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PostMon Sep 10, 2007 7:48 pm 
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MLS listing #27111550
Snohomish County parcel #10010000003000

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Snohomish County Parcel Data says, "SEC 27 TWP 29 RGE 11 ID-25) MONTE CRISTO MINING DIST INDEPENDENCE 1776 LODE DES AS SURVEY 175."

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In 1874, the first prospectors staked claims on both forks of Silver Creek in Western Washington. But the mother lode was just over the next hill. In early summer, Joseph Pearsall spotted a promising peak that looked like galena, which usually contained silver. He collected some samples and gave them to his friend Frank Peabody, who had them assayed in Seattle.

The samples were promising enough that their friend MacDonald Wilmans gave them a $150 grubstake. The first claim they called Independence of 1776.

And it can be YOURS for $40,000!

The realtor I contacted about it said the only structures that could be built there would have to be related to the mining claim.  Of course, if you were going to mine there, you would need to have a lovely log cabin with PV and wind power and satellite internet, right?

Of course... I asked about structures in an email BEFORE I found out where it actually was (used the county parcel mapper online once I had the parcel number).  This online map tool for permit info has more bells and whistles than the other parcel search map.  Clickie the link, and search for that parcel number above... (not recommended for dial up folks, and you must be patient and only check one box at a time, etc.  I recommend turning off the elevation shading, and turn on the contours!)

This first picture...  It's not the view FROM the property...  It's the view OF the property!


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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 8:56 am 
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Hmmm, I'm thinking...
Does anyone know if there is a level cabin site at the parcel?

(Edit): Actually, I think that Jake should buy it.  up.gif
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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 10:25 am 
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I don't know about this site in particular.  I didn't find any historical pictures of THIS one in particular.  The "Comet" mine, atop the same peak somwhere had several structures perched precariously on the mountain.  They ran a cable-bucket down the mountain to transfer supplies up, and ore out.  They had a bunkhouse, a cookhouse, and an outhouse up there.

Currently the gated road to Monte Cristo is out, so you'ld have to pack in your tools and materials for about 4 miles to the town site BEFORE climbing 2700 feet almost straight up with it, hehe.
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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 12:34 pm 
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Klapton wrote:
I don't know about this site in particular.  I didn't find any historical pictures of THIS one in particular.  The "Comet" mine, atop the same peak somwhere had several structures perched precariously on the mountain.  They ran a cable-bucket down the mountain to transfer supplies up, and ore out.  They had a bunkhouse, a cookhouse, and an outhouse up there.

Currently the gated road to Monte Cristo is out, so you'ld have to pack in your tools and materials for about 4 miles to the town site BEFORE climbing 2700 feet almost straight up with it, hehe.

I wonder if it could be accessed with a dual-sport motorcycle?
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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 2:56 pm 
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hyak.net wrote:
Klapton wrote:
I don't know about this site in particular.  I didn't find any historical pictures of THIS one in particular.  The "Comet" mine, atop the same peak somwhere had several structures perched precariously on the mountain.  They ran a cable-bucket down the mountain to transfer supplies up, and ore out.  They had a bunkhouse, a cookhouse, and an outhouse up there.

Currently the gated road to Monte Cristo is out, so you'ld have to pack in your tools and materials for about 4 miles to the town site BEFORE climbing 2700 feet almost straight up with it, hehe.

I wonder if it could be accessed with a dual-sport motorcycle?

The highest point on the parcel is 6,140 feet.  It sits just West of a saddle between two peaks at 6,200 and 6,800.  The town of Monte Cristo is NNW at 2900 ft.  Here's some sloppy screenshots I took from the county parcel mapper...

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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 5:49 pm 
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The mine is the Independence of 1776 (76 mine for short). Not only nothing level there that could be built on without avalanche danger, but it may be on the hit list for a clean up which would involve the owners finances.
Two mines in 76 Gulch are said to be on the hit list and I would assume that would be one of them.
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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 7:12 pm 
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Jake wrote:
The mine is the Independence of 1776

Jake, I've always thought that you should be the Moderator here on NWHikers History Forum.   up.gif
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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 7:28 pm 
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Thanks, but no thanks Snowbrushy. I have plenty to do here. Seldom even get time to check the site out any more.
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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 7:40 pm 
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Your contributions are always something that I look forward to, Jake. Your work is wonderful and will be loved for generations to come!
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PostTue Sep 11, 2007 8:14 pm 
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Probably no future for this hole in the ground....   Gold recently hit $700 per troy ounce, but the Monte Cristo and neighboring districts to the south are predominantly silver, which continues to poke along at about $12 per oz.   Takes a lot of metal at that price to pay for costs of development, cleanup, permits, logistics, red tape, etc.  Add the rather inacessible location and short operating season, and you've got a historically interesting place which I doubt anyone wants to develop for profit.  hmmm.gif

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PostTue Sep 18, 2007 7:24 am 
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Hey Jake, that adit don't look anything like the one's we did up there..

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PostTue Sep 18, 2007 12:59 pm 
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That be it Jimbo. The Independence of 1776 Mine.
Forget buying it. Someone is going to have to puke out some big bucks for site cleanup. Could go into the six figure range. You don't want to be the one holding the paper on it when that time comes.
Pictures can be deceiving. It's the same one you, 2DRX, and I believe H.Hound were in.
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PostTue Sep 18, 2007 2:32 pm 
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Ya, the X-Man ever did a report on that one.

76 gulch is a lovely walk in the fall.
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PostFri Jan 11, 2008 6:40 pm 
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I remember hiking into the Sherridan mine when I was a kid. A friend of ours owned it. I also remember hiking over that saddle between the two peaks to the lakes beyond it. GREAT trout fishing!.

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https://www.snoco.org/proptax/(1hq4qu55cxw2g345l335ws45)/search.aspx

Still private - check out what it sold for........pre 2006 washout $22,500, recently just $3,000
Probably a speculative investment ie hoping to sell to FS, 16 acres.
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