Bullfrog Its Rich Realities and Wonderful Possibilities PART 1Source: Desert Evening News - Salt Lake City, UT
Date Published: 1905-12-16
Bullfrog, Its Rich Realities and Wonderful Possibilities
Great is the Bullfrog district: Covering an area from three to five miles wide and about 10 miles long, it presents opportunities that a few years ago were undreamed of by mining men. It is great in the discoveries that have been made, great in its mineralized area and more than wonderful in its possibilities. It has the Montgomery-Shoshone mine and there is only one Montgomery-Shoshone. It has Bonanza mountain, and there are a few such mountains. Ladd mountain, Gold Bar mountain, Indian Springs, and the Original Bullfrog are all good sized mining claims in themselves.
A short distance away in the Funeral range, the eastern border of Death Valley, the Grapevine range and beyond Death Valley is the Panamint, all filled with new camps, that owe their existence and will depend in the future upon the Bullfrog District. The wonder is that Bullfrog was not discovered before. From the relief map herewith printed it will be seen that the district is rugged and shows the effects of great erosion. Consequently the ledges and contents are easily traced and some of them stand out prominently as though beckoning and calling the prospector to but knock at the portals for the treasures beneath. The mountains are huge masses of rhyolite with here and there intrusions of porphyry. The contents of the porphyry and rhyolite are mineralized, as shown at the Montgomery-Shoshone mine, and also the fissures in the rhyolite mass itself. These vary in width from a few feet to as large as 100 feet at the Bullfrog of Nevada, and 200 feet at the Gold Bar.
How the Values Vary.
The values of the district vary, and surface showings are no indication of what will be found beneath. Nearly every property in the camp has improved with depth, and several like the Montgomery-Shoshone were considered of little value from the surface showings. The values are found in talc, in quartz, in porphyry and in the rhyolite itself. There seems to be no limit to the mineralization of some of the veins. The golden solution worked out beyond the gangue matter of the veins and impregnated the surrounding country. So large are some of these mineralized tracts that mining men must be "shown" before believing the truth. But Bullfrog is a country where they "show" a man wonderful things. These mountains of ore lying on the western edge of the Amargosa desert, with Death valley to the south and the Ralston desert on the west, would be valueless without water for milling purposes, and it seems that a little forethought on the part of Dame Nature has provided for this. The Amargosa river skirts the east foothills of the district, and for 15 miles northerly gives out a number of springs which, taken together, have a daily flow of about 5,000,000 gallons of water. Around these springs have lived for years a few farmers.
Sold to Those Who Knew.
They have now sold out to the mining companies, who were quick to realize the value of the water. Anywhere along the river, wells can be secured at a depth of from 12 to 30 feet, and so large is the underflow that many of the wells cannot be pumped dry. Besides the river springs there are fair sized streams flowing from Indian Springs, Crystal Springs and Mud Springs. It is estimated that the surface flow in the district is sufficient for the operation of 1,500 stamps and that the underflow would provide for 500 more, giving a crushing capacity of close to 5,000 tons per day. It is no idle dream to believe that this will be done in the near future. The great drawback to the camp is the question of transportation, and this will be settled in the near future by the building of a branch road from Las Vegas to Bullfrog by the San Pedro, Salt Lake & Los Angeles railroad. The material has been ordered, 12 miles of the grade has been constructed, the surveys completed and the contracts let for the building of the road.
The district is 75 miles from Goldfield and 125 from Las Vegas, and freight rates are consequently high. It costs $25 per ton to ship and smelt the ores of the district, and the mine owners feel that it is best to hold their ore and treat it on the ground. all the big companies are planning for mills as soon as the railroad gets there, and Humboldt Gates, president of the Bullfrog Township, Water & Ice company expects to put in a custom mill at an early date.
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Submitted: 12/27/09 (Edited 01/02/10)