Location: Churchill Co., T16-7N, R35E, Westgate Mining District
Geology/Description:Nevada Select Royalty has acquired the rights to approximately 2,400 acres of unpatented lode claims in the Westgate Mining District of Nevada, at the southern end of the Clan Alpine Range.The center of the property is transected by US Highway 50 about 45 miles east of Fallon and just west of its intersection with State Route 361 at Middle Gate Station. Two linear zones of acid-sulfate alteration with associated silicification and quartz veining transect the property. The northern claim group is defined by northwest-trending (310° and 340°) linear zones of gold-bearing silicification and quartz veining while the southern claim group is dominated by a nearly east-west trending ridge of the same. These zones range from 50 to 500 meters in width over strike lengths up to 1 kilometer.
The northern area was heavily prospected in 1905 when the district was established, but despite the digging of numerous pits and shallow shafts, no production was reported.Modern day sampling of pits, dumps and outcrops has produced gold assays ranging from trace to 0.15 oz per ton and silver up to eight ounces per ton. Only one drill pad has been seen in the north, near the most prominent historic shaft.
At the southern end of the property, the east-west ridge saw fairly intense exploration activity, including trenching and drilling, in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Dekalb Mining and Inland Mining.Results of this work are mostly anecdotal but approximately 20 holes were drilled during this time and gold mineralization encountered was said to have continuity between holes. There are no specific resource calculations or detailed assay reports for the holes. General mention was made of assays of 0.6 oz Au/ton and 20-30 oz Ag/ton from outcrop and drill samples of banded quartz vein.
The Westgate property represents a fairly large epithermal system that contains interesting levels of gold and silver in outcrop and shallow drilling from past exploration campaigns.It is easily accessible through most of the year. Nearby Middle Gate Station provides food, lodging and fuel opportunities as well as water for drilling.
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