Dictator Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001765
MRDS ID A012553
Record type Site
Current site name Dictator Creek
Related records 10208916

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.19326, 67.34973 (WGS84)
Relative position Dictator Creek is a western tributary of Middle Fork Chandalar River, 13 to 14 miles southeast of Chandalar. The reference point is on the lower portion of the creek approximately 1 mile upstream from the mouth (sec. 10, T. 29 N., R. 3 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian). The actual location of mining along the 5-mile length of this creek is unknown. Two claims staked in 1976 are near the reference point. The location is accurate within a 1-mile radius.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


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) -148.19326, 67.34973

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Placer mining was reported to have occurred in 1928 and 1933 and prospecting in 1930, but no other information is available (Cobb, 1976, OFR 76-340). The area is mapped as quartz-muscovite schist; a few small outcrop areas of intercalated greenschist are in the hills above the creek (Brosgi and Reiser, 1964).
  • 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 Chandalar

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Heiner and Wolff (1968) reported placer production from 1928 to 1930.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Reed (1930) reported a 190-foot shaft that was flooded without reaching bedrock.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012553
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF CH013

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Reed, I.M., 1930, Report on the Little Squaw area of the Chandalar mining district: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 31-4, 18 p.

  • Deposit

    Reed, I.M., 1930, The future of the placer mining industry in Seward Peninsula and the interior of Alaska: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 195-13, 16 p.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1930, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1928: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 813, p. 1-72.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1933, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1930: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 836-A, p. 1-83.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1934, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1933: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 864-A, p. 1-94.

  • Deposit

    Heiner, L.E., and Wolff, E.N., eds., 1968, Mineral resources of northern Alaska, Final report, submitted to the NORTH Commission: Mineral Industry Research Laboratory, University of Alaska, Report 16, 306 p.

  • Deposit

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

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Chandalar and Wiseman quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-340, 205 p.

  • Deposit

    DeYoung, J.H., Jr., 1978, Mineral resources map of the Chandalar quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-878-B, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., and Cruz, E.L., 1983, Summaries of data and lists of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral deposits in the Chandalar quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 83-278, 91 p.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1930, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1928: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 813-A, p. 1-72.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Heiner and Wolff, 1968

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Deposit Other Comments = Probably only very minor production.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 17-NOV-1999 J.M. Britton U.S. Geological Survey