hard rock lode claims began to get worked.   Experts  say the Octave produced more gold than all the placer claims in the area combined!!!  Historical reports say between 1895-1925, the Octave produced 53,000 oz/Gold and 75,000 oz/Silver, and the mine was once operated by Asarco.  It's reported that every inch of Rich Hill has been claimed, and the Octave and Beehive property being offered are all patented historic claims that follow the Octave vein and it's offshoots up the mountains. This location here is near the town of Weaver, on the road to the home and property.  Two live-in caretakers protect the site and it's minerals.
See more on the history and geology of the region by scrolling down.
Photos below, aerials of Rich Hill from the South. On the right photo, you'll note the road going to the home, which is also pictured on the ground in the above photo.  It's a striking geologic area! 

Ghost Mine hunters

Check this out!!!   SyFy channel's hit show "Ghost Mines" featured a trip deep into the Octave Mine  on two episodes this past season.  Watch the episodes online  here:
Episode 9-"Town-Wide Terror"   Octave segment begins about 21:40 into the show and is interspersed after that. You can drag the timeline cursor over to that point. Town-Wide Terror
Episode 10-"Passageway to the Unknown"   The Octave segment begins  at 4 min, 20 sec.   Passageway to the Unknown
Paranormal researcher Kristen visits the deep tunnels that are 25 miles long, pictured above with several expert miners. 
Photos below:  The Octave, just a small part of the property being offered, was one of Arizona's most historic properties, with documented gold production of over 200,000 ounces.  The buildings are all gone now, but the minerals of the rich vein remain, snaking underneath the 266 acres of patented land.

  historical shot



home

(above left) Home compound. The caretakers trailer is on the right. There's a small working pit with equipment on the left.  (photo right) At the bottom of the hill, the workings of the original Octave mine. The road to the house is on the left side. The road that snakes up the hill services the FM antenna put it.
(below) Once you get up to the house, here's the big picture of the top half of the property.

mountain labels

home
In addition to the 266 acres of land, this home on the left is included in the sale. It's a nice manufactured home of 1100 sq. ft. built in 1997 with new Anderson windows (2009), ample redwood deck, screen porch and shade structure, desert landscaping, efficient appliances, Viking stove, alternative energy system (PV panels mounted on solar trackers, wind turbine, inverters, battery bank, charge controllers, diesel generator), there's a  very high flow 420' residential well and 5000 gal galvanized tank, gravity pressured, 20' insulated air conditioned steel cargo container that has a shop and the charging system and batteries for the home's electrical system. Outside the home are three patios with great views and around the corner, there is a small working pilot mill for bulk testing or high grade small production near the house. The property has an electronic security gate and is partially walled with a stone fence around the exterior.  Elevation of the home is about 3,650.

Beehive Mill ruins twin tunnel vein

Site of the Beehive Mine mill, about half-way up the mountain   Headwall and some veins of the Twin Tunnels

examing the headwall

(Photos above and below, left)   Examining the massive headwall of the Octave Mine, where the large gold vein dipped below it at 30 degrees. The labyrinth of tunnels in the Octave exceeded 25 miles. These shots were taken above and at the 500 feet level.  The ample ground water in the area has filled the tunnels below approx. 800 feet.
(below, right) Huge excavation of the Nugget Pit, which was scrapped down to the prime ore-bearing rock. Note near the top where the pit was started. The bottom of the pit broke through some of the old tunnels. Scroll down further for an aerial view of the pit, and close-up of the ore-bearing rock.  Octave Video Tour

nugget pit


Tower tower

Looking across the secure entry gate for the Octave Mine, note the FM tower on the property, which  produces about $ 28,000 in income for the owner, on a 20-year transferable lease.
(photo above right)  Another view of the tower.   See the video tour and gold samples below: 

Let's start with photos of the home   Octave Video Tour


Home on the Hill Power panels

You'll be amazed where they were able to get this spacious manufactured home and the views it has!  The home has a well and although off the power grid, an innovative system of solar and wind generation, which are stored in a battery system in an adjacent steel cargo trailer, shown below. The cargo container has a small workshop. Note the batteries and charging systems at the end of the trailer.

steel cargo container

array






Great Room other view of Great Room

Spacious 2 bedroom home with all the comforts, halfway up the mountain!  Here's the Great Room with dining and TV area.  Below, a kitchen with refrigerator, Viking Range and a stackable washer/dryer in an adjacent room

kitchen view Viking range

Master Bedroom Front porch

Master Bedroom of the home, and there's also an adjacent children's room with bunk beds.  Plenty of patio space surrounds the home with three view patios and even a screened in porch. Beyond the porch, note the caretaker's trailer, which is inside a remotely-activated gate. The property is partially fenced about 120 acres) with barb wire and there is an extensive drystone wall surrounding the home and yard.

