Anchor Point

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Platinum

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10000416
MRDS ID A010581
Record type Site
Current site name Anchor Point
Related records 10209537

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -151.86647, 59.76752 (WGS84)
Relative position Cobb (1972, MF-397) located this placer occurrence as begining at the south end of the spit at the mouth of Anchor River and running south along the beach for a mile and a half. This is Cobb's (1972, MF-397) location 2, and is accurate to within one quarter of a mile. There has apparently been no commercial mining at the site since before World War I.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Platinum Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Alteration

  • (Local) None.

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 119
USGS model code 39a
BC deposit profile C01. C02
Deposit model name Placer Au-PGE
Mark3 model number 54

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Till

Nearby scientific data

(1) -151.86647, 59.76752

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Gold has been found along the shoreline in a thin gravel layer about two feet below the surface. This area was mined intermittently from 1889 to 1911, mostly by rocker and small sluice boxes. One hydraulic plant was installed prior to 1906 (Moffit, 1906, p. 44) but it was a failure. The gold is probably derived from the Kenai Formation.
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Homer

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = A small amount of gold was probably produced from 1889 to 1911.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = This area was mined intermittently from 1889 to 1911, mostly by rocker and small sluice boxes. One hydraulic plant was installed prior to 1906 (Moffit, 1906, p. 44) but it was a failure. In support of the hydraulic plant a two mile long ditch and several support structures were built at the turn of the century.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010581
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF SV002

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Atwood, W.W., 1909, Mineral resources of southwest Alaska, in Brooks, A.H., and others, Mineral resources of Alaska in 1908: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 379, 411 p.

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., 1912, The Alaska mining industry in 1911, in Brooks, A.H., and others, Mineral resources of Alaska, 1911: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 520, p. 17-44.

  • Deposit

    Martin G.C., Johnson, B.L., and Grant, U.S., 1915, Geology and mineral resources of Kenai Peninsula, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 587, 243 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1973, Placer deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1374, 213 p.

  • Deposit

    Moffit, F.H., 1906, Gold fields of the Turnagain Arm region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 277, p. 7-52.

  • Deposit

    MacKevett, E.M., Jr., and Holloway, C.D., 1977, Map showing metalliferous and selected non-metalliferous mineral deposits in the eastern part of southern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-169-A, 99 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:1,000,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1979, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than minerals fuels and construction materials) in the Seldovia quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report 80-87, 47 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cobb, 1979 (OFR 80-87)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 04-FEB-99 Jeff A. Huber U.S. Geological Survey