Happy Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale FB
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-2
Latitude 64.886
Longitude -147.975
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Location and accuracy Happy Creek has been placer mined in its headwaters in the SW1/4NW1/4 sec. 28, T. 1 N., R. 2 W., Fairbanks Meridian. The mine is locality 48 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Gold placers were mined from 1913 to 1916 and from 1938 to 1940 (Cobb, 1976 [OFR 76-662, p. 44]). Some mineable ground was found as deep as 140 feet (Smith, 1917 [BMB 142 and B 153]). The gold varied from 820 to 825 fine (Glover, 1950).
Geologic map unit (-147.977431542386, 64.8855643699356)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary placer.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Gold placers were mined from 1913 to 1916 and from 1938 to 1940 (Cobb, 1976 [OFR 76-662, p. 44]).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes There is no record of the amount of gold produced from mining that took place from 1913 to 1916 and from 1938 to 1940 (Cobb, 1976 [OFR 76-662, p. 44]).

References

MRDS Number A015324

References

Smith, S.S., 1917, The mining industry in the Territory of Alaska during the calendar year 1916: U.S. Bureau of Mines Bulletin 153, 89 p.
Reporters J.R. Guidetti Schaefer and C.J. Freeman (Avalon Development Corporation)
Last report date 7/31/2001