Ester Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Hg
Ore minerals cinnabar; gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-3
Latitude 65.497
Longitude -148.464
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Location and accuracy Cobb (1972, MF-413), loc. 73; NW1/4NW1/4 sec. 30, T. 8 N., R. 4 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The Ester Creek mine is along Ester Creek about one half mile north of the Elliot Highway, about three miles southeast of Livengood, at an elevation of about 1,000 feet. Accuracy is within 1,500 feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Gold is found on bedrock and/or at the base of the gravel. Bedrock was 20 feet deep where it was being mined in 1916, and 90 feet deep further downstream. Concentrates contain gold, magnetite, ilmenite, picotite, cinnabar, limonite and zircon (Mertie, 1918, p. 271-272). Mining occurred in 1915 and 1916, and from 1928 to 1934 (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633, p. 60).
Geologic map unit (-148.466505024677, 65.496566365267)
Mineral deposit model Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Workings included at least 2 shafts, one 20 feet deep and one 90 feet deep (Mertie, 1918).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Mining occurred in 1915 and 1916, and from 1928 to 1934, but the amount of production was not reported (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633, p. 60).


MRDS Number A015490


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