Ben Creek

Mines, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Ag
Ore minerals gold; silver

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CY
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-5
Latitude 65.28
Longitude -143.02
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Location and accuracy Ben Creek is a southeast-flowing tributary of Sam Creek, which flows northeast to join the Yukon River. Ben Creek is approximately 4.5 miles long. The location is arbitrarily placed at the approximate midpoint of the creek, in section 3, T. 5 N., R. 23 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within 2.5 miles.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The bedrock in the Ben Creek drainage is composed of the Middle Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous Glen Shale (Dover and Miyaoka, 1988). Small placer gold deposits have been found along Ben Creek (Mertie, 1942). One assay of the gold from Ben Creek had values of 896 parts Au per thousand and 100 parts Ag per thousand (Mertie, 1938). Mining on the creek began as early as 1921 and continued intermittently until at least 1965. A boomer dam was constructed along Ben Creek to store and control water for sluicing. In 1965, production was reported as 26 troy ounces of gold and 2 troy ounces of silver (National Park Service, 1990).
Geologic map unit (-143.022389322888, 65.2796704779515)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Tertiary-Quaternary?

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Small placer gold deposits have been found in Ben Creek (Mertie, 1942). Mining on the creek began as early as 1921 and continued intermittently until at least 1965. A boomer dam was constructed to control and store water for sluicing (National Park Service, 1990).
Indication of production Yes
Production notes In 1965, production was reported as 26 troy ounces of gold and 2 troy ounces of silver (National Park Service, 1990).

Additional comments

See also Sam Creek (CY027). This site is within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

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