Little Washington Creek

Mine, Probably inactive

Alternative names

Washington Creek

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-2
Latitude 64.9345
Longitude -141.8474
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy Little Washington Creek is a small north tributary of the Seventymile River. Little Washington Creek was formerly known as Washington Creek. Placer gold mining is reported at the mouth of the creek,in section 9, T. 1 N., R. 29 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate. Little Washington Creek is locality 22 of Cobb (1972 [MF-393]), locality 64 of Eberlein and others (1977), and locality 7 of Burleigh and Lear (1994).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The rocks along Little Washigton Creek are primarily Upper Cretaceous to Pliocene conglomerate (Clark and Foster, 1971; Foster, 1976). A small placer operation recovered a little gold at the mouth of Little Washington Creek and on neighboring benches in 1911 (Porter, 1912). In 1912, there was successful ground-sluicing at the mouth of Little Washington Creek, but prospecting on the upper portion of the creek did not yield significant placer gold (Ellsworth and Davenport, 1913). In 1915, a little prospecting and mining took place but the returns were minor (Brooks, 1915).
Geologic map unit (-141.849725188239, 64.9341861730973)
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 A small placer operation recovered a little gold at the mouth of Little Washington Creek and on neighboring benches in 1911 (Porter, 1912). In 1912, there was successful ground-sluicing at the mouth of Little Washington Creek, but prospecting on the upper portion of the creek did not yield significant placer gold (Ellsworth and Davenport, 1913). In 1915, a little prospecting and mining took place but the returns were minor (Brooks, 1915).
Indication of production Yes; small

References

MRDS Number A015127

References

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