The DOMINION OPAL MINE Group originally consisted of 10 LODE mining claims staked in 2004 for known lodes. Several claims have been sold, while Al Wentzell still owns the 3 main core claims (WRT Pleasures, WRT Moonbeams Child, and WRT Stonetree LODES, BLM-NMC#865653-865655). The Stonetree was discovered and known prior to 1913 and reported on by Sterrett in the US Geological Survey reports, and later about 1916 was renamed the "Giant Tree Opal Mine" and subsequently acquired by Flora Lockheed, which she sold to the Rainbow Ridge Mining Company in 1917 or 1918 with all of her other claims in the Valley. The Rainbow Ridge Company decided to focus on the deposits and claims making up the Rainbow Ridge Mine. Subsequently the Stonetree was later relocated by others and sold to Ruth Branch-Mayberry in 19___. She relocated it in 1966 as a placer (improperly as it is a lode deposit), and in 1979 sold the placer claim to a group of ten (10) owners including the Brashears. In 2011 the BLM voided the placer claim, leaving Wentzell as the sole owner of the Stonetree.
The current (2019) owners of the WRT claims are as follows:
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