Gold Creek

Mine, Probably inactive

Commodities and mineralogy

Main commodities Au
Ore minerals gold

Geographic location

Quadrangle map, 1:250,000-scale VA
Quadrangle map, 1:63,360-scale A-7
Latitude 61.1415
Longitude -146.4745
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Location and accuracy Placer mining took place locally on Gold Creek, probably at least one-half mile upstream from its mouth on Port Valdez. The site is plotted on the creek at an elevation of 750 feet on the boundary between sections 27 and 28, T. 8 S., R. 7 W., of the Copper River Meridian. This mine is probably located to within one-half mile. It is locality 75 of Cobb and Matson (1972) and locality 62 of Winkler and others (1981 [OFR 80-892-B]).

Geologic setting

Geologic description

The stream gravels of Gold Creek, which were reported to be as much as 50 feet thick in places, contain small amounts of placer gold (Brooks, 1914). Small-scale placer mining, including attempts at hydraulic operations, occurred at several locations along this creek from about 1906 to 1915 (Cobb, 1979 [OFR 79-1241]). Bedrock in the area is greenschist-facies metaflysch of the Late Cretaceous Valdez Group (Winkler and others, 1981 [OFR 80-892-A]). Gold-bearing quartz veins are widespread through the Valdez Group in the southern Valdez quadrangle (Cobb and Matson, 1972).
Geologic map unit (-146.4765345327, 61.1409778580291)
Mineral deposit model Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Mineral deposit model number 39a
Age of mineralization Holocene.

Production and reserves

Workings or exploration Small-scale placer mining, including attempts at hydraulic operations, occurred at several locations along this creek from about 1906 to 1915 (Cobb, 1979 [OFR 79-1241]).
Indication of production Yes; small

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