El Patron Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold
Gangue minerals garnet; ilmenite; magnetite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SO
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-6
Latitude 64.858
Longitude -164.786
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Location and accuracy El Patron Creek is a small north tributary to Canyon Creek. It is not labeled on the current Solomon D-6 topographic map. Canyon Creek (SO115) and Dome Creek (SO113) merge 3.8 miles below El Patron Creek to form Iron Creek (SO127). This is locality 27 of Cobb (1972, MF 445; 1978, OF 78-181).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

A small, one-person operation recovered coarse, angular gold with ilmenite, magnetite, and garnet in 1906-1908 (Smith, 1909). This mining was near a bedrock contact between schist and marble. The regional bedrock around El Patron Creek includes schistose marble and metavolcanic rocks of possible Ordovician age (Till and others, 1986).
Geologic map unit (-164.788620974145, 64.8572517267568)
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 took place locally along this creek in 1906-1908.
Indication of production Yes; small