Tincan Creek

Mine, Inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Cu; W
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; gold; scheelite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SR
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-6
Latitude 60.78
Longitude -149.2118
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Location and accuracy Tincan Creek is located in T. 8 N., R. 1 and 2 E., of the Seward Meridian. The map site of this placer mine is in the SW1/4 section 13, T. 8 N., R. 1 E. It is situated on the east side of the Seward Highway about 2 miles south of the rest area in Turnagain Pass. This location is accurate to within 300 feet. This is location GC14 of Jasper (1967), location 151 of Cobb and Richter (1972), location 151 of Cobb and Tysdal (1980), and location P-67 of Jansons and others (1984).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Tincan Creek drains small glaciers on the northwest side of Kickstep Mountain and Tincan peak. Bedrock in the area is slate and graywacke of the Upper Cretaceous Valdez Group (Nelson and others, 1985).
Gravels in the lower section of the creek were hand placered in the 1930s (Jansons and others, 1984). Little gold occurs throughout the gravels, which are poorly sorted and have a high clay content. Accessory minerals identified in concentrates are scheelite and chalcopyrite (Jasper, 1967).
Estimated total production is between 50 and 100 ounces of gold (Jansons and others, 1984).
Geologic map unit (-149.213949764115, 60.7794316222858)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (alluvial) (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration There was minor hand-mining in the 1930s, and there has been some minor recreational suction dredging in the past 10 years (C. S. Huber, oral communication, 2000).
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Total production is estimated between 50 and 100 ounces of gold (Jansons and others, 1984).