Upper Goose Creek

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SO
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-5
Latitude 64.881
Longitude -164.357
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Location and accuracy Goose Creek is a north tributary to the Casadepaga River. The mouth of Goose Creek is 2 miles downstream from the mouth of Canyon Creek at an elevation of about 250 feet. This site is in the headwaters of Goose Creek, about 3 miles upstream of its mouth. This is locality 58 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Placer gold mining started on lower Goose Creek in 1900 (Brooks and others, 1901). Dredging started by 1909 and took place intermittently to 1919 (Cobb, 1978, OF 78-181). The lower part of the creek crosses creek terraces and terraces of the Casadepaga River and some bench mining occurred (see ARDF locality SO072). Smith (1910 ) reported that some mining took place at this locality (about 3 miles above the mouth) in creek gravels below the mouth of a small tributary. Bedrock of the Goose Creek drainage is pelitic schist of possible Cambrian or Precambrian age (Till and others, 1986).
Geologic map unit (-164.359620846376, 64.8802592071971)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Small-scale placer mining occurred here prior to 1910.
Indication of production Yes; small