|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||CY|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||B-4|
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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.|
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?|
|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 commentsSee also Ben Creek (CY003) and Sawyer Creek (CY028). This site is within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
Brooks, A.H., 1907, The Alaskan mining industry in 1906: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 314-A, p. 19-39.
Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Charley River quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-390, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Charley River and Coleen quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-632, 45 p.
Dover, J.A., and Miyaoka, R.T., 1988, Reinterpreted geologic map and fossil data, Charley River quadrangle, east-central Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2004, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.
Ellsworth, C.E., and Davenport, R.W., 1913, Placer mining in the Yukon-Tanana region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 542-F, p. 203-222.
Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1942, Tertiary deposits of the Eagle-Circle district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 917-D, p. 213-264.
National Park Service, 1990, Final environmental impact statement, volume 1, Mining in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska: National Park Service, Anchorage, Alaska, p. 36-44.
|Reporters||C.E. Cameron (ADGGS)|
|Last report date||4/7/2000|