Located in Sierra County, CA within the Tahoe National Forest, the Freedom Moon is a rich, 80 acre, unpatented Gold placer claim, with a rich history.
The Downie River flows year round thru the 1/2 mile length of the claim. During the Gold Rush, there were many HUGE nuggets, found within just a few
Formerly owned by Wentworth Tellington III, who wrote & published the book "Gold and A Hideaway of Your Own". This book is based on this claim, and
was then known as the "Deep Moon".
The elevation runs between 3400'-3800'. About 40 acres of the claim is level, with great camping spots, lots of swimming & fishing holes. Beautiful
Rainbow & German Brown Trout can be caught with little effort. The claim is located 3 1/2 miles from the town of Downieville, on the legendary Hwy.
49. Year round access to the claim is via "Sailor Ravine Rd." and runs through the length of the claim for another mile, where it end at the "famous"
The solid built cabin, was constructed in 1990 by the Colorado School of Mining, using dimensional lumber, sits 50 ft. from the river, and is built "solid
as a rock". The cabin measures 12’ X 16’ & the deck measures 10' X 12’. There is a full size propane fridge, propane stove, wood burning stove, queen
& full size beds, storage & sleeping loft, TV & a VCR. The cabin is wired with several receptacles & light fixtures inside the cabin, to power with
batteries and an inverter, or a small generator. There is 52 gallon propane water heater at the outdoor shower, under a 8' X 16' sheltered area, facing
the river, which also has a restaurant style stainless steel double deep sink, & running water.
There is a 200 gallon propane tank, and an outdoor cooking area.
Water is supplied via 3” flexible hose from Grant Creek, and reduced to 1" at the cabin. The newly dug outhouse is 50 ft. away, with a new stainless
There is also a covered area for firewood, 8' X 12' Tool Shed & a double door steel container measuring 8' X 8' X 23'.
During the summer of 2005, all machinery & equipment were gone through, and in good working order! They were used to process the gravels from
three sample holes approximately 10' X 10' X 10' deep, through the wash plant. This included using the Excavator, large Grizzly, Loader, Wash Plant,
Pumps, & the 30KW Generator. The settling ponds were cleared of brush & the drain line was assembled and delivered the excess water to the #1
settling pond on the other side of the river, without any leaks or breaks in the line. The Equipment included in the sale as follows:
1973 Insley H-1500 Excavator
1985 Clark-Michigan Loader Mod. 85 III w/3 yd. bucket
30 KW International Generator (propane)
1000 gallon diesel tank w/impervious basin
Huge heavy duty Grizzly classifier, approx. 11' X 12' w/10" spacing
Several loader bucket classifiers
Pumps: (1) G.E. 15 HP 3” intake with 3” discharge, (1) G.E. 15 HP 6”intake 4” discharge
Propane Tanks: (1) 400 gal. (1)200 gal. (1) 200 gal. @ Cabin
10 KW gas generator on movable trailer
New Wash Plant approx. 6’ X 15’ w/shaker motor, grizzly, & PVC fixtures
Hydraulic oil & Diesel electric transfer pump w/filters
120' Heavy Rail, misc. steel, fire safe welding station area, etc.
The wash plant includes, a 10 yd. Hopper w/new 10 HP vibrator motor, 4' X 10' Shaker Box w/spray bars & 3" Grizzly classifier, Nugget Catcher, Washer
Hopper, 3' dia. X 20' Motorized Trommel with spray bars, secondary nugget catcher, Sluice box measuring
2' X 20'.
The drain line runs underground approx. 250', w/ 10" heavy PVC then is reduced to 6" PVC running approx. 250' above ground, across the river, & to
the #1 settling pond. There are three connected settling ponds, with a 50-60 day capacity before being filled.
There are extra generators, pumps, reinforced hose, PVC fittings, spare parts, grease, lubricants, oils, & too much other tools & equipment to list.
There is also gold on the claim. Geologists estimate that less than 10% of the gold was taken by the "old timers"!
There is a Plan of Reclamation credit, in the amount of $13,000 already posted. This bond is refundable upon termination of any Plan of Operation and
Reclamation, including the removal of all machinery and equipment, leaving the claim free of debris and the terrain left to it's natural contour.
The claim & machinery is being sold due to serious health issues. Any & all equipment &
machinery is for sale individually & All offers will be considered
Now that the price of gold is approaching $1500 an ounce, with no end in sight as to when it will stop, the asking price for the Freedom Moon and its’
assets & equipment is $160K$
Photos, Equipment descriptions & prices will be available about May 1st.
Township / Range / Section
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