|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||CR|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||C-1|
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|Location and accuracy||This property, which is commonly known as the Portland Mine, is near the adit symbol on the USGS 1:63,360-scale topographic map just to the east of name 'Sleeping Beauty Mine.' (The adit is not the Sleeping Beauty Mine, which is ARDF site CR084, about 0.3 mile to the northwest.) The Portland Mine is near the southeast corner of section 35, T. 71 S., R. 87 E. The location is accurate.|
The Portland Mine was probably discovered prior to 1921, but the first published description of it is in Buddington (1925). He described the deposit as two sets of veins along shear zones in greenstone and greenschist. One set of veins is parallel to the foliation; the other set consists of gash veins oblique to the foliation. The veins consist mainly of milky white quartz with minor calcite and chlorite. In 1923, the workings consisted of a 45-foot shaft, a tunnel, and trenches. The ore zone at the bottom of the shaft was reported to contain about $14 per ton in gold (at $20.67 per ounce). Roehm (1938 [PE 119-13]) reports a mill on the property which processed a few tons of ore. He described the deposit as numerous quartz stringers up to 2 feet thick in highly folded greenstone and greenschist. Townsend (1941) visited the property when the workings consisted of a 320-foot tunnel and about 100 feet of drift along the mineralized zone. He noted some barren quartz veins, but the gold values were chiefly associated with bands of fine pyrite in greenschist. The weighted average of 11 samples collected by Townsend along 100 feet of the mineralized zone that averaged about 4.2 feet wide was 0.07 ounce of gold per ton. A mill had been in operation only a few weeks at the time of his visit. Bittenbender and others (1993) and Maas and others (1995) mapped and sampled the underground workings. They indicate that the best mineralization is along an ore shoot that plunges northwest at about 25 degrees and is localized by a deflection in the fault along the vein. The weighted average of their samples along about 270 feet of mineralization that averaged about 5 feet thick was 5,962 parts per billion gold. Maas and others (1995) indicate that mine produced 64 ounces of gold and 38 ounces of silver.The rocks in the area consist of metamorphosed andesite, basalt, agglomerate, and tuff, and minor flysch, shale, and phyllite. Eberlein and others (1983) and Brew (1996) consider them to be Paleozoic or Mesozoic in age; Gehrels and Berg (1992) tentatively mapped them as Jurassic or Cretaceous.
|Geologic map unit||(-132.021844272928, 55.6629677281029)|
|Mineral deposit model||Low-sulfide gold-quartz vein (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 36a).|
|Mineral deposit model number||36a|
|Age of mineralization||The quartz veins cut country rocks that may be as young as Cretaceous or as old as Paleozoic.|
|Workings or exploration||As last described in 1941 when the mine was still active, the workings consisted of a 45-foot shaft, a 320 foot tunnel, and about 100 feet of drift along the mineralized zone.|
|Indication of production||Yes; small|
|Production notes||The mine was active intermittently from 1921 or earlier to at least 1941 and probably produced small amounts of gold in some years. Maas and others (1995) indicate that the mine produced 64 ounces of gold and 38 ounces of silver.|
Bittenbender, P.E., Maas, K., Still, J.C., and Redman, E.C., 1993, Mineral investigations in the Ketchikan mining district, Alaska, 1992--Ketchikan to Hyder areas: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 11-93, 86 p.
Brew, D.A., 1996, Geologic map of the Craig, Dixon Entrance, and parts of the Ketchikan and Prince Rupert quadrangles, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2319, 53 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Brooks, A.H., 1925, Alaska's mineral resources and production, 1923: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 773-A, p. 3-52.
Buddington, A.F., 1925, Mineral investigations in southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 773-B, p. 71-139.
Clautice, K.H., Gilbert, W.G., Wiltse, M.A., and Werdon, M.B., 1994, Geology of the Helm Bay area, portions of the Craig C-1 and Ketchikan C-6 quadrangles, southeastern Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Public-Data File 94-41, 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.
Cobb, E. H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Craig quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-869, 262 p.
Eberlein, G.D., Churkin, Michael, Jr., Carter, Claire, Berg, H.C., and Ovenshine, A. T., 1983, Geology of the Craig quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 83-91, 52 p.
Gehrels, G.E., and Berg, H.C., 1992, Geologic map of southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1867, 1 sheet, scale 1:600,000, 24 p.
Maas, K.M., Bittenbender, P E., and Still, J.C., 1995, Mineral investigations in the Ketchikan mining district, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 11-95, 606 p.
Roehm, J.C., 1938, Preliminary report of Portland group (Bert Libe property), Helm Bay, Cleveland Peninsula, Alaska: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Property Examination 119-13, 2 p.
Townsend, Harry, 1941, Memorandum re Libe prospect, Helm Bay, Ketchikan District, First Division, Alaska: Anaconda Copper Mining Company, 2 p. (Unpublished report held as file 6331, Anaconda Collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, Laramie.)
|Reporters||D.J. Grybeck (Applied Geology)|
|Last report date||5/1/2004|