Danzig Mine on Silverado Creek: Muchalat Inlet
The Silverado property is located on the south shore of Muchalat Inlet, opposite the east end of Gore Island, some 12 miles east of Yuquot (Friendly Cove) and the claims lie on the west side of Silverado Creek. The lower showing is located near the mouth of the creek, on Fred Fr. claims (lot 1578), and the upper showings about 2800ft (853m) to the southeast on A.W. Fr. claim (Lot 1577) at elevations of 300 to 400ft. The showings were reportedly discovered in August 1923 and claim staking in the area was reported in 1925 and 1926. The Shannon group, owned in 1928 by A. Parke and W. Poole, of Nootka, consisted of the Little Pete claim covering the lower showing, and the Shannon and Shannon No. 1 claims covering the upper showings. By 1928 trenching and sampling had been carried out on both showings. The claims were subsequently allowed to lapse. Active prospecting for gold in this area in 1933 led to the restaking of this ground, and the discovery and staking of gold bearing veins on the other side of Silverado creek - Baltic property. The former Shannon ground was restaked as the Oregon, Danzig, Nootka, Alti, Hannah M, A.M. Fr., Fred Fr., and UP Fr. claims. The lower showing was restaked as the Fred Fr.
The claims were acquired by Danzig Mines, Inc. of Seattle, Washington. Most of the activity by the company during the period 1934 - 1938 was directed toward the Baltic property. On the Shannon ground in 1938 some 152 tons of sorted zinc ore were mined, apparently from the upper showing, and may, or may not, include 28 tons mined from a 10 foot deep trench on the lower showing. A crosscut adit (Silverado adit) was driven on the A.M. Fr. claim to cut the upper showings some 150ft below the surface outcrop. The adit intersected a faulted section of the vein and work stopped in 1938. No record has been found as to when the claims were Crown-granted as Lots 1571 - 1573, 1576 - 1579, and 1581.
No further activity was reported until September 1948 when Danzig Mines, Inc. optioned 18 Crown-granted claims to Silbak Premier Mines, Ltd. Considerable drifting on the vein from the Silverado adit opened up a mineralized shoot for a length of 23ft averaging 20% zinc over a width of 5ft. Drifting to the south on a stringer opened a short length assaying 17.8% zinc over a width of 3ft. This work failed to indicate sufficient potential and Silbak Premier gave up the option in January1949. Spud Valley Gold Mines, Ltd and Transcontinental Resources, Ltd as a joint venture optioned the property in 1951 and began further development in the Silverado adit. Work during 1951 - 1952 included some 337 feet of drifting, underground diamond drilling in 11 holes totaling 679ft, and surface diamond drilling in 12 holes totaling 2098ft. This work succeeded in delineating some 30,000 tons of medium grade mineralization.
Prospecting for gold on the Baltic property in 1933 led to the discovery of several showings. Danzig Mines, Inc. of Seattle, Washington, subsequently acquired the Baltic Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, Gloria B, Camp Fr., Ben Hur, Warren 3, and David N claims (lots 462 - 465, 468 - 470, 474, and 475, respectively, as shown on the company claim map). Further prospecting led to the discovery of eight quartz veins on the Baltic No. 1 claim, and a "Creek vein" on the Gloria B claim at the east edge of Silverado creek. Development work by the company during the period 1934 - 1938, inclusive, was confined mainly to the No. 1 vein, near the shore of the Inlet. Open cutting and approximately 400 feet of drifting was carried out, and small quantities of ore were shipped. Development work on these showings ceased in 1938. The claims have been Crown-granted (lots 1569, 1570, 1574, 1575, 1580, 1582 - 1584). Later activity by the company, and by other companies under option agreements, was apparently confined to the Shannon property. From 1934 to 1938, inclusive, 143 tons of sorted ore were shipped from this property. From this ore 179 ounces of gold, 331 ounces of silver, and 192 pounds of copper were recovered.
From the Minister of Mines and Petroleum Resources Annual report ending December 31, 1949:
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