Delta River

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale MH
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-4
Latitude 63.2007
Longitude -145.8153
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Location and accuracy This placer mine is located near a cabin at the mouth of Garrett Creek, a southeast tributary of the Delta River. The mine is approximately 3 miles south of Eureka Creek in the NW1/4NW1/4 section 10, T. 20 S., R. 10 E., Fairbanks Meridian. The site corresponds to locality 10 of Cobb (1979 [OFR 79-238]), to locality 62 in MacKevett and Holloway (1977), and to locality S5 in table 3 of Nokleberg and others (1991). The location is probably accurate within one-half mile.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The gravel bars of the Delta River contain small amounts of fine gold, but not enough of the metal has been found to be important commercially (Moffit, 1912). There is no record of any production from this site, although small amounts were recovered in the early 1900s (Moffit, 1912).
Geologic map unit (-145.817545364264, 63.2002810435956)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Holocene.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Gold was panned by members of Moffit's party in 1910 near 'Garretts cabin' on the Delta River, approximately 3 miles south of Eureka Creek. Gold-bearing gravels in this area have been known since 1898 (Moffit, 1912).
Indication of production Undetermined

Additional comments

Placer gold was discovered in 1900 on Wilder Creek, which later became known as Rainy Creek (Mendenhall and Schrader, 1903). The Eureka Mining District was formed in 1901, and 200 to 250 people entered the district, mainly on Rainy Creek and Eureka Creek tributaries. The results were unsatisfactory, and the field was largely abandoned (Moffit, 1912).