IT'S SAID TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE
GOLD MINES IN FERRY COUNTY.
NOW THE OLD CALIFORNIA GOLD MINE IS UP FOR AUCTION
TO THE HIGHTEST BIDDER.
THE MINE IS LOCATED ON 45 WOODED ACRES JUST SOUTHEAST
OF THE TOWN OF REPUBLIC.
KXLY 4'S AARON LUNA TELLS US ABOUT THE RUMORS OF GOLD
STILL HIDDEN IN THE HILLS AND HOW MUCH IT'S GOING
FOR ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK.
RIGHT NOW GETTING TO THE OLD CALIFORNIA GOLD MINE
MEANS A LONG TRECK UPHILL.
SOME ACCESS ISSUES STILL HAVE TO BE WORKED OUT.
BUT THE RUMOR OF GOLD IS A STRONG MOTIVATOR..
See the quartz is what they were after, the quartz
LOCAL EXPERT DICK WILLIAMS THOUGHT ABOUT BUYING THE
MINE HIMSELF AT ONE POINT AND DUG DEEP INTO THE MINES
The last dated material I have from it is 1903.
Whether they actually did some work in 1903 or were
just wrapping up, I don't know,
USING BASIC TOOLS MINORS DUG 525 FEET DOWN.
FOLLOWING A VEIN OF GOLD.
THE OLD DRIFTS STILL SPIDER OUT UNDER THE MOUNTAIN.
When they ran their main drift they ran it right
on the vein and then they just started mining out
everything above it,
OLD STEAM ENGINE PARTS AND ROTTING LUMBER MARK THE
RUMORS PASSED DOWN FROM THE MINING CAMP COOK SPEAK
OF THE LOST VEIN OF GOLD REDISCOVERD ONLY TOO LATE.
She said that on the last shift, when the miners
came out of the mine they said they found the vein
WITH THE LOSS OF THE VEIN SOME OF THE GOLD MAY STILL
LIE IN THE MINE TAILINGS.
SMALL AMOUNTS OF GOLD IN EACH TON OF ROCK.
Some of this quartz that looks like it's just pure
quartz, will run a quarter ounce,
A FEW PRIVATE VENTURES WERE
THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULL
IN THE 30'S BUT MINING FOR THE MOST PART HAS BEEN
DONE FOR OVER 100 YEARS.
THE MINES CURRENT OWNERS ARE NOW IN FORECLOSURE, HENCE
I've often thought there might be quite a bit of
value left in this pile of rock but I don't know
THE AUCTION TAKES PLACE MAY 2ND AT 9AM AT THE FERRY
THE OPENING BID IS $125,000.