Alder Creek

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale TE
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-3
Latitude 65.063
Longitude -166.18
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Location and accuracy Alder Creek is an east tributary to Gold Run who's mouth is 1.9 miles upstream of the confluence of Gold Run and Bluestone River. The old mining facilities of Sullivan's Camp are at the mouth of Alder Creek, 0.25 miles east of the Nome-Teller road. Gold mining reportedly took place along the lower main drainage for about a mile upstream from the mouth on Gold Run. Alder Creek was included as a part of locality 81 by Cobb and Sainsbury (1972). Cobb (1975) summarized relevant references under the name 'Alder Cr.'.

Geologic setting

Geologic description

Bedrock in the Alder Creek drainage is a chlorite schist assemblage with local metamorphosed mafic intrusive bodies (Sainsbury, 1972). The age of this assemblage is not known but it is probably Paleozoic. Gold was discovered in 1900 and about one mile of the lower creek was reported to have been mined by 1908 (Collier and others, 1908). The gravel is reported to be 4 feet thick over broken limestone bedrock 0.5 miles upstream of the mouth (Collier and others, 1908, p. 279-280). The muck here was also four feet thick. The coarse gold is well-rounded and accompanied by pyrite cubes in heavy mineral concentrates.
Geologic map unit (-166.182654490328, 65.0622303146575)
Mineral deposit model Alluvial Au placer (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Quaternary

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Placer mining operations are reported to have taken place over about the lower 1 mile of the main drainage. This would be at surface elevations of 260 to 310 feet.
Indication of production Yes
Reserve estimates Not defined
Production notes Not known