Sam(s) Creek

Mines, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale CY
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-4
Latitude 65.311
Longitude -142.872
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Location and accuracy Sam Creek is a northeast-flowing tributary of the Yukon River. The confluence is located in T. 6 N., R. 24 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. Coordinates are for the cabin built near the mouth of Sam Creek (section 31, T. 6 N., R. 24 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian), although prospecting took place along the entire length of the creek. Most mining in this area was done on Ben Creek (CY003), which drains into Sam Creek about 7 miles from the mouth of Sam Creek. The location is accurate.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Sam Creek crosses Cretaceous to Tertiary sedimentary rocks that are the probable source of gold for other placers in this area (Dover and Miyaoka, 1988; Mertie, 1942). Small placer deposits have been found on the tributaries of Sam Creek, but reports of mining activity along Sam Creek may refer to its tributaries Ben Creek (CY003) and Sawyer Creek (CY028).
Prospecting along Sam Creek began in 1888, and gold was also discovered on its tributary, Ben Creek (CY003). In 1910, there were 16 men working in the area around Sam Creek (Ellsworth and Parker, 1911). Sam Creek was also re-staked in 1938 (National Park Service, 1990).
Geologic map unit (-142.874391980103, 65.3106749461817)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary?

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Prospecting along Sam Creek began in 1888, and gold was also discovered on its tributary, Ben Creek (CY003). In 1910, there were 16 men working in the area around Sam Creek (Ellsworth and Parker, 1911). Sam Creek was also re-staked in 1938 (National Park Service, 1990).
Indication of production None

Additional comments

See also Ben Creek (CY003) and Sawyer Creek (CY028). This site is within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

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