W1/2 SW1/4 SE1/4 SEC. 15 T8N R5W, GSRB&M, Arizona
AMC458839 Unpatented 20 Acres
Located in Wickenburg, AZ
Heavy Pans appears to have great potential for a small to medium size commercial placer wet operation. There are multiple tributaries feeding into the creek as it develops. The material has a minimal amount of clay which helps maintain water clarity with a wet operation. The width of the creek allows for multiple pieces of equipment to travel without getting in the way of each other. There is about 1800ft of creek. Access could use improvement, probably across the claim to the NW. There are several locations that would be good for the processing plant outside of the creek bed.
Heavy Pans is located in the Black Hills area about 5 miles directly North of Wickenburg. There are places near the claim to camp if you want. It has great access and an interestingly bizarre amount of geologic activity for the amateur geologist to take in, from metamorphic to volcanic events and more. The dirt in this area has less iron and clay in it, which tends to make it easier to drywash. Wet washing is easier because there is less clay to thicken the water. Also noted is much more caliche, which acts as a barrier to keep gold from dropping further toward bedrock. As you will see in a picture toward the bottom, caliche traps the gold so nuggets are often found near the surface on top of the caliche. We did bring in a geologist that confirmed the presence of gold bearing quartz in the area trending from the Black Hills west at about 272 degrees. We have been exploring this area for nearly 14 years and always come up with some awesome specimens of gold and other minerals. In addition to gold, .......... jasper, agate, green tourmaline, black tourmaline, topaz, garnet, epidot, and other minerals are pretty common in this area.
GPS Corner Coordinates
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NW CORNER N34.03247 W112.76327
SW CORNER N34.02882 W112.76327
SE CORNER N34.02882 W112.76108
NE CORNER N34.03248 W112.76108
All corners are staked with white 5' tall PVC pipe and aluminum tag with claim name and which corner it is stamped in the tag.