Joe Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-5
Latitude 65.371
Longitude -164.732
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Location and accuracy Joe Creek is a small north tributary to Quartz Creek. Quartz Creek crosses the Nome-Taylor road at about mile 78.5 (Brakes Bottom). The mouth of Joe Creek is 2,000 feet upstream of the intersection of Quartz Creek and North Fork of Quartz Creek. Joe Creek is locality 41 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Some placer gold mining is reported to have taken place near the mouth of Joe Creek before 1906 (Collier and others, 1908). Bedrock is locally exposed in the area, primarily on the crest of nearby uplands and along lower Atlas Creek 3,000 feet to the west (Sainsbury and other, 1969). Bedrock in the area is part of a Lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage (Sainsbury and others, 1969; Till and others, 1986). Sainsbury and others (1969) emphasize that gold placers in this area are associated with exposures of the metamorphic bedrock.
Geologic map unit (-164.73466583008, 65.3702642329178)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration A small amount of surface workings, completed by hand or horses, may be present.
Indication of production Yes; small

Additional comments

Unnamed tributaries to Quartz Creek are reported to have scheelite in placer concentrates (Anderson, 1947).