are people using old mines and remote sites like this for?
1) Historical park, or wilderness
preservation-perhaps even a mine tour and a re-creation of this historic
operation from 1874. or just preserve it for future generations as a
park, or tourist destination, hiking area. The Chinese government turns many of the former mine sites into
"Mineral Parks", attracting large interest. Check out this link as a
mining sites in China have been developed into tourist attractions,
although on a much larger scale. Gold Hill is the most
land you can buy in Scottsdale right now.
2) Celebrity Getaways-who likes the
paparazzi? You can't buy an island in Arizona but this could be
best thing. And home sites in Paradise
Valley can have a $ 5 million price tag. Several level sites
3) Underground research-The Homestake
Mine is slated to be converted to an underground physics lab.
energy generation-wind, solar, and Spanish scientists are
studying geothermal generation in old mines
5) Bottled water-Nearby springs have
been historically used by the miners for over a century and a half
6) Communication towers-one nearby
mountain contains the radar dome that all aircraft use when flying in
area. There's a huge demand for new cell towers and
7) Archive and data storage-being used
around the country to save everything from
genealogy data, to classic Hollywood movies, utilizing the constant temperature and humidity.
8) Growing algae for bio-fuel-a huge
emerging industry. U. of Missouri scientists think it's possible in old
using new kinds of LED technology for the a light
9) Radon medical treatments-as is
being done experimentally by mines near Helena, Montana.
10) Wine Cellars-check out the noted
wine storage areas of the Circova Mine in Moldova.
11) Wilderness B &B operation-for
hikers, outdoor lovers and other eco-tourists seeking solitude and
natural beauty. For example, geology students who also
want to get experience watching a small mining operation.
12) Possible uses of gold tailings in
fertilizers and plant products-people were surprised when Kitty
off, made from clay, and Ironite for plants, which is a mining by-product.
13) Underground hotels-in Australia's
and other world-wide sites.
14) Growing plants that love darkness
and various degrees of humidity-such as mushrooms, storing cheese.
15) Innovative and self-sustaining housing
prototypes, such as Arizona's pioneering Arcosanti by Paolo
The 117 acres has scattered pines, is much cooler than
Phoenix, and has extraordinary views of the city below.
We found these uses in several minutes on the
internet, what could you envision for this property? This
situation can never be duplicated again!!! See the video tour on
Above, Gold Hill seen from the South. Several homesites are tucked
away in a canyon over the ridge, by the Gold Hill spring, see photos
below. Level sites are on the original locations of the boarding
and bunkhouse, and blacksmith shop. There is no other parcel for
sale as large, in Scottsdale. Also, below, the view you have from
those potential home or shop sites.
Above, trough where the early miners piped down water for their use, and
right, water seeping down the hill, from the Gold Hill spring.
Nearby and photo below, is the main discovery tunnel that bores through
the entire mountain. In the summer, a nice cool breeze comes out of the
mine. Could this be put to use for a residence or eco-lodge?
See the unusual "tomahawk" shape of this parcel below. This is
because of the combination of six separate patented claims put
together in an unusual fashion. Much of the 117 acre parcel
has not been developed or fully explored. The mountain with exposed
reddish rock, visible in the photo (below right)
is just a small portion of the Gold Hill land parcel.
Below, see the original shapes of the patented claims, that combine for
the "tomahawk" parcel
Gold Hill Spring, identified on USGS Maps, is easy to spot,
with the large green trees in a canyon on the West side of the property.
Miners and settlers piped the water down to various locations near the
mine, including this cattle trough. Photo right, spring rains produce a
series of small falls below the spring.
Getting there: The Gold Hill property is less than 3 miles from
paved Cave Creek road and about 10 miles from Carefree. It is
completely encircled by the community of Desert Mountain, make by
this gate, below left. There's a perpetual access agreement from
the gate to the mine property. A short section of US Forest Road #
3209, leads to the gate. (photo below right) Once inside the gate,
the road is regularly graded and maintained to the property site.
Springtime features a variety of wildflowers including California
poppies, making for a beautiful trip in.
The Trip There
In this aerial overview of the route to
the mine, it begins with Old Mine Road in Tonto Hills which becomes Tonto
National Forest road # 3209. The arrow marks a locked access gate to the
mine (seen in the photo above), which continues over the rise and winds down to the property.
Total distance from paved Cave Creek Road to the farthest tunnel entrance is
Gold Hill has been the mine that few knew
about, despite the fact that it's easily seen from North Scottsdale and
Carefree. The road to the mine is gated, the entrance locked. The former
Carefree Enterprise Magazine declared that it was "almost impossible to find
more than a brief mention of the once famous mine in the libraries of
Phoenix." It was said that the area was initially mined by an English
company, who took the gold ore out by mule and ox teams down the Mexican Hat
wash to Cave Creek, then by wagon train to Prescott. According to
the Carefree Enterprise,, trains then hauled the ore to San Francisco, to be
carried overseas to English smelters. The main ore zone was mined heavily
between 1884 and 1898, by workers who lacked modern mining equipment and
knowledge. Operating under great difficulties, these early-day operators sank
four shafts. Dumps on the site are minimal as
everything mined was sent to "recovery."
Highlights of the road include the stunning
Mexican Hat Wash, seen below from these ridgeline shots. Early
miners took the ore out by burro along this wash, down to Cave Creek.
From the location where this photo was taken, near Gold Hill Spring,
early miners had run pipes down from the spring to a concrete water
trough for a source of good, clean water. Although the property is just
across the mountains from luxury golf courses and high-end communities,
visitors to Gold Hill remark on the total silence and seclusion of the
area. While overlooking the entire Phoenix area, a unique wilderness with only the sounds of wildlife and wind.
Remnants of the historic mining days remain at Gold Hill. (below,
left) A Cargo container and thousands of core samples from
drilling by a Canadian company. (right) The main Discovery
Tunnel that reportedly leads through the entire mountain and was one of
the earliest. What a unique bunker or getaway could this make?
(photo below) Topo Maps- (below right) showing location of Gold Hill
Spring. Topo map courtesy of Topoquest.com where you can order
and research topos. Photo on the right is the area shown in the
topo. Note the green trees in the canyon half-way up, where the
spring is located.
Large topo map below is of the parcel, from Maricopa County
A hiker's and explorers paradise-from rock climbing to spelunking!
From the desert with cactus to high ridges with pine trees....and
all of this, in Scottsdale!
Below, historical level sites for the boarding house and bunkhouse,
that could be the location of a homesite
(photos below) Covered vertical shaft high up near the buttes, and
several views of the Carefree and Phoenix area. Imagine the views at
night. No city lights when the miners were here in the 1800's!
Are you ready for a tour, or need more information? This
property has been reduced to $ 2.9 million dollars. If you'd like to
know more about real estate possibilities at Gold Hill, contact
Preston Westmoreland, at Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty in
Carefree, Arizona. We would be happy to provide prospective buyers
with all available reports and information. A tour of the property
can also be arranged. Please, qualified buyers only. Please note
that Gold Hill is protected by locked gates and under no
circumstances should potential buyers visit the property unless
accompanied by the listing agents. Call Preston at 602-377-0060.
For full information on Gold Hill-assays, historical reports, media
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