|Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale||MH|
|Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale||A-4|
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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 descriptionThe 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.|
|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 commentsPlacer 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).
MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous and selected non-metalliferous mineral deposits in the eastern part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-A, 99 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.
Mendenhall, W.C., 1905, Geology of the central Copper River region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 41, 133 p., 4 sheets, scale 1:250,000.
Mendenhall, W.C., and Schrader, F.C., 1903, The mineral resources of the Mount Wrangell District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 15, 71 p., 1 sheet.
Moffit, F.H., 1912, Headwater regions of Gulkana and Susitna Rivers, Alaska, with accounts of the Valdez Creek and Chistochina placer districts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 498, 82 p.
Nokleberg, W.J., Lange, I.M., Roback, R.C., Yeend, Warren, and Silva, S.R., 1991, Map showing locations of metalliferous lode and placer mineral occurrences, mineral deposits, prospects, and mines, Mount Hayes quadrangle, eastern Alaska Range, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1996-C, 42 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
|Reporters||W.T. Ellis (Alaska Earth Science), C.C. Hawley (Hawley Resource Group), and W.J. Nokleberg (USGS)|
|Last report date||6/17/2002|