Wilson Creek Gold Placer

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, PGE

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002477
MRDS ID A013410
Record type Site
Current site name Wilson Creek Gold Placer

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -161.89294, 61.87541 (WGS84)
Elevation 53
Relative position 19.6 MI. NW OF RUSSIAN MISSION, 3.5 MI. NW OF VABM WILLOW
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • USGS MF-444, LOC. 8. PLACER EXTENDS UPSTREAM FROM LOCATION TO MOUTH OF ELEPHANT CREEK, AND IS CONTINUOUS WITH PLACERS IN DISAPPOINTMENT AND ELEPHANT CREEKS. 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
PGE Secondary

Comments on the commodity information

  • A FEW GRAINS OF PLATINUM FOUND IN CONCENTRATES

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Gangue
Magnetite Gangue
Platinum Gangue

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Slate
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Holocene
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Clastic Sedimentary Rock > Conglomerate
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Sedimentary Rock > Chemical Sediment > Chert

Nearby scientific data

(1) -161.89294, 61.87541

Comments on the geologic information

  • AREA APPARENTLY NOT GLACIATED. ; MAJOR.UNITS: BEDROCK IS MESOZOIC-PALEOZOIC SLATE AND CONGLOMERATE OF GEMUCK GROUP, WITH TERTIARY GRANITIC PLUTONS NEARBY. ; REG.COM: SOURCE OF PLACER GOLD IS PROBABLY GRANITIC PLUTONS AT HEADS OF TRIBUTARY STREAMS. PLATINUM PROBABLY DERIVED FROM GREENSTONE.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1913
Discoverer E.L. Mack And Joe Mills
Year of first production 1914
Year of last production 1938

Comments on the workings information

  • NATURE OF WORKINGS NOT DEFINED

Comments on development

  • DISCOVERED IN 1913, MINING 1914-16, INTERMITTENTLY TO 1938. MOST MINING DONE AT MOUTH OF DISAPPOINTMENT CREEK, LITTLE DONE ON WILSON CREEK ITSELF. DEEP GRAVELS NOT MINED ON WILSON CREEK.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A013410

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS MF-444, LOC. 8 (1972)

  • Deposit

    USGS OF 77-156, P. 83 (1977)

  • Deposit

    USGS B 683, P. 56-57, 59-60 (1918)

  • Deposit

    USGS I-292 (1959)

  • Other Database

    BAG-MF-444-8

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit GOLD IRREGULARLY DISTRIBUTED IN LOWER STRATUM OF GRAVELS. GRAVEL DEPOSITS DEEPER THAN THOSE ON DISAPPOINTMENT CREEK, BUT NOT MINED. GRAVEL COMPOSED OF SMALL, WELL ROUNDED PEBBLES TO 8 IN. DIAMETER COBBLES.
Deposit STREAM GRADIENT ABOUT 60 FT/MI. APPARENTLY, MOST MINING OCCURRED ON DISAPPOINTMENT CREEK, AS DEEP GRAVELS OF WILSON CREEK WERE NOT MINED. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT
Deposit THIS SITE NAME WAS CREATED BY THE REPORTER OR OTHER USGS EMPLOYEE BASED ON PROXIMITY TO SOME MAJOR GEOGRAPHIC FEATURE.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-JUL-1987 Niles, L.P. (Huber, D.F.) U.S. Geological Survey