dining area

house with solar array





Screened-in porch area of the home and (above right) The master bath of the residence, with soaking tub and not visible on the right, a shower and flush toilet. The property is on a septic system


More on the mines. . .          Octave Video Tour       

crushing circuit crushing circuit

Adjacent to the home, there's  a small working pilot mill for bulk testing or high grade small production. Further up the road and  included in the sale is another 20' steel cargo container with a brand new crushing circuit that was imported from China but have has never been used or setup. It has a 3 phase electric jaw crusher rated at 5-20 TPH, 3 phase electric ball mill rated for 4TPH, appropriately sized conveyor and vibratory feeder/hopper.  It is hoped that this equipment can  crush and grind 3-5 TPH to 425UM. which can then be processed via simple gravity separation. There is a large amount of free milling ore of anomalous grade (1-5 grams/ton) which has been mined during previous treasure hunts and piled at the nugget pit.


assay office of the Beehive Verno

Assay office of the extensive Beehive Mine workings                        Head frame over the Verno Tunnel

Octave tunnel rock by the Octave

One of the many entrances to the Octave workings       Rock structure to the right of pictured tunnel entrance The Octave Mine has one of the most colorful histories of any operation in the Weaver District and has been referred to as "The Golden Queen of Rich Hill"  There have been books written just on this mine and it's operation.  See "Octave Gold Mine" by Dr. Erik Melchiorre published by Rock Doc Publications.

twin tunnels veins of the twin tunnels

Amazing veining of the Twin Tunnels as the patented claims follow the veins up the mountain (photos below show more of the twin tunnels structure

twin tunnels close up twin tunnels vein

Nugget tunnel nugget pit

Important area above the Nugget Tunnel (above left, and an aerial on the right)  A huge excavation has been carried out by the owners, who removed over 100 feet of overburden to scrape down to the headwall and veins and nugget tunnel, exposing the rich material.   (below, left)  "Nessie".,  at 238 grams, is the largest surviving specimen from the Beehive Mine, below see some of the other prized samples coveted by collectors so much found in the Nugget Pit and acid etched for cleaning.

Nessie the biggest nugget bottom of pan

nugget nugget

nugget nugget

Vista with mountains helipad

Photos above-the flat area near the top of the property, approx. 30,100 sq. ft, measuring an estimated 208 X 145 feet.  The views are stunning and the flat area would be perfect for a variety of uses, from processing, to a home with helipad.  You're looking at views to the North, into the BLM and Forest Service wilderness, with Oak and Pine-covered mountains.  See more from the top by scrolling down below!


Geologic Analysis of Octave, Beehive Mines   PDF Printable Copy

From the book “Rich Hill,  the history of Arizona’s Most Amazing Gold District”

By Dr. Erik Melchiorre, Dr. Dante Lauretta, Dr. M. Katherine Crombie, Chris Gholson

Published by Golden Retriever Publications

To order “Rich Hill” call toll free, 1-866-369-2468 or 1-303-449-5995  $24.95 + $3.95 s/h 

Octave Mine-One of Arizona’s best known mining properties, thought to be originally worked in the late 1860s.  The workings of the Octave mine consist of the main mine and nearby, the Joker mine, both which were mining the same ore body. The original Octave consisted of a decline that went 2000 feet deep, three shafts and several thousand feet of tunnels. The Joker workings  had a shaft that went down 1250 feet with approximately 3000 feet of tunnels.  The best ore production was from about 300 feet down.  Regarding the geology of the mine, it was a quartz-gold vein hosted within older granite and diorite.  The Octave vein dips at an angle of about 20-30 degrees to the Northwest and the strike aligned with 70 degrees East of North.  Old faults have also displaced the eastern side of the vein to about 400 feet deep, below the sediments of Weaver Creek. Toward the West, the vein was cut by old faults, similar to the Joker, but only offset the vein by around fifty feet.  The richest ore in the vein occurred where it was alongside and bounded by one of the Apache diabase dikes.

            The Octave Vein ranges from 5 inches to 5 feet thick and averages about 3 feet thick.  The vein consists of massive gray to white quartz, with rare disseminations (4%-5%) of pyrite and galena.  Older reports record small amounts of chalcopyrite.  Little gold occurs in native form with most being microscopic inclusions on or within sulfide minerals.  Of notable concentration was the pure galena, which assayed 100 oz. of gold and silver per ton and the pyrite which average 8 to 25 ounces per ton.

      Having produced some 80,000 ounces of gold, the Octave Mine remains by a very large margin, the single largest producer of lode gold in the Weaver District. Interestingly, the lode gold from the Octave is more than the estimates of placer gold production for all mining operations in the district. Between 1895 and 1925, over 75,000 ounces of silver were removed from the Octave

            ASARCO had last operated the mine on a large basis in the early 1940s.

