American Creek Placer

Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Chromium

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002742
MRDS ID A015193
Record type Site
Current site name American Creek Placer

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -151.18031, 65.34961 (WGS84)
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • USGS MF-371, LOC. 20. PLACER GROUND FROM ABOUT 1 MILE BELOW HEAD DOWNSTREAM FOR ABOUT 2.5 MI.. TAILINGS MARKED ON TANANA (A-3). COORDINATES GIVEN FOR CONFLUENCE WITH COLORADO CREEK, ADJACENT TO LANDING AREA. 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
Chromium Tertiary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chromite Ore
Barite Gangue
Hematite Gangue
Ilmenite Gangue
Magnetite Gangue
Pyrite Gangue
Gold Unknown

Analytical data

Result GRADE: 5.3 GLM3 AU

Nearby scientific data

(1) -151.18031, 65.34961

Ore body information

  • Length 8046.5M

Comments on the geologic information

  • STREAM ROUGHLY PARALLEL TO REGIONAL STRIKE; VALLEY ASYMMETRICAL WITH SOUTH WALL MUCH STEEPER THAN NORTH WALL. ; REG.COM: GOLD MAY HAVE BEEN DERIVED FROM QUARTZ-CARBONATE VEINS ASSOCIATED WITH AN EAST-TRENDING SHEAR ZONE, AGAINST WHICH THE PAY STREAK APPEARS TO TERMINATE.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1911
Year of first production 1911

Mining district

District name Hot Springs

Ownership information

  • Type Operator
    Owner Louis Holovics (Bulldozer)
    Home office Manly Hot Springs, Ak. 99756
    First year 1975
  • Type Owner
    Owner American Creek Dredging Co., American Creek Mining Co.

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface/Underground
    Area 41HA

Comments on the workings information

  • ALLUVIUM FROZEN AND MUST BE THAWED BEFORE DREDGING.

Comments on development

  • GOLD DISCOVERED IN 1911 AND MINED UNTIL AT LEAST 1975. CREEK MINED BY SHOVELING IN DRIFTING AND BY SCRAPER PLANT. MINED BY DREDGE INTERMITTANTLY FROM 1917-40. MINED IN 1975 BY BULLDOZER.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015193

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS MF-371 (A-3), LOC 20.

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL. 844-D, P. 213-14.

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL. 622, P. 245.

  • Deposit

    USGS OF 85-213, P. 21.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit GOLD IN LOWER 4 FT. OF GRAVEL AND IN CREVICES IN TOP 2-3 FT. OF BEDROCK. LOWER 4 FT. OF GRAVEL IS ABNORMALLY COARSE AND CARRIES GOLD THROUGHOUT. NEAR THE MOUTH OF COLORADO CR. GRAVEL IS 7-8 FT. THICK BENEATH 5-7 FT. OF MUCK.
Deposit STREAM GRADIENT 75-125 FT. PER MILE. ; 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-MAY-1987 Powers, M.T. (Huber, D.F.) U.S. Geological Survey