Elevation: 7,579 feet
Type: Gold, Silver
Thought to be on the same northeast-trending vein zone as the Keystone, Bartlett, and other claims in this group. The General Shafter (fig. 16) produced only a minor amount of ore. In 1900-1901, the average ore was valued at $11.00 a ton. The vein was about 3 ft thick, and the mine consisted of a 250-ft adit with crosscuts, and a raise 90 ft to the surface; a crosscut, about 80 ft long with appended drifts, was being driven. In 1902 the work was suspended, and the mine was flooded and abandoned. The mine was subsequently operated intermittently until 1914, when it was reopened by George Salisbury, A.]. Reeder, Thomas Gray, and A.H. Jones, who developed more than 2,300 ft of adits, drifts, and crosscuts at depths of as much as 450 ft. The vein reportedly was about 6 ft thick, and assays of selected ore from stringers contained about $153 All per ton and 7 opt Ag. Late in 1916, the ore was described as a bonanza, with are values and thickness said to be increasing with depth. It apparently did not reopen in 1917. Available records suggest it has remained idle since then. Caved and inaccessible in 2000.
Source: The Gold Mines of the Virginia City Mining District, Madison County, Montana. Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Bulletin 133, 2004