The Star City group of mineral claims is located east of Hope B.C. 45 km and is in the region of Tulameen B.C. and the small Village of Otter Lake. The variety of rock is of both igneous and sedimentary origin and ranges in age from Triassic, Jurassic up until recent. The oldest rocks are of the Tertiary age there are also volcanic flows belonging to the Oligocene period and are known as the Cedar volcanic series and the youngest formation in the district is a volcanic flow of olivine basalt. The district streams and glacial deposits cover the floors of the valleys and much of the higher areas in the region.
The exploration and development of the mineral deposits in the Tulameen district began around 1860 when placer deposits were discovered by prospectors who were attracted by the discovery of gold throughout the province. Lode mining in most cases is still in the prospect stage even though the number of placer claims that amount in the hundreds, one exception was the exploration undertaken of a porphyry copper deposit south of Princeton BC around 1884. Granby Consolidated Mining, Smelting and Power Company started mining operations in 1925 at the Allenby property which was underground excavations at first and progressed until in January of 2007 Copper Mountain Corporation acquired the property and commenced 44,000 m of drilling by year’s end. It’s still in active production presently.
Valley Gap Minerals group of mineral claims are situated on a previous group of mineral deposits, these are known as the Law’s Camp which included the St. Lawrence, St. George and the Liverpool deposits and were worked up until the mid-1910’s at which time they were abandoned. The St. Lawrence mineral deposit is the oldest claim in the camp and had developed 2 incline shafts 16 and 55 feet in depth and a 620 foot in length tunnel that had 2 short drifts running from it, the ore consisted of pyrrhotite with lesser amounts of pyrite, chalcopyrite and a gangue of calcite lying in between 2 walls of schist. Mineralization analyzed .159% copper, .160% lead, 5.354% zinc, 51.0 g per ton silver and 1.38 g per ton gold (Assessment report #15419, sample RAM 6R)
The St. George mineral deposit around the same period of time had 2 mining shafts, 1 shaft at the time of examination was full of water and the 2nd shaft was 182 feet in depth which had a tunnel at the hundred-foot level, drifts ran 50 feet in either direction along strike and the walls of the ore body were schist that lied in a stratum of white limestone. The width of the ore body varied from 14 feet in places and pinched into narrow seams elsewhere in the mine, the ore materials are similar to the St. Lawrence lithologic characteristics as previously described. Representative grab sample of pyrite and pyrrhotite in limestone from a tailings pile of the western shaft analyzed 1.177% copper, 0.011% lead, 3.312% zinc, 400.0 grams per ton silver and 15.2 g per ton gold (Assessment Report #15419, sample RAM 3R).
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