Bear Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-3
Latitude 67.16
Longitude -160.28
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Location and accuracy The site is a placer mine 0.5 miles below the headwater forks of Bear Creek. Cobb (1972, MF-386), location 9 and Schmidt and Allegro (1988), location 284. This placer ground is in sections 6 and 7, T. 20 N., R. 7 W., of the Kateel River Meridian.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This site is a gold placer mine about 0.5 mile below the headwater forks of Bear Creek. Bedrock in area is early to mid-Paleozoic marble and schist. Prospect was mined intermittently for several years prior to 1930. Mining was done in the portion of the stream underlain by schist (Reed, 1932).
Geologic map unit (-160.28282475867, 67.1593841319691)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Central and Bear valleys were optioned as prospective placer ground in the early 1930s. Preliminary examinations were begun to determine the feasibility of installing hydraulic equipment or a dredge. A line for a ditch about 3 miles long was laid out and surveyed. Prospecting continued through the winter of 1934-35 (Smith, 1936).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Production through 1930 reported as 95 ounces (Cobb and others, 1981).

Additional comments

Stream gradient approximately 150 feet per mile in mining area.