|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||FB|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||D-3|
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|Location and accuracy||The Wandering Jew mine is located in the SE1/4 NW1/4 sec. 32, T. 1 N., R. 2 W., Fairbanks Meridian. This mine is in upper Saint Patrick Creek at an elevation of about 1,400 feet; it is approximately 0.5 mile west of the Mohawk mine (FB061) and about 1.7 miles east-southeast of the top of Ester Dome. The mine is included in locality 14 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).|
Geologic descriptionThe Wandering Jew mine lies within a unit of the Fairbanks Schist that consists of quartz-muscovite schist, quartzite, and chlorite-quartz schist (Newberry and others, 1996). Gold ore was mined from a 4- to 18-inch- wide, sulfide-bearing, white quartz vein (Hill, 1933, p. 147). This vein strikes north and dips 75-80 E. The vein is not as crushed as others in the area, but it does contain iron- and arsenic-oxide staining. A vertical shaft 50 feet deep was still accessible when visited by Hill in 1931 (Hill, 1933, p. 147). In 1930-31, 75 tons of ore, worth $21 in gold per ton (about 0.97 ounce of gold per ton), and 45 tons of ore, worth $10 in gold per ton (about 0.48 ounce of gold per ton), was recovered above a depth of 50 feet in a stope about 50 feet long. A sample taken at the 30-foot level of the workings assayed $25.35 in gold per ton (1.23 ounces of gold per ton). Glover (1950) reported the gold was 762 fine.
|Geologic map unit||(-148.003430020506, 64.8725638093577)|
|Mineral deposit model||Schist-hosted gold-quartz vein|
|Alteration of deposit||Patches of vein quartz are stained with iron and arsenic oxides.|
|Workings or exploration||A vertical shaft 50 feet deep was still accessible when visited by Hill in 1931 (Hill, 1933, p. 147). At the 30-foot level, a drift was driven south for 50 feet to a fault that strikes east and dips 37 N. In the north drift on the 30-foot level, a fault that strikes N. 30 W. and dips 35-40 NE cuts off the vein about 25 feet north of the shaft. All the ore up to the fault had been mined out. The vein was also explored on the surface by pits for about 400 feet south of the shaft (Hill, 1933, p. 147).|
|Indication of production||Yes; small|
|Production notes||In 1930 and 1931, 75 tons of ore, worth $21 in gold per ton (0.97 ounce of gold per ton), and 45 tons of ore, worth $10 in gold per ton (0.48 ounce of gold per ton), was mined from the Wandering Jew mine (Hill, 1933, p. 147). No other production records are available.|
Chapman, R.M., and Foster, R.L., 1969, Lode mines and prospects in the Fairbanks district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 625-D, 25 p., 1 plate.
Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-410, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-662, 174 p.
Glover, A.E., 1950, Placer gold fineness: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 195-1, 38 p.
Hill, J.M., 1933, Lode deposits of the Fairbanks district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 849-B, p. 29-163.
Newberry, R.J., Bundtzen, T.K., Clautice, K.C., Combellick, R.A., Douglas, T., Laird, G.M., Liss, S.A., Pinney, D.S., Reifenstuhl, R.R., and Solie, D.N., 1996, Preliminary geologic map of the Fairbanks mining district, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Public Data File 96-16, 17 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.
|Reporters||J.R. Guidetti Schaefer and C.J. Freeman (Avalon Development Corporation)|
|Last report date||7/31/2001|