Lillian Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold; limonite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale C-1
Latitude 64.6052
Longitude -165.2453
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Location and accuracy This alluvial gold placer mine is on Lillian Creek, a north tributary to Buster Creek (NM304), an east tributary to Nome River. The confluence of Lillian and Buster Creeks is 1.1 miles upstream of the mouth of Buster Creek. The map location is on lower Lillian Creek, 0.4 mile upstream of its mouth, in the SE1/4 section 22, T. 10 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian. Lillian Creek is included in locality 116 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463]; 1978 [OFR 78-93]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Coarse, rough, and iron-stained (limonitic?) gold was recovered from gravel near schist bedrock on Lillian Creek. The gravel was 3 to 10 feet thick and was covered by 5 feet of overburden (Brooks and others, 1901; Collier and others, 1908). The pay was apparently spotty and the production small (Moffit, 1913). Bedrock in the drainage is marble and schist (Hummel, 1962 [MF 247]); boulders encountered in mining included schist, quartz, greenstone, and granite (Collier and others, 1908). Hummel (1962 [MF 247, locality 21]) mapped a prospect in the headwaters of Lillian Creek. (NM292) containing pyrite, arsenopyrite, and possibly pyrrhotite.
Geologic map unit (-165.247910041539, 64.6044391306241)
Mineral deposit model Alluvial placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Some placer tailings and small surface workings are probably present. The deposit was mined in 1900 and possibly in subsequent years.
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Pay was spotty and production small (Moffit, 1913).