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.
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:
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