Palmer Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities W
Ore minerals gold; scheelite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CI
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-3
Latitude 65.014
Longitude -145.47
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Location and accuracy The coordinates are for the approximate center of the lowermost of two placered areas on the creek. Both areas are about 1,500 to 2,000 ft long. Palmer Creek is a tributary to the Middle Fork of the Chena River.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Numerous quartz and calcite veinlets that cut the quartzitic and phyllitic country rock have been considered the source of gold by some workers (Menzie and others, 1983, p. 50).
During mining operations in 1941 most of the concentrates consisted of scheelite (Joesting, 1942, p. 41). No granitic rocks are known in the drainage area and there are no igneous rocks in the stream gravels, so the scheelite probably occurs in some of the numerous quartz stringers in the schist country rock (Joesting, 1942, p. 41).
Geologic map unit (-145.472412486872, 65.0136145938229)
Mineral deposit model Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Surface mining in 1937 to 1941 or later (Lampright, 1996, p. 73).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Mining has been reported (see workings/exploration); however, amount of production is unknown.

Additional comments

See also Van Curlers Bar, ARDF no. CI087 and Shamrock Creek, ARDF no. CI052.