Chatham Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Sb; Sn; W
Ore minerals cassiterite; gold; scheelite; stibnite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LG
Latitude 65.071
Longitude -147.417
Nearby scientific data Find additional scientific data near this location
Location and accuracy Cobb (1972, MF-413), loc. 88; NW1/4SE1/4 sec. 19, T. 3 N., R. 2 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The coordinates given are for the approximate center of placer-mined ground that extends for about a mile from the head to the mouth of Chatham Creek.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Bedrock is quartz muscovite schist, quartzite, and chlorite quartzose schist (Newberry and others, 1996). Gold has been found in stream placers from the head to the mouth of the creek. Stibnite has been found in places as veins a foot or more thick, parallel to the structure in the schist (Prindle, 1906, p. 114). Scheelite has been found in concentrates (Byers, 1957, p. 188, 210), along with cassiterite (Joesting, 1942; ATDM Pamph. 1, p. 10-11). Considerable stibnite float was found in old dredge tailings (Joesting, 1943, p. 9).
Mining was largely by open-cut methods in most years from 1903 to 1915.
A dredge operated from 1926 or 1927 through 1934 (Cobb, 1976, p. 29). Gold production from 1903 to 1910 was over 17,700 ounces (Prindle and Katz, 1913, p. 112-113). Mining has continued intermittently to as recently as 1997 (A. Miscovich, oral communication, 1998).
Geologic map unit (-147.419448578807, 65.0705771687795)
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 largely by open-cut methods in most years from 1903 to 1915.
A dredge operated from 1926 or 1927 through 1934 (Cobb, 1976, p. 29). Mining has continued intermittently to as recently as 1997 (A. Miscovich, oral communication, 1998).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Gold production from 1903 to 1910 was over 17,700 ounces (Prindle and Katz, 1913, p. 112-113).

References

MRDS Number A015504; D002653

References

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