Patterson Creek

Occurrence, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Ag; Pb
Ore minerals galena

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale BN
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-1
Latitude 65.8
Longitude -162.1
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Location and accuracy This location is very approximate, probably within one mile. Anderson (1947) reports that drift mine operations exposed galena-bearing veins in bedrock somewherre on Patterson Creek. Patterson Creek is a west tributary to Candle Creek. The mouth of Patterson Creek is 1,500 feet upstream of Camp 19 on Candle Creek. This is locality 10 of Cobb (1972; MF 417; 1975; OFR 75-429).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Anderson (1947, p. 31) reports that drift mine operations on claim no. 4 Above exposed a one foot-wide galena vein (low in silver content); and on claim no. 8 Above several veins from 8 inches to one foot-wide were exposed that carried considerable silver. Anderson (1947) also notes that earlier work uncovered a 3-foot wide galena vein somewhere on the creek but it apparently pinched out at a shallow depth. Local miners indicated in 1982 that they had not encountered such veins or old workings that may have exposed them (Briskey, 1983). Bedrock is extensively covered by tundra but what is exposed in the area is part of a Lower Paleozoic metasedimentary assemblage (Till and others, 1986). A small granitic stock is exposed on the ridge south of upper Candle Creek (Till and others, 1986) and Sandvik (1956) notes that granitic rocks have been identified in the headwaters of Jump Creek and Minehaha Creek. Intermediate to felsic dikes and sills crosscutting metamorphic rocks have been exposed in placer workings along Candle Creek (BN074).
Geologic map unit (-162.102684915638, 65.7993192249527)
Mineral deposit model Galena-bearing veins in metamorphic rocks
Age of mineralization Cretaceous ?; Epigenetic mineralization in metamorphic rocks of Seward Peninsula is primarily of Cretaceous age.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Early drift mining is reported to have exposed galena-bearing veins in bedrock. A short shaft was apparently sunk on one of these veins but evidence of this early work has not been observed by recent workers (Briskey, 1983).
Indication of production None