Ester Creek

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002574
MRDS ID A015009
Record type Site
Current site name Ester Creek
Related records 10281805

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -156.60907, 63.02944 (WGS84)
Relative position Ester Creek is a short, west-flowing tributary to Dollar Creek, which is a headwater tributary to Beaver Creek. The coordinates are for the mine symbol marked on the U.S. Geological Survey Ophir A-2 topographic map (1954, minor revisions 1965). The symbol is near the midpoint of Ester Creek, in the SE1/4 sec. 29, T. 28 S., R. 12 E., Kateel River Meridian. Ester Creek is locality 11 of Cobb (1972 [MF 367]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Secondary

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) -156.60907, 63.02944

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The drainage area of Ester Creek is underlain by undivided Cretaceous clastic rocks. The headwaters also drain several small, Cretaceous or Tertiary dikes and subvolcanic plutons (Chapman and others, 1985).? the gold in Ester Creek is 841 fine according to Metz and Hawkins (1981). Mertie (1936) reports a fineness of 836 gold and 156 parts silver. Gold was being mined in 1926, and it was probably mined earlier (Holzheimer, 1926 [MR 64-1)]. Mertie (1936) reports mining in 1933, and Bundtzen and others (1987) indicate mining sometime during the 1980's.? Production from Ester Creek between the early 1900's to 1964 was 1,110 ounces of gold and 210 ounces of silver. Production figures for Ester Creek from 1980 to 1986 are unavailable (Bundtzen and others, 1987).? Also see OP028.
  • Age = Quaternary. The source of the placer gold is probably Cretaceous or Tertiary intrusive rocks (Bundtzen and others, 1987).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Mining district

District name Innoko

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Production from Ester Creek from the early 1900's to 1964 was 1,110 ounces of gold and 210 ounces of silver. Production figures for Ester Creek from 1980 to 1986 are unavailable (Bundtzen and others, 1987).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Gold was being mined in Ester Creek in 1926, and it was probably mined earlier (Holzheimer, 1926 [MR 64-1]). Mertie (1936) reports mining in 1933, and Bundtzen and others (1987) indicate mining sometime during the 1980's.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015009
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF OP029

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Holzheimer, F.W., 1926, Placer operations, Innoko district: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 64-1, 16 p.

  • Deposit

    Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1936, Mineral deposits of the Ruby-Kuskokwim region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 864-C, 115-245.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Ophir quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-367, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction material) in the Iditarod and Ophir quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-576, 101 p.

  • Deposit

    Metz, P.A., and Hawkins, D.B., 1981, A summary of gold fineness values from Alaska placer deposits: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Report No. 45, 63 p.

  • Deposit

    Chapman, R.M., Patton, W.W., and Moll, E.J., 1985, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Ophir quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 85-203, 1 sheet, 1:250,000 scale.

  • Deposit

    Bundtzen, T.K., Green, C.B., Deagen, J., and Daniels, C.L., 1987, Alaska's mineral industry, 1986: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Special Report 40, 68 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Bundtzen and others, 1987

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 07-AUG-01 Cameron, C.E. Northern Associates Inc.