Taylor Creek

Mine, Active

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Other commodities Ag; Hg; Mn; Sn
Ore minerals cassiterite; cinnabar; gold; pyrite

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale TA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale D-4
Latitude 60.8741
Longitude -157.3437
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Location and accuracy Taylor Creek is the main drainage on the southeast side of the Taylor Mountains. Taylor Creek flows east and north from the highest peak (3,581 feet in elevation) for 3.8 miles Gold has been placer mined along at least the upper 3 miles of Taylor Creek, although prospects have been noted as far as 1.5 miles below the mouth of Fork Creek, a south tributary. The location is at the principal mine buildings in the NW1/4 of section 18, T. 9 N., R. 46 W., of the Seward Meridian. This is locality 11 of Cobb (1972 [MF 384]; 1976 [OF 76-606]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Placer gold mining has taken place along at least the upper 3 miles of Taylor Creek, although prospects have been noted as far as 1.5 miles below the mouth of Fork Creek, a south tributary (Cady and others, 1955, Plate 1). The alluvial gravels are about 10 feet thick, the pay streak is about 250 feet wide, and bedrock is mid-Cretaceous clastic sedimentary rocks of the Kuskokwim Group.
The heavy-mineral concentrates contain cinnabar and cassiterite; pyrite is abundant in concentrates from below the mouth of Fork Creek (Cady and others, 1955, p. 119). Cady and others (1955) reported that the Taylor Creek mine had produced a total of $90,000 worth of gold (about 2,500 ounces), mainly in 1950 and 1951. The mine has been active at different times since Cady and others' report, including small-scale mining and prospecting through the 1990s (M. Henning, personal communication, 2000). The Bureau of Land Management sampled the Taylor Creek placer deposit in 2004 (Ellefson and others, 2005). Two panned-concentrate samples contained 7.66 and 15.2 parts per million (ppm) gold, 0.25 and 0.24 ppm silver, 9.15 and 10.8 ppm mercury, 2280 and 1270 ppm manganese, 19 and 34 ppm tin, and less than 0.01 ppm tantalum.
Geologic map unit (-157.345997136296, 60.8733994764699)
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 Placer gold mining has taken place along at least the upper 3 miles of Taylor Creek, although prospects have been noted as far as 1.5 miles below the mouth of Fork Creek, a south tributary (Cady and others, 1955, Plate 1). An airstrip, water ditch, and mine buildings are present. Taylor Creek has been explored for a distance of about 1.5 miles downstream of the mouth of Fork Creek. The mine has been active at different times since Cady and others' report, including small-scale mining and prospecting through the 1990s (M. Henning, oral communication, 2000). Sampled by the Bureau of Land Management in 2004.
Indication of production Yes; small
Production notes Cady and others (1955) reported that the Taylor Creek mine had produced a total of $90,000 worth of gold (about 2,500 ounces), mainly in 1950 and 1951. There has been an undocumented amount of production since 1951.

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