Garfield 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-6
Latitude 65.46
Longitude -164.505
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Location and accuracy Garfield Creek is a south-flowing tributary to the Kuzitrin River. Placer gold mining has taken place on this drainage near the mouth of Angeles Creek. Sainsbury and others (1969) show 1,000 feet of placer workings just upstream of the eastern boundary of the Bendeleben B-6 quadrangle. This location is 5.2 miles east of the Nome-Taylor road from a point at about mile 85.5. This is locality 40 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Placer mining took place early in the century on a shallow , 2 foot-thick pay streak that rests on a white clay false bedrock (Collier and others, 1908). Initial mining produced $25,000 (about 1,400 ounces) in 1900-1901. Sainsbury and others (1969) report intensely mashed and veined slaty rocks supposedly near an inferred thrust fault somewhere in the vicinity of Garfield Creek. This is an area of extensive tundra cover and bedrock exposures are minimal. The mapping by Sainsbury and others (1969) does suggest that Lower Paleozoic metasedimentary rocks (Till and others, 1986) are present in this area.
Geologic map unit (-164.507672409311, 65.4592703305613)
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 Surface, open-cut placer mining including dozer and sluice operations have taken place here. Sainsbury and others (1969) show 1,000 feet of placer workings just upstream of the Bendeleben B-6 quadrangle eastern boundary.
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Early production is reported to be $25,000 or about 1,400 ounces (at $18 per ounce). Placer mining took place here after WW II and additional but unknown amounts of gold has been produced.


MRDS Number A012734
Reporters Travis L. Hudson (Applied Geology)
Last report date 3/15/1999