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Jennings-Pioneer Project

The Jennings-Pioneer Project forms part of the Barite Hill Gold district in South Carolina where several old mines and prospects are located within a 25km² area. The historic mines in the region include:  Dorn, Barite  Hill, Jennings-Pioneer, Searles and Self gold mines, and considerable silver has also  been  recovered  historically from Barite Hill. Gold production began in 1852 at the Dorn Mine, where the oxidized sulphide ores provided some of the richest ores in the Eastern U.S. By 1859,  gold  production was reduced as refractory sulphides were encountered at depth. Historically, the Dorn mine produced approximately 45,000 ounces of gold, most of which was recovered during 1852-1859.

Efforts to reopen the Dorn and Jennings-Pioneer mines were made in the early 1930s. The Jennings-Pioneer mine was operated under the name of Pioneer Gold Mine during 1932-34. Historic news records report that       in June 1934 two shafts were sunk to 40m and  30m.  The  Pioneer  Gold  Mine  operated  for  at  least  two years, but no production records have been  located.  The most  recent  mine to  operate in  the area  was at  Barite Hill that was commissioned, mined and reclaimed by former TSX listed Nevada Goldfields Inc. that     was the subject of a takeover by former ASX listed gold producer Sons of Gwalia Ltd.

The Jennings-Pioneer Project area has several greenfield exploration prospects with  well-defined  and  potentially continuous zones of gold and base metal mineralisation already identified from historic mines and surface workings. There is potential to define VHMS style  mineralisation  and  discover  additional  feeder  veins and alteration associated with a large exhalative system along a well constrained lithostratigraphic  horizon.

Jennings-Pioneer Project locality Map

CGR has completed the following activities on the Jennings-Pioneer Project to date:

  • Compilation of available datasets including regional and local geology, magnetics and land titles into a GIS database;
  • Site visits to confirm the locations of historic workings and to investigate any site contamination issues; and
  • Surface grab sampling during the initial prospecting evaluation of the property.

Sulphide-bearing samples from the dumps at Jennings-Pioneer collected by the Tennessee Copper Company in the 1960s yielded the values set out below:

ElementSample 1Sample 2
Gold (g/t)92.412.1
Silver (g/t)38.31,342.7
Copper (%)0.114.1
Lead (%)1.6