Victor Gulch

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002577
MRDS ID A015013
Record type Site
Current site name Victor Gulch
Alternate or previous names Victor Creek
Related records 10208661

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -156.49436, 63.12277 (WGS84)
Relative position Victor Gulch is a short, northeast-flowing tributary to the Innoko River. The junction of Victor Gulch and the Innoko River is about 1.8 miles southeast of Ophir. The coordinates are for the approximate midpoint of mining activity in Victor Gulch, in the NW 1/4 sec. 25, T. 27 S., R. 12 E., Kateel River Meridian. Victor Gulch is locality 16 of Cobb (1972 [MF 367]). The location is accurate within 1000 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Secondary
Mercury Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore
Gold Ore
Pyrite Ore


  • (Local) Dacitic to andesitic dikes are highly altered and some of the fractured material is pyritized (Mertie, 1936; B 864-C).

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 Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Felsic Volcanic Rock > Dacite
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metasedimentary Rock > Slate

Nearby scientific data

(1) -156.49436, 63.12277

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The country rock in the vicinity of the Victor Gulch placer mine is mainly slate with vertical cleavage. The slate is cut by numerous fine-grained, fractured, and highly altered dacitic and andesitic dikes. Some of the fractured material is pyritized (Mertie, 1936).? the thickness of overburden ranges from 25 to 40 feet; the gold is on, or in crevices in, bedrock. Many gold nuggets are present and some quartz in the gravel contains free gold (Mertie, 1936). The gold is 881 fine (Smith, 1941). Cinnabar occurs in the concentrates (Mertie, 1936).? Placer mining on Victor Gulch was nearly continuous from 1920 until 1937, and has been intermittent since that time (Cobb, 1976 [OFR 76-576]; Roehm, 1937). Production from Victor Gulch from 1920 to 1958 was 2,690 ounces of gold and 332 ounces of silver (Bundtzen and others, 1987).? Also see OP019, OP025-027, and OP030.

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 = The production from Victor Gulch from 1920 to 1958 was 2,690 ounces of gold and 332 ounces of silver (Bundtzen and others, 1987).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Placer mining on Victor Gulch was nearly continuous from 1920 until 1937, and has been intermittent since that time (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-576; Roehm, 1937). In 1950, Fowler reported a 2-nozzle bulldozer and hydraulic operation on Victor Gulch.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015013
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF OP017

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., 1922, The Alaska mining industry in 1920: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 722-A, p. 1-74.

  • 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., 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 material) in the Iditarod and Ophir quadrangles, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-576, 101 p.

  • 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.

  • Deposit

    Roehm, J.C., 1937, Summary report of mining investigations in the Innoko, Mt. McKinley, Knik, and Talkeetna precincts: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Itinerary Report 195-17, 16 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Mertie, 1936 (B 864-C)

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)
Deposit Other Comments = See also Spruce Creek (OP026), Little Creek (OP019), Tamarack Creek (OP027), Ophir Creek (OP030), and Anvil Creek (OP025).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 07-AUG-01 Cameron, C.E. Northern Associates Inc.