Yellow Eagle

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 64.843
Longitude -148.013
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Location and accuracy The Yellow Eagle mine site consists of an area south of the Parks Highway that extends between the mouth of Eva Creek and the southern part of the Ester Creek placers (FB034), south nearly to the dredge pond of Cripple Creek (FB 070). It is the location of a large open-pit mine in the late 1990's that covers much of the west half of section 8, T 1 S., R. 2 W., Fairbanks Meridian.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

This site occupies a large block of ground between the rich and productive placers on Ester Creek (FB034) and Cripple Creek (FB070), and it has probably been drilled and mined at one place or another since the earliest days of the district, the work being attributed to one or another of those creeks. However, it had never been mined as a whole, and there were indications that considerable gold remained. In 1996, Cripple Creek Venture developed it as a new mine that was worked by Yellow Eagle Mining Inc. Placer mining continued from a series of large open pits using heavy earth-moving equipment until 1999 (Swainbank and others, 1998; Szumigala and Swainbank, 1999; Swainbank and others, 2000). During the last stages of mining, when a pit just south of the Parks Highway reached its maximum depth, it uncovered the top of a weathered granitic body, and there was speculation that some of the gold over it was a residual placer.
Geologic map unit (-148.015426997474, 64.842563296226)
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 The Yellow Eagle site occupies a large block of ground between the rich and productive placers on Ester Creek (FB034) and Cripple Creek (FB070), and it has probably been drilled and mined at one place or another since the earliest days of the district, the work being attributed to one or another of those creeks. However, it had never been mined as a whole, and there were indications that considerable gold remained. In 1996, Cripple Creek Venture developed it as a new mine that was worked by Yellow Eagle Mining Inc. Placer mining continued from a series of large open pits using heavy earth-moving equipment until 1999 (Swainbank and others, 1998; Szumigala and Swainbank, 1999; Swainbank and others, 2000).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Production figures are not available.

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