Lucky Gulch

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Pt
Ore minerals gold; platinum

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale EA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-2
Latitude 64.949
Longitude -141.5804
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Location and accuracy Lucky Gulch is a small west tributary of Fox Creek. Gold placers of Lucky Gulch have been worked for an unknown distance upstream from Fox Creek; the coordinates are about one-half mile upstream of the mouth of the creek, in section 2, T. 1 N., R. 30 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate to within one-half mile. Lucky Gulch is locality 30 of Cobb (1972 [MF-393]) and locality 13 of Burleigh and Lear (1994).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The rocks along Lucky Creek are primarily Upper Cretaceous to Pliocene conglomerate (Clark and Foster, 1971; Foster, 1976). Ellsworth and Davenport (1913) reported drift mining on Lucky Gulch about a half-mile above the mouth of the creek, but no rich gravels were found. Mining is also reported on Lucky Gulch in 1926 and 1937 to 1939. Mertie (1938) noted that gold placers of Lucky Gulch had been worked for some distance upstream from Fox Creek (see EA021). Because no workings are present on Fox Creek above Lucky Gulch, it appears that gold in Fox Creek came from Lucky Gulch. Platinum has been found in placers in Lucky Gulch, but not in significant amounts (Joesting, 1942).
Geologic map unit (-141.58273400655, 64.9487067154627)
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 Ellsworth and Davenport (1913) reported drift mining on Lucky Gulch about a half-mile above the mouth of the creek, but no rich gravels were found. Mining is reported on Lucky Gulch in 1926, and 1937 to 1939. Platinum has been found in placers in Lucky Gulch, but not in significant amounts (Joesting, 1942).
Indication of production Yes; small

References

MRDS Number A015133; M045366

References

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