Central Creek

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001703
MRDS ID A012485
Record type Site
Current site name Central Creek
Related records 10281776

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -144.45168, 64.34165 (WGS84)
Relative position Central Creek drains west into the Goodpaster River, approximately 55 miles east-northeast of Delta Junction. The creek is approximately 20 miles long and has numerous small tributaries. The Alaska Division of Mining Kardex file system reports placer mining in the headwaters of Central Creek. The approximate center of the mining activity is in NE1/4NW1/4 section 6, T. 7 S., R. 17 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian. There are references to additional placer mining along Central Creek, but it is unclear where. Winter trails from the Goodpaster and South Fork of the Goodpaster River provide access to the entire creek drainage. It is locality 9 of Menzie and Foster (1979), who summarized relevant references under the name 'Central Creek'.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -144.45168, 64.34165

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The area is characterized by rounded hills and flat topped ridges (Thomas, 1970). According to Weber and others (1978), the area is composed of gneiss, quartzite, augen gneiss, and some amphibole schist. The headwaters of Central Creek are proximal to Tibbs Creek (BD040), which hosts numerous shear zones that are locally quartz veined and mineralized (Thomas, 1970). Glover (1920?) reported a range in gold fineness of 827.1 to 838.9 for Central Creek.? the Goodpaster region was first explored for placer gold in 1915. Thomas (1970) reports a stampede of prospectors to the Goodpaster area in 1915 that ended soon after due to low grade deposits. Smith (1930; B 810) reports some exploratory work on Central Creek in 1927. According to Joesting (1938), work utilizing a light drill and bulldozer on Central Creek found sufficient prospects to warrant hydraulic mining. Additional placer claims were filed in 1939 (Menzie and Foster, 1979). From 1974 to 1978, lode and placer claims were staked (Cobb and Eberlein, 1980). The Alaska Division of Mining Kardex file system records active claims on Central Creek as recent as 1984. Cobb (1973; B1374) reports insignificant placer gold production from the Goodpaster region. It is unclear how much, if any, gold was produced from Central Creek.
  • Age = Quaternary

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Goodpaster

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Cobb (1973; B 1374) reports insignificant placer gold production from the Goodpaster region. It is unclear how much, if any, gold was produced from Central Creek.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The Goodpaster region was first explored for placer gold in 1915. Thomas (1970) reports a stampede of prospectors to the Goodpaster area in 1915 that ended soon after due to low grade deposits. Smith (1930; B 810) reports some exploratory work on Central Creek in 1927. According to Joesting (1938), work utilizing a light drill and bulldozer on Central Creek found sufficient prospects to warrant hydraulic mining. Additional placer claims were filed in 1939 (Menzie and Foster, 1979). From 1974 to 1978, lode and placer claims were staked (Cobb and Eberlein, 1980). The Alaska Division of Mining Kardex file system records active claims on Central Creek as recent as 1984.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012485
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BD011

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1930, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1927: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 810-A, p. 1-64.

  • Deposit

    Joesting, H.R., 1938, Mining and prospecting in the Goodpaster region: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines , 2 p.

  • Deposit

    Thomas, B.I., 1970, Reconnaissance of the gold-bearing quartz veins in the Tibbs Creek area, Goodpaster River, Big Delta quadrangle, central Alaska: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 14-70, 12 p.

  • Deposit

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

  • Deposit

    Eberlein, G.D., Chapman, R.M., Foster, H.L., and Gassaway, J.S., 1977, Map and table describing known metalliferous and selected nonmetalliferous mineral deposits in central Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 77-168-D, 132 p., 1 map, scale 1:1,000,000.

  • Deposit

    Weber, F.R., Foster, H.L., Keith, T.E.C., Dusel-Bacon, C., 1978, Preliminary geologic map of the Big Delta quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-529A, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Foster, H.L., Albert, N.R.D., Griscom, Andrew, Hessin, T.D., Menzie, W.D., Turner, D.L, and Wilson, F.H., 1979, The Alaskan Mineral Resource Assessment Program: Background information to accompany folio of geologic and mineral resource maps of the Big Delta quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 783, 19 p.

  • Deposit

    Menzie, W.D., and Foster, H.L., 1979, Metalliferous and selected nonmetalliferous mineral resource potential in the Big Delta quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-529D, 61 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Eberlein, G.D., 1980, Summaries of data on and lists of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral deposits in the Big Delta and Tanacross quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 80-1086, 77 p.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1930, Mineral resources of Alaska, report on progress of investigations in 1928: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 810, 172 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Joesting, 1938

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 26-APR-1999 Cameron S. Rombach Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys