Flume Creek

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale EA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-3
Latitude 64.9929
Longitude -142.4242
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Location and accuracy Flume Creek is a 12-mile-long tributary of the Seventymile River. Ellsworth and Davenport (1913) reported that the only placers found on Flume Creek were near the mouth of the creek, in section 22, T. 2 N., R. 26 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate. Flume Creek is locality 19 (locality 17 on the map) of Cobb (1972 [MF-393]), locality 26 of Eberlein and others (1977), and locality 2 of Burleigh and Lear (1994).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The rocks along the lower 1 mile of Flume Creek consist of serpentinite and mafic dikes. Metasedimentary rocks, greenstone, and greenschist of probable Paleozoic age occur along the middle portion of the creek. Permian quartzite and argillite, as well as serpentinized peridotite are intruded by granitic rocks of probable Mesozoic age in the headwaters (Clark and Foster, 1969; Foster, 1976).
In 1903, Flume Creek was being actively prospected; some coarse gold was found, and nuggets of considerable value were reported (Prindle, 1905). Mining is reported on Flume Creek in several years from 1908 to 1914 and in 1935. Ellsworth and Davenport (1913) reported that in 1912, prospecting was taking place about 3 miles above the mouth of Flume Creek. Approximately 200 feet of holes were sunk, but no good prospects were found. The only valuable placers found on Flume Creek were located near its mouth. The Flume Creek lode gold prospect (EA007) is upstream from the Flume Creek placer; it is a likely source for the placer gold. There also has been placer gold production on the Seventymile River (see EA025) downstream of Flume Creek.
Geologic map unit (-142.426542180585, 64.992574380627)
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 In 1903, Flume Creek was being actively prospected; some coarse gold was found, and nuggets of considerable value were reported (Prindle, 1905). Mining is reported on Flume Creek in several years from 1908 to 1914, and in 1935. Ellsworth and Davenport (1913) reported that in 1912, prospecting was taking place about 3 miles above the mouth of Flume Creek. Approximately 200 feet of holes were sunk, but no good prospects were found. The only valuable placers found on Flume Creek were located near its mouth. The Flume Creek lode gold prospect (EA009) is upstream from the Flume Creek placer; it is a likely source for the placer gold. There also has been placer gold production on the Seventymile River (see EA025) downstream of Flume Creek.
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Prindle (1905) reported that, as of 1903, Flume Creek was being actively prospected; some coarse gold was found, and nuggets of considerable value were reported.

References

MRDS Number A015122

References

Reporters R.L. Flynn; M.B. Werdon
Last report date 5/1/2002