Foster Hungerford

Prospect, Inactive

Alternative names

Alaska Group

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-1
Latitude 65.07
Longitude -147.395
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Location and accuracy The Foster Hungerford prospect is located above Chatham Creek approximately 1 mile northwest of the Christina prospect (ARDF no. LG146); SW1/4 sec. 20, T. 3 N., R. 2 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

During the summer of 1912 an east-west striking, south-dipping shear zone was discovered on the Blarney Stone claim. A twelve-inch-thick high-grade quartz-bearing zone was exposed and reported to contain significant gold. A shaft was sunk through the winter of 1912-1913 and 14 tons of ore were produced (Chapin, 1914). Hill (1933) reports that this ore averaged $40 per ton gold (1.9 ounces of gold per ton). Several northeast trending shear zones were exposed on the Foster Hungerford prospect in 1931. A N 50-60 E trending stringer approximately 8 to 10 inches wide was exposed in a 10 foot deep shaft on the Alaska #2 claim (Hill, 1933). This shear zone assayed $16.88 per ton in gold (0.8 ounces of gold per ton). A second shear near the east end of Alaska #2 is 18 inches wide; it strikes N 45 E and dips 50 SE.
Geologic map unit (-147.397448515016, 65.0695774423761)
Mineral deposit model Gold-quartz vein.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration A shaft had been sunk that produced ore (Chapin, 1914).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Shaft sinking through the winter of 1912-1913 produced 14 tons of ore (Chapin, 1914). Hill (1933) reports that this ore averaged $40 per ton (1.9 ounces of gold per ton).

Additional comments

The first known reference to the Foster Hungerford prospect dates to the winter of 1911-1912 when Mr. Foster and Mr. Hungerford acquired a lease on the New York, Blarney Stone, Comstock and Stockholm claims (Times Publishing Company, 1912). These claims were then known as the Empire group and were owned by the Empire Mining Company. By 1931, Fred M. Wackwitz had staked the ground under the Alaska claim group (Hill, 1933).



Freeman, C.J., 1992, 1991 Golden Summit project final report, volume 2: Historical summary of lode mines and prospects in the Golden Summit project area, Alaska: Avalon Development Corp., 159 p. (Report held by Freegold Recovery Inc. USA, Vancouver, British Columbia.)
Reporters C.J. Freeman, J.R. Guidetti Schaefer (Avalon Development Corporation)
Last report date 5/4/1999