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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  20-May-2014 by Nicole Barlow (NB)

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Name MIRACLE Mining Division Nelson
BCGS Map 082F044
Status Developed Prospect NTS Map 082F06W
Latitude 049º 26' 30'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 117º 22' 45'' Northing 5476625
Easting 472513
Commodities Gold, Silver Deposit Types L01 : Subvolcanic Cu-Ag-Au (As-Sb)
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Miracle showing is situated on the east side of Forty Nine (Fortynine) Creek, 17.5 kilometres southwest of Nelson.

The area is underlain by augite basalt flows, flow breccias and subvolcanic intrusions of the Lower Jurassic Elise Formation (Unit Je1), Rossland Group. These have been intruded by granite of the Middle to Late Jurassic Nelson Intrusions and are cut by the Red Mountain fault.

A geological description is not available but is assumed to be similar to the May & Jennie showing (MINFILE 082FSW091) immediately to the south. The showing plots right on the trace of the Red Mountain fault and is described as occurring above Forty Nine Creek road.

The Miracle claim group was located by George Gormley and Fred Solveoff. In 1944, approximately 9.15 metres of drifting was completed on a showing just above the Forty Nine Creek road, resulting in a shipment of 22.7 tonnes of ore, yielding 311 grams of gold and 746.5 grams of silver. Later that year, the property was leased to the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada Limited. A six-hole diamond drill program was planned. By the end of 1944, three of the six holes had been completed.

In the 1980s, limited exploration was conducted on the Ron Gold claim group to the northwest of the Pingree workings. In 1985, property owners Eric and Jack Denny leased the Ron Gold claim group to Ryan Exploration Company Limited. Exploration that year consisted of geochemical rock and soil sampling. The following year, Ryan Exploration conducted a very low-frequency geophysical survey over the claim group.

Between 1982 and 1986, McMahon Resources Limited conducted geochemical surveys over the 49 Creek claim group to the northeast in an attempt to locate the source of high-grade gold samples collected from the lower drainage of Fortynine Creek in 1970.

By 1989, Pacific Sentinel Gold Corporation had acquired the area to the immediate east and north as part of their Great Western Star property. In the summer of 1989, Lloyd Geophysics Limited carried out geophysical surveys over the Ron and Toughnut grids to the north and east, respectively. In 1990, Pacific Sentinel Gold conducted a follow-up program of soil and rock sampling, trenching, geological mapping and geophysical surveying. Later that year, 26 NQ and NQ2 diamond drill holes totalling 5880 metres were completed. Drilling focused on the area to the north of the Miracle occurrence around the Star, Alma N. (MINFILE 082FSW083), Eureka (MINFILE 082FSW084) and Toughnut (MINFILE 082FSW294) occurrences.

In 2004, on behalf of owner Jack Denny, Klondike Gold Corporation conducted a geochemical sampling program over the Ron property to the northwest, later optioning it in 2008. An exploration program of limited geological mapping and prospecting and soil geochemical surveying was carried out on the eastern portion of the claim group. The Ron property was then acquired by Anglo Swiss Resources and amalgamated with the Kenville (MINFILE 082FSW086) property.

In 2009, on behalf of Anglo Swiss Resources, Equity Exploration Consultants Limited undertook an exploration program consisting of 680 line kilometres of airborne electromagnetic geophysical surveying, surface diamond drilling, and underground rehabilitation and drilling. Ten diamond drill holes were completed on the south side of Eagle Creek, approximately 700 metres south of the Kenville mine.

By 2010, the Kenville property had been expanded to include separate claim groups to the north and south. In 2010, on behalf of Anglo Swiss Resources, St. Pierre Geoconsulting Incorporated conducted airborne magnetic and electromagnetic geophysical surveys over the entire Nelson Mining Camp area. Soil sampling was conducted over the central Kenville claim block, though the majority of the sampling was conducted in the area of the Silver Lynx occurrence (MINFILE 082FSW378) to the south.

Records indicate approximately 24 tonnes of material yielded approximately 13.7 grams per tonne gold and 32.9 grams per tonne silver.

EMPR AR *1944-40,60
EMPR BULL 41; 109
EMPR FIELDWORK 1980, pp. 149–158; 1981, pp. 28–32, pp. 176–186; 1987, pp. 19–30; 1988, pp. 33–43; 1989, pp. 247–249; 1990, pp. 291–300
EMPR MAP 7685G; RGS 1977; 8480G
EMPR OF 1988-1; *1989-11; 1991-16
GSC MAP 1090A; 1091A
GSC OF 1195
GSC P 52-13
Andrew, K.P.E. and Hoy, T. (1990): Structural models for precious metal deposits in Jurassic Arc volcanic rocks of the Rossland Group, southeastern B.C.; abstract with program, G.A.C.—M.A.C. Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., p. A3.
Hoy, T. and Andrew, K.P.E. (1988): Geology, geochemistry and mineral deposits of the Lower Jurassic Rossland Group, southeastern British Columbia; abstract in Twelfth District 6 Meeting, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Fernie, B.C., pp. 11–12
EMPR PFD 502041, 502044, 680109