Rube Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Pt; U
Ore minerals gold; platinum
Gangue minerals chrome spinel; black garnet (melanite); hematite; zircon

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-5
Latitude 65.36
Longitude -161.06
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Location and accuracy This placer mine is on lower Rube Creek in section 35, T. 1 S., R. 12 W., of the Kateel River Meridian. Cobb, 1972 (MF-389), location 38.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Small-scale placer mining was done on lower Rube Creek in the early 1900s. Gold is concentrated on clay-rich, false bedrock and in the overlying 2 to 3 feet of gravel. Overburden is a variable thickness of barren gravel and sand and two feet or more of muck. A report of platinum is not verified. The heavy mineral concentrates include an unusual amount of black garnet (Harrington, 1919).
Geologic map unit (-161.062632366709, 65.359326476806)
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 Small-scale placer mining was done on lower Rube Creek in the early 1900s. In 1945 the U.S. Geological Survey sampled the placer to evaluate its radioactive mineral potential. The site of old placer workings could not be found at that time. Little mining was done after the stampede in the early 1900s.
Indication of production Yes; small

Additional comments

Stream gradient approximately 100 feet per mile in lower mile of creek.