The Republic Mining District, located immediately north of the town of Republic, approximately 125 miles north-northwest of Spokane, Washington in Ferry County, holds the title as the largest historic gold producer in the state of Washington. Hecla’s controls 3,406 acres of surface and mineral interests over the most productive and the most prospective ground in the Republic District, covering the major structural trends of the district including the district’s top producing mines such as Knob Hill, Surprise, Lone Pine-Last Chance, Tom Thumb, and the Golden Promise. Recent exploration has supported the potential for new discoveries setting the stage for the next generation of organic growth in the Republic District.
Hecla’s exploration efforts since 2011 have confirmed the potential for additional high-grade underground and surface bulk-tonnage discoveries in the district. With significant portions of prospective terrain hidden by post-mineral cover, and the legacy discovery of the Golden Promise deposit as proof of concept, Hecla considers the exploration search-space to be much larger, and more robust, than history might suggest. With modern exploration tools, a robust historical dataset and abundant targets, Hecla is taking a fresh look at this storied district.
Currently, Hecla has made the first steps towards a new era of exploration in Republic with continued integration of historical data, updating our 3D genetic model of the district, completing a large soil sample program over a highly ranked target area, and re-evaluating exploration strategies to bring our most prospective targets to a drill ready status.