Saunders Creek

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale NM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-1
Latitude 64.4713
Longitude -165.1089
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Location and accuracy This alluvial placer gold mine is on Saunders Creek, a west tributary to Hastings Creek (NM298). The mouth of Saunders Creek is about three quarters of a mile upstream of the Nome-Council road crossing of Hastings Creek. Placer mining took place at elevations of 25 to 50 feet and extended for about three quarters of a mile upstream from the mouth of Saunders Creek. The map location is the approximate midpoint of the placer workings, at the south edge of section 5, T. 12 S., R. 32 W., Kateel River Meridian. It is included in locality 133 of Cobb (1972 [MF 463], 1978 [OFR 78-93]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

A dredge operated on Saunders Creek in 1911-12 and reportedly worked out the ground (Chapin, 1914). Saunders Creek flows across older parts of the eastern Nome coastal plain, including the projected trace of Third Beach (NM258) (Metcalfe and Tuck, 1942).
Geologic map unit (-165.111504654597, 64.4705396603035)
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 Placer mine tailings are along about three quarters of a mile of Saunders Creek upstream from its mouth to just beyond the mouth of Grass Creek (NM306).
Indication of production Yes; small