Buckskin 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 A-2
Latitude 64.196
Longitude -141.9829
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Location and accuracy Buckskin Creek is about 9 miles north-northwest of Chicken; it drains eastward into the South Fork of the Fortymile River. The exact location of placer workings on Buckskin Creek is unknown, although a prospector indicated that there was pay gravel from the mouth of Fortyfive Pup for about 2 miles down Buckskin Creek (Mertie, 1938 ). The coordinates are arbitrarily placed on Buckskin Creek approximately 1 mile east of the mouth of Fortyfive Pup, in section 27, T. 8 S., R. 29 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. Buckskin Creek is locality 71 of Burleigh and Lear (1994), locality 10 of Eberlein and others (1977), and locality 48 of Cobb (1972 [MF-393]). Buckskin Creek has one placer gold-bearing tributary, Fortyfive Pup (EA104).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The rocks in the vicinity of Buckskin Creek are primarily Paleozoic (and possibly Precambrian), amphibolite-facies rocks that include biotite gneiss and amphibolite, as wellas lesser Jurassic to Triassic granodiorite (Foster, 1976). Quaternary colluvium and terrace deposits are locally extensive.
Small-scale placer mining on Buckskin Creek was reported in 1904, 1912, 1914, and in 1935 (Prindle, 1906; Brooks, 1915; Smith, 1937). In 1936, a prospector claimed to have found 5 miles of dredging ground on Fortyfive Pup and 2 additional miles on Buckskin Creek below the mouth of Fortyfive Pup (Mertie, 1938). The pay streak was estimated to be 200 to 300 feet wide, with overburden from 12 to 16 feet thick.
Geologic map unit (-141.985190133063, 64.1956689091716)
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 Small-scale placer mining on Buckskin Creek was reported in 1904, 1912, 1914, and in 1935 (Prindle, 1906; Brooks, 1915; Smith, 1937). In 1936, a prospector claimed to have found 5 miles of dredging ground on Fortyfive Pup and 2 additional miles on Buckskin Creek below the mouth of Fortyfive Pup (Mertie, 1938). The pay streak was estimated to be 200 to 300 feet wide, with overburden from 12 to 16 feet thick.
Indication of production Undetermined

References

MRDS Number A015151

References

Reporters M.B. Werdon
Last report date 5/1/2002