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The Brewer Gold Mine is situated within the Carolina Slate Belt of the Piedmont physiographic province approximately 1 km west of Jefferson, SC and 13 km northeast of the Haile Gold Mine, Kershaw, SC (Figure 1). Regionally, the mine is located about 80 km southeast of Charlotte, NC and 80 km northeast of Columbia, SC.

The mine was discovered in 1828 and began as a placer operation. Butler (1985) provides a chronological history of production. Historic production was from four main pits that are, from largest to smallest, Brewer, Hartman, Hilford Cut, and Topaz. Minor underground workings were developed from these pits. Gold production occurred in various intervals with the last time period from 1934 to 1940. Pre-modern gold production is estimated at a minimum of 22,000 ounces.

A number of companies have prospected and drilled at the Brewer including the USBM. Exploration drilling on the property (core and rotary) totals 44,026 ms. Approximately three-quarters of the drilling was performed by Nicor/Westmont/Brewer both in pre-production exploration drilling and development drilling while in production.

In 1987, Westmont Mining Inc. formed the Brewer Gold Company and production began in mid-1987 as an open-pit, heap leach operation. The reserve base at the onset of mining was 5.1 million tons @ 0.042 opt Au (4.6 Mt @ 1.4 g/t). Mining continued from three different pits; Brewer, B6, and Northwest Trend (Figure 2) and ceased January 1993. A total of 5.66 million tons of ore was mined with 177,674 ounces of gold being recovered. Table

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