Fairbanks Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Ag; Sb; Sn; W
Ore minerals cassiterite; gold; scheelite; stibnite; unknown ag; wolframite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale LG
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-1
Latitude 65.068
Longitude -147.161
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Location and accuracy Cobb (1972, MF-413), loc. 91. A productive placer area of approximately 8 miles along Fairbanks Creek. The coordinates given are for the abandoned village of Meehan which lies in about the middle of the placered area along Fairbanks Creek.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Fairbanks Creek is one of the major placer creeks in the Fairbanks mining district. It has been mined almost continuous for a distance of 8 miles from the McCarty Mine (ARDF no. LG152) to the Fish Creek flats near the mouth of Clark Creek.
Bedrock is mainly schist, from 15 to over 110 feet deep (Cobb, 1976). The gravels are schist, vein quartz and some gneiss. Minerals in concentrates include gold, wolframite, cassiterite, rutile, stibnite, and scheelite (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633).
U.S.S.R. & M. Co. (F.E. Co.) operated Dredge no. 2 on Fairbanks Creek from 1950 through 1961 (R.M. Chapman, 1978, unpublished USGS memorandum). Cook's Mining has been actively mining Fairbanks Creek throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and has mined to within approximately 200 yards of the McCarty mill at the head of the creek (J. Schaefer, field observation, 1999). Cook's Mining was not active in the creek when visited in 1999 (J. Schaefer, field observation, 1999).
Geologic map unit (-147.163445503521, 65.067582872492)
Mineral deposit model Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Placer mining including dredging and drift mining methods from 1903 to present (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633; Swainbank and others, 1997).U.S.S.R. & M. Co. (F.E. Co.) operated Dredge no. 2 on Fairbanks Creek from 1950 through 1961 (R.M. Chapman, 1978, unpublished U.S.G.S. memorandum). Cook's Mining has been actively mining Fairbanks Creek throughout the 1980s and 1990s, however, they were not active in the creek when visited in 1999 (J. Schaefer, field observation, 1999).
Indication of production Yes; medium
Production notes Placer mining from 1903 to present. Dredging began in 1911, but drift and other mining also continued. Production, including that from tributaries, from 1903 through 1920 was about 380,115 fine ounces of gold (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633, p. 63). In the 1980s and 1990s, Cook's Mining produced an unreported amount from Fairbanks Creek.

References

MRDS Number A010720; A015514; D002672

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 5/4/1999