Unnamed (lower Dome Creek in the Chatanika flats)

Mines, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-2
Latitude 65.077
Longitude -147.699
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Location and accuracy These drift mines are located in the lower portion of Dome Creek near the Chatanika River, and are marked on the Livengood A-2 topographic map. They cover an area of approximately one mile by one-quarter mile, and are on both sides of the Elliot Highway, less than one mile northwest of the town of Olnes.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Drift mining operations in the Chatanika flats on lower Dome Creek were active in the early 1900s. Most production has come from drift mines from Seatte Creek to Olnes, and from dredge operations that took place in the 1950s between the mouth of Moose Creek to Seattle Creek; these operations are described in a separate record, ARDF no. LG049. Most of the mining in 1912 and 1914 was reported to have come from near the mouth in the Chatanika flats, however, production figures generally include the drift mines that were producing south of the town of Olnes (Eakin, 1915; Ellsworth and Davenport, 1913). The depth to bedrock for all drift mining along the creek has been described as from 30 to 200 feet (Prindle, 1908; Prindle and Katz, 1913). Most likely, the depth to bedrock in the Chatanika flats is closer to 200 feet. The bedrock surface is uneven, and the pay streak was 130 to 165 feet wide within the lower 2 to 3 feet of gravel and upper 2 to 3 feet of bedrock (Prindle, 1908).
Geologic map unit (-147.701451116991, 65.0765709138587)
Mineral deposit model Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Mining by drift methods only (Cobb, 1976).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Most of the mining in 1912 and 1914 was reported to have come from near the mouth in the Chatanika flats, however, production figures generally include the drift mines that were producing south of the town of Olnes (Eakin, 1915; Ellsworth and Davenport, 1913). By 1973, production from the entire creek was estimated to be about $4,000,000 in gold from both surface and underground workings (Cobb, 1973).

References

MRDS Number 10307718

References

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 9/1/1999