Montezuma Creek

Mine, Undetermined

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale RM
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-7
Latitude 61.905
Longitude -161.412
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Location and accuracy Montezuma Creek is a small drainage between Buster Creek (RM008) and Bobtail Creek (RM009). These creeks are not named on the USGS 1:63,360 topographic map (1952 edition) of the area. All three creeks are west tributaries of lower Kako Creek. The map site of the Montezuma placer mine is 4 miles north-northwest of Kako Landing on the Yukon River. The site is about 0.2 mile north of a landing strip in the NE1/4 sec. 20, T. 21 N., R. 66 W., of the Seward Meridian. Montezuma Creek is included in localities 11, 12, and 13 of Hoare and Cobb (1972, 1977).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Montezuma Creek is a small stream between Bobtail (RM009) and Buster Creeks (RM008). Although mining has been reported from as early as 1924 and intermittently until 1936 (Hoare and Cobb, 1977), little is known about the placer deposit or the mine workings. Hickok and McAtee (1990, p. 11) noted that reserves are expected on Montezuma Creek along and below old workings. The headwaters of Montezuma Creek trend toward the Kako lode gold prospect (RM007).
Geologic map unit (-161.414373781232, 61.9042637229676)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Some open-cut mine workings are expected to be present along Montezuma Creek.
Indication of production Yes; small