Texas Discovery

Occurrence in Alaska, United States with commodities Silver, Gold, Copper, Lead

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000244
MRDS ID A010282
Record type Site
Current site name Texas Discovery

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -130.1987, 56.06366 (WGS84)
Relative position The Texas Discovery occurrence is in Section 13 at approximately 2000 feet elevation. It is just above the old wagon road that follows the West Fork of Texas Creek, and about 2.3 miles below the outlet of Texas Lake (Elliott and Koch, 1981, p. 14, loc. 48). The location probably is accurate within about a quarter of a mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Silver Primary
Gold Primary
Copper Primary
Lead Primary

Materials information

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

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) -130.1987, 56.06366

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rock in the area of this occurrence is Triassic Texas Creek Granodiorite, which regionally underlies and locally intrudes pelitic metasedimentary and subordinate andesitic metavolcanic strata of the Jurassic or older Mesozoic Hazelton Group (Smith, 1977, Koch, 1996).? the deposit (Buddington, 1925, p. 74; Elliott and Koch, 1981, loc. 48) consists mainly of a quartz fissure vein 1-14 inches thick in granodiorite. The vein contains galena, pyrite, pyrrhotite, and minor chalcopyrite. An assay of a picked sample of this vein reportedly showed 30% Pb, about 1.06 oz Au per ton, and a little silver. A nearby quartz stringer 4 inches thick contains galena and chalcopyrite (Buddington, 1929, p. 98).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Hyder

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = An early assay of a picked sample of the main vein reportedly showed 30% Pb, about 1.06 oz Au per ton, and a little silver.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010282
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BC048

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., 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 = Occurrence was originally staked in 1923.

Reporter information

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