As illustrated on Figure 2, the Secret Pass Project is located in the famous historic Oatman-Katherine Gold District of northwestern Arizona, close to the Nevada and California State borders. The Oatman-Katherine Gold District was established in 1863 and historically is Arizona’s third largest gold producing area. Between 1863 and 1940 it is estimated the district produced over two million ounces of gold and one million ounces of silver. The district includes many historic mines and workings with over 80 separate mines reporting production.
Figure 2: Oatman-Katherine Gold District, Arizona
More recently, there has been a significant increase in exploration and mining activity in the Oatman – Katherine District. Current operating mines in the area include the Moss mine owned by Northern Vertex Corp., an open pit heap leach operation that reached commercial production in September 2018, and Para Resources Inc. that reported starting underground production at its Gold Roads Project in February 2019.
Secret Pass consists of 84 unpatented lode mining claims comprising 655.6 hectares (1,620 acres) of claims under the administration of the US Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) and 212.4 hectares (524.9 acres) of State of Arizona mining claims for a total of 868 hectares (2,145 acres).