Hines and McLaughlin

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Platinum

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10001993
MRDS ID A012837
Record type Site
Current site name Hines and McLaughlin
Alternate or previous names Royal Group

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.3441, 64.58761 (WGS84)
Relative position The Hines and McLaughlin (Royal Group) claims are at an elevation of about 700 feet on the southwest flank of King Mountain. The location is approximately locality 5 of Cathcart (1922, p. 235, figure 18). The map location is in the SE1/4 section 30, T. 10 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian. The location is approximate, but probably accurate to within a quarter of a mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Platinum Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Jarosite Ore
Pyrite Ore
Quartz Gangue


  • (Local) Sulfidization of schist.

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Marble

Nearby scientific data

(1) -165.3441, 64.58761

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Hines and McLaughlin prospect was developed by six shafts ranging from 20 to 56 feet in depth (Cathcart, 1922, p. 236). The shafts were sunk in bedrock composed of alternating layers of marble and mineralized schist. None of the workings were open when Cathcart visited the area. He reported that the schist was mostly decomposed and stained yellow--possibly by jarosite that replaced pyrite. Little quartz was present. The material did not pan free gold, but the owners reported assays of 3 to 24 dollars in gold; they also reported the presence of platinum, which Cathcart doubted.
  • Age = Probably about mid-Cretaceous, the age of other lode gold deposits in the Nome district.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Five claims on King Mountain above Dexter were explored by shallow shafts that were caved at the time of Cathcart's visit (Cathcart, 1922). The claims, including the Royal Group on King Mountain, were reported by Mertie (1918), but he did not visit them in 1916. Gold was reported by assay, but decomposed schist did not pan free gold. The validity of the prospect is doubtful.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012837
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM244

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Cathcart, S.H., 1922, Metalliferous lodes in southern Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 722, p. 163-261.

  • Deposit

    Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1918, Placer mining on Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662, p. 451-458.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Cathcart, 1922

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Low-sulfide replacement lode is schist and marble.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Hawley, C.C. Hawley Resource Group
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Travis L. Hudson Hawley Resource Group