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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  04-Aug-2020 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 082F3 Au6
BCGS Map 082F015
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082F03E
Latitude 049º 09' 35'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 117º 07' 14'' Northing 5445219
Easting 491210
Commodities Gold Deposit Types I01 : Au-quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Ancestral North America
Capsule Geology

The Golden Belle claim (Lot 9917) is located at 1676 metres elevation on the east side of Clyde Creek a tributary of Sheep Creek some 11.2 kilometres southeast of Salmo. The Clyde Belt property (082FSW056) adjoins to the west.

The showings were staked in 1906 and reportedly owned by 1910 by Amalgamated Sheep Creek Gold Mines, Limited although there is no record of this as a Canadian incorporation. Development work was carried out in two adits until 1912 when the property was sold by Sheriff's sale. The upper adit was driven westerly on the vein for 57 metres. The lower adit, 46 metres below the upper and 91 metres east of it, comprised about 116 metres of drifts and crosscuts. The Golden Bell and other claims were Crown-granted in 1916 to D.G. Williams and F.L. Murdoff.

Gold Belt Mining Company, Limited held an option on the property in 1933. Work included trenching and 59 metres of drifting, crosscutting and raising. A car load of ore was reportedly shipped during the year.

Kootenay Belle Gold Mines, Limited in 1940 acquired an option on the Golden Belle group of 10 Crown-operated claims. Work during 1940-41 included the testing of 4 veins by 921 metres of drifting and crosscutting, with negative results. The Golden Belle vein was tested at a depth of 152 metres below No. 2 adit from the Clyde No. 3 adit of the adjacent Clyde Belt property (082FSW056). The option was subsequently abandoned and the property reverted to the Williams and Murdoff families, who still held the claims in 1949.

The Golden Belle is a fissure vein typical of the Sheep Creek Camp deposits. The occurrence is within white quartzites of the Upper and Middle Nugget Members of the Lower Cambrian Quartzite Range Formation (correlative with rocks of the Hamill Group). The vein varies from very narrow up to about 1 metre wide containing quartz and crushed country rock between two fairly well defined walls. The vein is host to oxidized sulphides (limonite) and some free gold. The Golden Belle is about 260 metres south of the Motherlode (Bulletin 31, Figure 1).

Refer to the Motherlode (082FSW041) for a summary of the Sheep Creek mining camp.

EMPR AR 1910-109; 1911-160; 1912-155; 1916-523; 1922-205; 1933-230;
1936-E9; 1940-68; 1941-67; 1967-245
EMPR BULL 1; *31, pp. 66,75; 109
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 19-30; 1988, pp. 33-43; 1989, pp. 11-27;
1990, pp. 9-31
EMPR OF 1988-1; 1989-11; 1990-8; 1990-9; 1991-2
EMPR PF (Starr, C.C. (1940): Geological Notes and Impressions on the
Motherlode, Nugget and Bluestone Veins, 5 p. (located in
Motherlode file - 082FSW041))
EMR MP CORPFILE (Kootenay Belle Gold Mines, Limited)
GSC MAP 50-19A; 299A; 1090A; *1145A
GSC MEM *172, p. 36; 308
GSC OF 1195
GCNL #217, 1987
Lane, R.A. (2017-08-17): NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Sheep Creek Project