By May of 1904, the news of their strike started a gold rush to the area. The partners
filed 18 claims and were immediately deluged with offers to buy the mine. Estimates at the
time indicated that there were 500 prospectors working in the general area of the strike.
The first man to bond the mine was Capt. J.R. Delmar. He agreed to pay the partners $10,000
in cash, and in exchange he had an option to purchase the the mine for $150,000 at the end
of a year and during that year he had the rights to develop the location. He brought 30 men
to the property and built an Assay office, general office building, and a wagon road across
the desert to within a mile of the mine. At the end of his year he didn't have the money
to purchase the mine, so the partners took it back.
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