Canyon Creek Placer

Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002722
MRDS ID A015170
Record type Site
Current site name Canyon Creek Placer
Related records 10233816

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -141.14988, 64.16366 (WGS84)
Relative position ABOUT 25 MILES ENE OF CHICKEN.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Metavolcanic Rock > Mafic Metamorphic Rock > Greenstone
  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Plutonic Rock > Granitoid > Granite

Nearby scientific data

(1) -141.14988, 64.16366

Comments on the geologic information

  • CREEK DEEPLY INCISED NEAR HEAD AND VALLEY 1/2 MILE WIDE NEAR MOUTH. ; MAJOR.UNITS: BEDROCK IS SCHIST, SLATE, AND LIMESTONE INTRUDED BY GRANITE AND GREENSTONE.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Year of first production 1899

Mining district

District name Fortymile

Land status

Ownership category State

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Barbara Maxwell, (Dozer, Hydraulic)
    Home office Box 482 Anchorage, Ak. 99503
    First year 1975

Comments on development

  • GOLD PRODUCED IN COMMERCIAL QUANTITIES AS EARLY AS 1899. MINING REPORTED FROM 3 MILES DOWNSTREAM FROM SQUAW GULCH CONFLUENCE TO HEAD. MINED BY SCRAPER IN 1910, 2 FEET OF BEDROCK TAKEN UP 3 MILES BELOW SQUAW GULCH. DREDGE OPERATED 1938 TO 1940 WITH SUCCESS 1 TO 4 MILES ABOVE SQUAW GULCH. SMALL SCALE MINING REPORTED NEAR HEAD IN 1912. MINED IN 1975 WITH BULLDOZER AND BY HYDRAULIC METHODS.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015170

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS MF-393 (A-1), LOC. 71, 72, 74.

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL. 480, P. 169.

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL. 897-C, P. 187.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit GOLD IN GRAVEL AND IN AND ON BEDROCK. AT LEAST ONE BRECCIATED MASS OF VEIN QUARTZ AND CALCITE CONTAINS VISIBLE GOLD. AURIFEROUS GRAVEL ON A HIGH BENCH WEST OF CREEK.
Deposit STREAM GRADIENT ABOUT 100 FEET PER MILE. LOCATION DISCRIPTION REPRESENTS ALL PLACERS ALONG CANYON CREEK FROM HEAD TO MOUTH, INCLUDING HEADWATER FORK WOODS CREEK. ; INFO.SRC : 1 PUB LIT; 2 UNPUB REPT
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-APR-1987 Powers, M.T. (Huber, D.F.) U.S. Geological Survey