Olive Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

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

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-4
Latitude 65.489
Longitude -148.506
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy Cobb (1972, MF-413), loc. 72; SE1/4 sec. 26, T. 8 N., R. 5 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The Olive Creek placer mine tailings are marked along Olive Creek in the extreme northeast corner of Livengood (B-4) quadrangle. Coordinates given are for buildings adjacent to tailings.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Placer gold on the Discovery claim is in the lower 7 feet of 10 feet of angular slide gravel, and a little coarse gold is found on bedrock (Mertie, 1918). Bedrock is slate and sandstone intruded by now highly altered granitic rock. Concentrates contain gold, magnetite, ilmenite, picotite, scheelite, chromite, pyrite, arsenopyrite, zircon, limonite and plentiful cinnabar (Mertie, 1918; Overbeck, 1920).
Geologic map unit (-148.508504622192, 65.4885655162016)
Mineral deposit model Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Mining was reported in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1926, 1928-34, and 1936-40 (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633). Gold production was also reported in the 1980s by a small-scale sluicing operation (Green and others, 1989).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Mining was reported in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1926, 1928-34, 1936-40, and as recently as 1988, but no record of amount of production (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633; Green and others, 1989).

References

MRDS Number A015489; D002626

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.
Smith, S.S., 1917, The mining industry in the territory of Alaska during the calendar year 1915: U.S. Bureau of Mines Bulletin 142, 66 p.
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