The seller reports that experts believe one area at the Octave that bears further investigation is where the exposed veins run along the road from the White cross to the Joker shaft entrance. When Dr. Erik Melchiorre (author of "The Octave Mine") and the owner were walking the property a few years ago, the doctor said there maybe high gold values in one of the two main veins showing along there which would be easy pickings for a shallow surface operation. Also a nice specimen of crystalline gold in a narrow quartz stringer was found with a detector just uphill from the white cross a about 5 years ago so there is some specimen potential there as well.

You never know what might turn up as another vein of the Octave is found.  While one owner sold the property around 1905, convinced that he had found most of the ore, in 1915,  a subsequent owner hired a crack mining engineer named J. Nelson Nevius who felt the mine had been mismanaged and the vein was not properly traced.  He had his workers start uncovering a vein and do some work around what was called the Joker Shaft.  They believed the main Octave vein had been offset by faulting in this area, and the awesome quality of what they found set a high-water mark for the property.  Nicknamed "The New York Stope," the tunnels there produced 25,000 ounces of gold.  The exceptionally-rich ore averaged one ounce of gold and one ounce of silver per ton, with the highest sample recording a jaw-dropping 6.1 ounces of gold per ton, while galena-bearing rock in the New York stope got as high as 12.84 ounces of gold/ton and almost as much silver.

Between the Octave and the Joker operations, there were more than 25 miles of tunnels, at 100-foot-intervals.

Early miners, in an attempt to get a piece this incredible Octave vein, filed claims all the way up the mountain, and included off-shoots of the vein.  This 266 acre offering includes that land.

Beehive Mine- Believed my many geologists as an extension of the Octave Vein, the Beehive vein has virtually identical mineralogy, orientation and structure. Notable minerals reported and confirmed include bornite, tetrahedrite and gold-silver tellurides.  The Beehive Mine is located at the center of the Golden Age claim where the vein intersects a north-west trending shear, or fault zone. The mine was first operated from the late 1890s to 1915 by the original owner. It was patented by a second owner, Andrew Peterson in 1900.

The Ziegler Tunnel, named for the first owner, is an inclined shaft that follows the vein down dip for 1100 feet. Various levels from the shaft had stopes on the high-grade ore.  There are no detailed working, which are now largely under water and inaccessible. Ore pockets averaged .5 to 5 oz. of gold per ton, and one exceptionally rich ore chute yielded over 250 ounces of gold.  In early 1920, Phelps Dodge Mining explored the property and reported “pocketey quartz.”  Unfortunately, the tonnage of ore required for a major mining operation was not blocked out and the asking price was too high.

In 1982, International Gold and Minerals Ltd. Drilled several exploratory holds to examine the vein at depth. Results must have been moderately promising, as in 1984, another larger company from Canada, began a second drilling program.  Crusier Minerals drilled several holes, and reported 4-8-foot-wide intercepts of the vein with depth, averaging .19 to .39 oz. gold per ton. 

According to the owner,  he has copy of a study done at the Beehive in 1982 that included a very modest rotary drill program (several thousand feet). The seller indicates it was fairly informative and was able to prove the continuity of the beehive vein structure to a depth of 650' on the dip and 2000' on strike. There were an insufficient number of intercepts with the vein (significant depth to intercept and consequently high drilling cost) to draw any real conclusions as to homogenous values throughout the zone of study which could be used to calculate reserves with any accuracy in my opinion. It is believed that this will be the same problem faced by any small drilling program.

These two mines represent but a small portion of the entire 266 acres of patented claims. being offered for sale.

Further detailed geologic analysis from Dr. Melchiorre's "The Octave Mine" includes "Granite to dioritic igneous rock hosts the Octave vein chiefly composed of quartz and strikes (runs) 70 degrees East of North and dips at an angle of 20 to 30 degrees to the Northwest.  The vein has experienced some degree of reverse faulting, as indicated  by a fault gouge and cleavage in the vein. Old faults have displaced the Eastern side of the vein to a depth of over 400 feet below the sediments of Weaver Gulch.  To the West, the vein has also been cut by old faults, but these faults, i.e.: The Joker Fault, only offset the vein by 50 feet or so.  The vein is traceable on the surface for at least 2500 feet of strike. A few small barren quartz veins cut the Octave vein and are offset by the fault with a displacement of less than 100 feet.  The richest ore in the vein occurs where it lies adjacent to and bounded by Apache diabase dikes. 

The Octave vein ranges from 5 inches to 5 feet thick and averages about 3 feet thick."

Other resources include:  "Octave Gold Mine-the Golden Queen of Rich Hill"  and "Gold Atlas of Rich Hill, Arizona",  both by Dr. Erik Melchiorre,  published by Rock Doc publications.


