Prospect, Inactive

Alternative names

Hillside Lode

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Cu
Other commodities Ag; Zn
Ore minerals chalcopyrite; chalmersite; malachite; native copper; pyrite; pyrrhotite; sphalerite
Gangue minerals quartz

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale SR
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale B-2
Latitude 60.3263
Longitude -147.7255
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Location and accuracy The prospect is located about 0.3 mile north-northeast of the head of Northeast Cove of Drier Bay and between elevations of 950 and 1,200 feet. It is in the NW1/4 section 28, T. 3 N., R. 10 E., of the Seward Meridian. This is location 29 of Condon and Cass (1958), location 110 of Cobb and Richter (1972), location 138 of MacKevett and Holloway (1977), location 232 of Cobb and Tysdal (1980), and location S-56 of Jansons and others (1984). This location is accurate to within 300 feet.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Nelson and others (1985) mapped bedrock in this area as greenstone of the Orca Group of early Tertiary age. The prospect consists of a weakly developed shear zone that contains a fine network of quartz-sulfide stringers (Johnson, 1914 [B 592-G, p. 237-243]). The shear zone is between 20 to 55 feet wide, but the margins are poorly defined; it strikes N 15 E and dips vertically. The zone is only slightly mineralized as a whole, and in some places short lenses of solid or nearly solid sulfide minerals occur in the sheared greenstone (Johnson, 1914 [B 592-G, p. 237-243]). The sulfide minerals consist of chalcopyrite, chalmersite, sphalerite, and pyrrhotite (Johnson, 1914 [B 592-G, p. 237-243]). Kurtak and Jeske (1986) reported the presence of malachite staining and a trace of native copper.
Samples collected from the adit and the surface trenches contained between 50 ppm and 1.3 percent copper and 0.3 to 11 ppm silver (Kurtak and Jeske, 1986).
Geologic map unit (-147.727532757098, 60.3257229123054)
Mineral deposit model Cyprus massive sulfide (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 24a)
Mineral deposit model number 24a
Age of mineralization Tertiary or younger; the mineralization is in rocks of the Orca Group of Tertiary age.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Workings on the prospect consist of a 742-foot-long adit at 950 feet elevation, with 160 feet of crosscuts and a winze. There are also two surface trenches located at 1,200 feet elevation (Johnson, 1914 [B 592-G, p. 237-243]). There is a collapsed cabin below the adit (Kurtak and Jeske, 1986). Samples collected from the adit and surface trenches contained between 50 ppm and 1.3 percent copper and from 0.3 to 11 ppm silver (Kurtak and Jeske, 1986). In 1911, a test shipment of ore was sent to the smelter in Tacoma, Washington, but results are not known (Kurtak and Jeske, 1986). There are 200 tons of ore on the dump.
Indication of production None
Reserve estimates Kurtak and Jeske (1986) reported that 200 tons of ore was stockpiled on the dump in 1911.

Additional comments

The mining claims were patented in 1916.



Reporters Jeff A. Huber and Carol S. Huber (Anchorage)
Last report date 11/30/2001