Ruth Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Cr; Hg; Sb; W
Ore minerals gold; chromite; cinnabar; monazite; scheelite; stibnite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-4
Latitude 65.522
Longitude -148.54
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Location and accuracy Cobb (1972, MF-413), loc. 65; SE1/4NE1/4 sec. 15, T. 8 N., R. 5 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The Ruth Creek placer mine is near the mouth of Ruth Creek, a tributary of Livengood Creek, near the old town of Livengood.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Gold is found at the base of the gravels and in the top 2 feet of bedrock with a pay streak 30 to 40 feet wide (Mertie, 1918). Black crystalline limestone with calcite and quartz veins slopes away from the creek on both sides (Mertie, 1918). Gold was reportedly high grade, netting $18/oz after charges (Mertie, 1918). Placer mining took place from as early as 1916 to as late as 1940 (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633). Concentrates contain gold, scheelite, magnetite, cinnabar, chromite, pyrite, arsenopyrite, zircon, monazite, chrome spinels and stibnite (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633, p. 164-166).
Geologic map unit (-148.542508813825, 65.5215654277763)
Mineral deposit model Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Placer mining took place from as early as 1916 to as late as 1940 (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Foster (1968) reported that Ruth Creek had been a major placer-gold producer, but there is no data on the amount produced.


MRDS Number A015483; D002627


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 C.J. Freeman, J.R. Guidetti Schaefer (Avalon Development Corporation)
Last report date 5/4/1999