Cripple Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000192
MRDS ID A010229
Record type Site
Current site name Cripple Creek
Related records 10209614

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -130.06869, 56.02477 (WGS84)
Relative position The Cripple Creek prospect is in the north part of Section 35 at an elevation of about 400 feet, between the Salmon River Road and an abandoned aerial tramway (Elliott and Koch, 1981, p. 17, loc. 69). The location is accurate within about a quarter of a mile.? Also see Additional Comments field, below.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Copper Primary
Lead Primary
Zinc Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Galena Ore
Pyrite Ore
Pyrrhotite Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) Sheared granodiorite is partly replaced(?) by disseminated sulfides.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite
    Rock unit name Texas Creek
    Rock description Texas Creek
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Mafic Intrusive Rock > Diorite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -130.06869, 56.02477

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rocks in the area of this prospect are the Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite, which underlies and locally intrudes pelitic metasedimentary and subordinate andesitic metavolcanic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton Group; the Eocene Boundary Granodiorite, which intrudes the Texas Creek and Hazelton rocks; and still-younger Tertiary lamprophyre dikes, which cut all the other rocks (Smith 1973, 1977; Koch, 1996).? There appear to be two main types of deposits (Buddington, 1925, p. 74; 1929. p. 83-84). (1) A quartz fissure vein up to 8 feet thick in the footwall of a 10-15-foot thick sheeted shear zone in granodiorite. The vein contains considerable galena and smaller amounts of pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and tetrahedrite, and was explored by a 45-foot adit and a short crosscut. (2) Fissured and brecciated zones comprising sulfide-bearing quartz veinlets and sulfide-impregnated granodiorite. Pyrite is the principal sulfide in these zones, accompanied by a little galena and sphalerite.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Hyder

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Property was developed in 1920's by a 45-foot adit and a short crosscut.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010229
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BC069

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Buddington, A.F., 1925, Mineral investigations in southeastern Alasaka: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 773, p. 71-139.

  • Deposit

    Buddington, A.F., 1929, Geology of Hyder and vicinity, southeastern Alaska, with a reconnaissance of Chickamin River: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 807, 124 p.

  • Deposit

    Smith, J.G., 1973, A Tertiary lamprophyre dike province in southeastern Alaska: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 10, p. 408-420.

  • Deposit

    Smith, J.G., 1977, Geology of the Ketchikan D-1 and Bradfield Canal A-1 quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1425, 49 p.

  • Deposit

    Elliott, R.L., and Koch, R.D., 1981, Mines, prospects, and selected metalliferous mineral occurrences in the Bradfield Canal quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-728-B, 23 p., 1 sheet, scales 1:250,000 and 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Koch, R.D., 1996, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Bradfield Canal quadrangle, southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-728-A, 35 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Buddington, 1929

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic veins
Deposit Other Comments = Property was probably originally staked in early 1920's. Taken over by Brigadier Mining Company sometime before 1929 (Buddington, 1929, p. 83).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 17-MAY-1998 H. C. Berg U.S. Geological Survey