Hughes Bar

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale HU
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-3
Latitude 66.031
Longitude -154.2596
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Location and accuracy The Hughes Bar placer mine is on the east bank of the Koyukuk River about a mile south of the village of Hughes. The exact location is problematic; for this record, the site is the location shown by Cobb (1972, [MF458]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Fine gold has been mined from several bars along the Koyukuk River since at least the 1890s. Hughes Bar, with Florence and Tramway Bars (in the Wiseman quadrangle), were some of the better-known localities (Maddren, 1910). Smith (1913) concluded that the gold on these bars had been carried for a considerable distance. Maddren (1910) indicates that perhaps $4,000 in gold (about 200 ounces) has been produced from the Hughes Bar. No other information is available.
Geologic map unit (-154.262233378971, 66.0304549972981)
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 Surface mining.
Indication of production Yes


MRDS Number A015586


Bottge, R.G., 1988, Maps summarizing land availability for mineral exploration and development in western Alaska, 1986: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 14-88, 38 quadrangle overlays.
Heiner, L.E., and Wolff, E.N., eds., 1968, Mineral resources of northern Alaska, Final report, submitted to the NORTH Commission: University of Alaska, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Report No. 16, 306 p.
Reporters J.M. Britton (Anchorage)
Last report date 8/1/2002