Smith Creek

Mine, Active?

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-1
Latitude 64.2538
Longitude -141.0792
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Location and accuracy Smith Creek is a 12-mile-long south tributary of the lower Fortymile River, located about 3 miles west of the Canadian border and about 2 miles south of the Eldon landing strip. Pay was found for at least 2 miles along Smith Creek. The coordinates are placed about 1 mile upstream of the mouth of the creek, in section 6, T. 8 S., R. 34 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The location is accurate within 1 mile. Smith Creek is locality 54 of Eberlein and others (1977).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The rocks along most of Smith Creek are Paleozoic gneiss, schist, amphibolite, quartzite, and marble (Foster, 1969 [B 1271-G]). Dioritic to granodioritic gneiss and graphitic quartzite and quartz-muscovite schist of the Nasina Series of Devonian to Mississippian age crop out at the head of Smith Creek (Mortensen, 1988; Mortensen, 1999). Extensive terrace gravel deposits occur on both sides of the lower portion of the Fortymile River (see EA071), including in the Smith Creek valley.
Gold-bearing gravels were found for at least 2 miles along Smith Creek and its benches, but the creek was not regarded as rich (Powers, 1935). Mining occurred on Smith Creek in 1932 (Smith, 1934 [B 857-A]), and two men were working on Smith Creek in the mid-1930s (Powers, 1935). There was prospecting on Smith Creek in 2000 (R.L. Flynn, unpub. data, 2000). Placer gold has also been produced on the lower Fortymile River near the mouth of Smith Creek.
Geologic map unit (-141.081466425986, 64.2534922167811)
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 Gold-bearing gravels were found for at least 2 miles along Smith Creek and its benches, but the creek was not regarded as rich (Powers, 1935). Mining occurred on Smith Creek in 1932 (Smith, 1934 [B 857-A]), and two men were working on Smith Creek in the mid-1930s (Powers, 1935). There was prospecting on Smith Creek in 2000 (R.L. Flynn, unpub. data, 2000). Placer gold has also been produced on the lower Fortymile River (see EA071) near the mouth of Smith Creek.
Indication of production Yes; small

References

References

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