The Parker Mineral Property is located on the east flank of the Elkhorn Mountain range in the famous Radersburg District in Broadwater County, Montana. The Parker Property is located west of the North Home Mine and the Keating Mines. Two properties noted for vastly different ore recoveries
The Parker Group covers a large number of adits, shafts and prospects, including some processing areas. The mines are in a relatively remote area with the exception of the primary portal which is located just off Johnny Gulch Road. The portal on Johnny Gulch is the only access to the underground workings of the mine. The Parker Mining Company drove this drift between 1900 and 1910 and sought to access the ore bodies under the existing shafts and declines. Ore values had shown consistently to increase with depth. The obviously proved to be true and most of the defined orebodies on the claims can be located underground and matched to their shafts.
The Parker Mine is set in the western edge of the Radersburg District on the southern end of the Elkhorn Mountain Range. The district is known for production of gold with minimal silver and very little quartz. The Parker is a fine example of this model with native gold in pyrites in small veins from 2 to 18 inches in width exposed in the underground workings. Silver in the form of galena is also present but has been largely discarded and dumped in waste piles around the claims. This silver could also be easily processed in batches at the nearby Paradine Mill in Radersburg.
The Parker Group of Mines is a collection of two (2), twenty (20) acre Lode mineral claims. The claims trend generally north-south, which is based off of geological mapping combined with underground assessments and mapping and on site survey work defining outcrops and deposits
The claims encompass all of the relevant workings of the Parker group which was worked as early as 1860 according to historical records. Currently, there is a gated culvert that provides access into the workings at the lowest level. This haulage and exploration level was cut in the early 1900s to work under the shafts and intercept the veins and lodes at depth where they contained higher values of gold and silver.
This assessment of driving the lower level appears to have been accurate and quite lucrative based on the development of the workings and the infrastructure above ground. Surveyors documented over one thousand one hundred feet(1100) of drifting work on the lowest level. These workings are detailed and mapped and show veins of gold, galena and some small quartz stringers. Also reported was considerable stoping in various areas thought to intercept shafts and declines found on the surface. There are no other open or access points aside from the main portal.
History of the Parker Group is sparse and very little is available. It is discussed in USGS reports from 1915 and 1953. These reports give very little information and it is apparent that at that time, the surveyors were not able to access the underground workings.
The property stretches over a low hill and ridge and has been worked and explored by short prospects and some shafts which all follow the same general trend. On the farthest western workings of the claims, there is evidence of a larger operation. Cabin and possible milling remnants are visible along with one larger shaft and the remains of an old headframe. These workings far predate the drift level lower on the hill. It is likely that from 1910 to 1950, ore extracted from the mines was transported via the main , lower drift and hand sorted at that level.
MINING CLAIM QUICK FACTS
ACCESS: 2WD can easily make it to adit. You can drive directly to the mine entrance
WASTE DUMP PRESENT/SIZE?: 10,000-49,999 tons. Iron and quartz seen in the waste dumps.
MINE CUT/STRUCTURE: Shaft and adit. Entrance to the mine is Solid Rock.
TOTAL WORKINGS: 1000-1999 feet of workings estimated.
NEAREST CITY WITH AMENITIES: 28 miles to Townsend, Montana.