Wesley Creek (formerly Hume Creek)

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002010
MRDS ID A012855
Record type Site
Current site name Wesley Creek (formerly Hume Creek)
Related records 10160380

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -166.25304, 64.90983 (WGS84)
Relative position This mine, formerly called Hume Creek (Collier and others, 1908), is about a mile above the mouth of Wesley Creek, an east tributary to Seattle Creek. It is about 1.5 miles southwest of the mouth of Seattle Creek on Tisuk River and is 1.5 miles west of the Nome-Teller road. Seattle Creek was shown as Wesley Creek on some older maps. The mine is locality 2 of Hummel (1975) and locality 56 of Cobb (1972 [MF463]; 1978 [OFR 78-93]). The mine is located within about 1,000 feet.
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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

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Gneiss
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Granite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -166.25304, 64.90983

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Placer gold deposits were worked on Wesley Creek (formerly Hume Creek) with rockers in 1901 and returned 2 to 3 dollars per man per day. Pay gravel was angular chlorite and graphitic schist, with gneiss and granite boulders, covered by about 6 feet of moss and muck (Collier and others, 1908). Bedrock in the area of Wesley Creek is primarily a mafic metavolcanic assemblage (Sainsbury, Smith, and Kachadoorian, 1972).
  • 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 Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Small scale placer gold mining by rocker took place on this creek in 1901.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A012855
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM004

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Collier, A. J., Hess, F.L., Smith, P.S., and Brooks, A.H., 1908, The gold placers of parts of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, including the Nome, Council, Kougarok, Port Clarence, and Goodhope precincts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 328, 343 p.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., Smith, T.E., and Kachadoorian, Reuben, 1972, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Nome D-3 quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 72-327, 14 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-463, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Hummel, C.L., 1975, Mineral deposits and occurrences, and associated altered rocks, in southwest Seward Peninsula, western Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 75-2, 1 sheet, scale 1:125,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1978, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Nome quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File report 78-93, 213 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Collier and others, 1908

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 22-OCT-99 Hawley, C.C. Hawley Resource Group
Reporter 22-OCT-99 Travis L. Hudson Hawley Resource Group