Smith Creek Placer

Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001231
MRDS ID A011947
Record type Site
Current site name Smith Creek Placer

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -150.23834, 67.47108 (WGS84)
Relative position TRIBUTARY TO NOLAN CREEK; HEADS AGAINST UNION GULCH
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • LOCATION GIVEN IS MOUTH OF SMITH GULCH LAND STATUS VALUE CALCULATED 6-94 USING GIS OVERLAY ANALYSIS WITH BLM 1:2,500,000 SCALE OWNERSHIP STATUS MAP (1991).

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Analytical data

Result AVG. FINENESS: 95

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel

Nearby scientific data

(1) -150.23834, 67.47108

Comments on the geologic information

  • COARSE, SUBANGULAR, FROZEN GRAVEL WITH SOME BOULDERS; GOLD HAD VERYHIGH ASSAY VALUE. ; MAJOR.UNITS: BEDROCK: MICACEOUS SCHIST

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1903
Year of first production 1903
Year of last production 1960

Mining district

District name Koyukuk

Land status

Ownership category BLM Administrative Area

Comments on the workings information

  • DEEP CHANNEL CONSIDERED MINED OUT IN 1938

Comments on development

  • STEADY PRODUCER 1903-1910; INTERMITTENT PRODUCTION UNTIL 1960; CLAIMS UNPATENTED

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A011947

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL 532, P. 69, 92-94

  • Deposit

    REED, IRVING MCK., 1938, UPPER KOYUKUK REGION, AK: UNPUB. TDM REPORT, P. 72-75

  • Deposit

    USBM IC 8626, P. 8

  • Deposit

    ADGGS OFR 158, NO. 34

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit A MAJOR AU-PRODUCING TRIBUTARY TO NOLAN CREEK; GRADE: 5-7.5% ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT
Deposit STREAM GRAVELS 6 TO 20 FT THICK; DEEP CHANNEL (135 FT AT MOUTH) AND REMNANTS OF HIGH CHANNELS ALSO MINED

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-MAR-1986 Leonard, Kenneth R. (Elliott, R. L.) U.S. Geological Survey