Quail Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Ag; Hg; Sn; W
Ore minerals cassiterite; cinnabar; gold; scheelite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-6
Latitude 65.361
Longitude -149.75
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy Cobb (1972, MF-413), loc. 60; NW1/4SE1/4 sec. 11, T. 6 N., R. 11 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. This mine is marked on Livengood (B-6) near the confluence of Quail Creek with Troublesome Creek; about 4 miles ENE of Wolverine Mountain.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Most of the gold is in a bench placer in the lower mile of the creek where there is a well-defined bench 150 feet above the creek on its north side. Above this bench, about 400 feet in elevation above the creek, an old channel on the spur between the main branch and the south fork of Quail Creek shows colors (Mertie, 1934). Concentrates contain picotite, cassiterite, barite, scheelite, pyrite, garnet, gold, zircon, rutile and one grain of cinnabar (Mertie, 1934; Waters, 1934). Bedrock is slaty shale with many quartz veinlets and small porphyry dikes (Prindle and Hess, 1905). Bench and/or creek placers were mined sporadically from 1898 to as recently as 1940 (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633). No data on total production.
Geologic map unit (-149.752503041221, 65.3605368523546)
Mineral deposit model Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Bench and/or creek placers were mined sporadically from 1898 to as recently as 1940 (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Bench and/or creek placers were mined sporadically from 1898 to as recently as 1940, but there is no data on total production (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633).

Additional comments

Discoverers of gold wanted to call the stream 'Ptarmigan' Creek, but could not spell it, so they settled for 'Quail' Creek (Prindle and Hess, 1906).

References

MRDS Number A015473; D002622

References

Malone, Kevin, 1965, Mercury in Alaska, in Mercury potential of the United States: U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8252, p. 31-59.
Reporters C.J. Freeman, J.R. Guidetti Schaefer (Avalon Development Corporation)
Last report date 5/4/1999