Near the top, a large expanse of cleared flat land larger than a football field!!   Octave Video Tour


view from the top rich hill

Jaw-dropping views from the top!  An enormous flat area as big as a football field, with 360 degree views of the wilderness and pine-covered mountains is amazing.  (above right) Rich Hill is visible.   This location could be perfect for a home with a possible helipad, or any one of a number of other structures.  Four Peaks, to the Northeast of the Phoenix area is even visible.  (below) A panorama of the view to the North and including a small portion of the level area, on the right. The property rises to 5,100 feet above sea level.

panorama

helipad

Aerial photos and parcel information. . . .


aerial north to south aerial

(left) A view of the property from the South (Octave Mine) to the North (flat portion)  (photo above right) central area of the property where the home is located, note the steel trailer with mining equipment around the corner on the right.  Photo below  if looking to the North. Note on the bottom of the photo, the FM tower, and at the top, the flat area that marks the North part of the property.

aerial from central part to the top

Photos below are of the four official county photographs with approx. property lines and a text description of each parcel, patented claims on it, size and ownership.

 

 

Parcels included in the sale owned by either Ben Jaffe Revocable Trust or

Octave Development LLC: 

Parcels included and ownership: 

204-22-010 (Thunderbolt and Verno, total 38.56 AC, known as Bishop group) Owned by, Ben Jaffe revocable trust

Location:  The Thunderbolt and Verno Lode mining claims, located in the Weaver Mining District, being shown on Mineral Survey # 1424, as granted by patent recorded in book 54 of deeds, page 95, records of Yavapai County. 

204-23-026 (Golden age, Golden star, Golden cloud, golden standard, golden standard extension, Beehive, Highland, total 123.17 AC, known as beehive group) Owned by, Ben Jaffe revocable trust

Location:  The Golden Age, Golden Cloud, Golden Star, Gold Standard, East Extension, Beehive and Highland Lode Mining Claims, designated by the Surveyor General as lot no. 1422, in the Weaver Mining District, US Patent whereof is recorded in Book 63 of Deeds, pages 459-466. 

204-22-011 (Golden rod, Uncle Sam, New era, Antelope, Grey devell, total 85.07 AC, Known as part of the Octave group) Owned by Octave development llc. of which I am the manager.

Location: Parcel 1:  The Antelope, Grey Devell and the Dun Billy lode mining claims designated by the Surveyor General s Lot 1248, Weaver Mining District, Yavapai County, Arizona, United States Patent whereof is of record in book 43 of Deeds, pages 143-148, in the office of the Yavapai County recorder.

Excepting from the Dun Billy all surface placer deposits, but including therein all mineral bearing veins and lodes within the boundaries of said claim, extending vertically downward.

Parcel 2: The Golden Rod and Uncle Sam lode mining claims designated by the surveyor General as lot 1310, Weaver Mining District, Yavapai County, Arizona, United States Patent whereof is of record in Book 49 of Deeds, pages 547-552 in the office of Yavapai County Recorder.

Parcel 3: The New Era mining claims designated by the Surveyor General as lot 1423, Weaver Mining District, Yavapai County, Arizona, United States Patent whereof is of record in book 54 of Deeds, pages 100-103, in the office of Yavapai County Recorder.

 204-22-012 (Dun Billy, total 19.98 AC, Known as part of the Octave claims) Owned by Octave development llc.

Location: included in previous entry above for parcel 204-22-011


Mineral Studies and Assays information.  The current owners have not done any additional analysis of the mineral content of the property since so much historical information is a matter of record. They would welcome any buyer's representatives to come on the site and pick any area where they would like to do further hand-analysis  of the minerals.   No heavy equipment that would greatly disturb the property will be permitted.

No unauthorized visits to the property will be allowed and all prospective buyers must be accompanied by the listing agents.  There are multiple caretakers on the site 24/7 to guard against unauthorized entry.
Serious and qualified buyers only, please.  Please no calls about joint ventures and partnerships.  Seller wishes to sell the land outright.
Contact Preston Westmoreland for any further information or to schedule a trip to the property. It is about a one hour and thirty minute  trip by vehicle to the mine property and at least 5 hours should be allotted for an on-site visit.  Call Preston at 602-377-0060  Be sure to watch the video tour on youtube.com   To iOctave Video Tourncrease the quality, click on the gear icon right under the screen and select 480   Depending on the speed of your internet connection, stopping and starting (buffering) is a normal occurrence.  Thank you.
Mining Journal Cover Story     Watch this, 2 TV stations feature the Octave  Fox10 at the Octave   CBS 5 Visits the Octave Mine

Zillow's writers feature the Octave, also on the NBC/Today show webpage:  Feature on the Octave



preston photo Nancy Westmoreland
For further information or to tour these properties, call Preston and Nancy Westmoreland, at Russ Lyon Sotheby's International at: 602-377-0060    
Where everything we touch turns to Gold!

email:  preston.westmoreland@russlyon.com

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