Montana Creek

Mine, 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 B-3
Latitude 64.3174
Longitude -142.341
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Location and accuracy Montana Creek is a small west tributary of Hutchinson Creek. The placer workings are located near the mouth of Montana Creek, in section 11, T. 7 S., R. 27 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate. Montana Creek is locality 31 of Burleigh and Lear (1994) and locality 44 of Cobb (1973 [MF-393]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The rocks along Montana Creek are Paleozoic biotite schist, quartzite, and marble (Foster, 1976). These metamorphic rocks are intruded by Tertiary felsic and mafic dikes and other small intrusions (Foster and Clark, 1970).
In 1902, prospecting showed good results near the mouth of Montana Creek (Prindle, 1905). Mining was reported on Montana Creek in several years from 1902 to 1912. In 1968, Foster and Clark (1970) collected stream-sediment and rock samples in the drainage of Hutchinson Creek, including Montana Creek. WGM Inc. conducted a reconnaissance of streams draining Mount Warbelow in 1978 by panning concentrates from stream sediments. Arctic Resources Inc. panned stream sediments from tributaries of Hutchinson Creek 1981 for gold but did not find significant anomalies (WGM Inc., 1998 [DLR 98-10]). Placer gold has also been produced on Hutchinson Creek (EA066) near the mouth of Montana Creek.
Geologic map unit (-142.343296700629, 64.3170627641029)
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 1902, prospecting showed good results near the mouth of Montana Creek (Prindle, 1905). Mining was reported on Montana Creek in several years from 1902 to 1912. In 1968, Foster and Clark (1970) collected stream-sediment and rock samples in the drainage of Hutchinson Creek, including Montana Creek. WGM Inc. conducted a reconnaissance of streams draining Mount Warbelow in 1978 by panning concentrates from stream sediments. Arctic Resources Inc. panned stream sediments from tributaries of Hutchinson Creek 1981 for gold but did not find significant anomalies (WGM Inc., 1998 [DLR 98-10]). Placer gold has also been produced on Hutchinson Creek (EA066) near the mouth of Montana Creek.
Indication of production Yes; small

References

MRDS Number A015146

References

WGM Inc., 1998, Veta property, 1997 annual report, volume 1: Doyon, Ltd. Report 98-10, 227 p. (Report held by Doyon, Ltd., Fairbanks, Alaska).
Reporters M.B. Werdon; R.L. Flynn
Last report date 5/1/2002