Upper Homestake Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities W
Ore minerals gold; scheelite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-6
Latitude 65.679
Longitude -164.889
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Location and accuracy Homestake Creek is a west tributary of the Kougarok River. The mouth of Homestake Creek is 2,500 feet upstream of the mouth of Taylor Creek. Sainsbury and others (1969) show that 3,000 feet of the upper part of the creek, starting about 2.2 miles upstream from the mouth, has been placer mined. Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429) summarizes information for Homestake Creek in general and locates previous mining here on lower Homestake Creek (locality 37 of Cobb, 1972; MF 417; see ARDF locality BN037).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Sainsbury and others (1969) show that 3,000 feet of upper Homestake Creek, starting about 2.2 miles upstream of its mouth, has been placer mined. Some of the gold recovered from Homestake Creek is coarse; a nugget worth $14.40 (0.8 ounces) was reported by early operators (Collier and others, 1908). Scheelite is reported to be present in the placer deposits here (Anderson, 1947; Moxham and West, 1953). Bedrock is extensively mantled by tundra in the area, but where exposed in nearby uplands it is part of a Lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage (Sainsbury and others, 1969; Till and others, 1986). Some bedrock, graphitic and calcareous mica schist, was apparently exposed by early mining operations somewhere on this drainage (Collier and others, 1908).
Geologic map unit (-164.89169480195, 65.6782740361364)
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 Sainsbury and others (1969) show that 3,000 feet of the upper part of the creek, starting about 2.2 miles upstream from the mouth, has been open-cut placer mined.
Indication of production Yes; small

References

MRDS Number A012708

References

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