Wandering Jew

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002802
MRDS ID A015271
Record type Site
Current site name Wandering Jew

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.00406, 64.87272 (WGS84)
Relative position The Wandering Jew mine is located in the SE1/4 NW1/4 sec. 32, T. 1 N., R. 2 W., Fairbanks Meridian. This mine is in upper Saint Patrick Creek at an elevation of about 1,400 feet; it is approximately 0.5 mile west of the Mohawk mine (FB061) and about 1.7 miles east-southeast of the top of Ester Dome. The mine is included in locality 14 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore


  • (Local) Patches of vein quartz are stained with iron and arsenic oxides.

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.00406, 64.87272

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Wandering Jew mine lies within a unit of the Fairbanks Schist that consists of quartz-muscovite schist, quartzite, and chlorite-quartz schist (Newberry and others, 1996). Gold ore was mined from a 4- to 18-inch- wide, sulfide-bearing, white quartz vein (Hill, 1933, p. 147). This vein strikes north and dips 75-80 E. The vein is not as crushed as others in the area, but it does contain iron- and arsenic-oxide staining. A vertical shaft 50 feet deep was still accessible when visited by Hill in 1931 (Hill, 1933, p. 147). In 1930-31, 75 tons of ore, worth $21 in gold per ton (about 0.97 ounce of gold per ton), and 45 tons of ore, worth $10 in gold per ton (about 0.48 ounce of gold per ton), was recovered above a depth of 50 feet in a stope about 50 feet long. A sample taken at the 30-foot level of the workings assayed $25.35 in gold per ton (1.23 ounces of gold per ton). Glover (1950) reported the gold was 762 fine.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Fairbanks

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = In 1930 and 1931, 75 tons of ore, worth $21 in gold per ton (0.97 ounce of gold per ton), and 45 tons of ore, worth $10 in gold per ton (0.48 ounce of gold per ton), was mined from the Wandering Jew mine (Hill, 1933, p. 147). No other production records are available.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = A vertical shaft 50 feet deep was still accessible when visited by Hill in 1931 (Hill, 1933, p. 147). At the 30-foot level, a drift was driven south for 50 feet to a fault that strikes east and dips 37 N. In the north drift on the 30-foot level, a fault that strikes N. 30 W. and dips 35-40 NE cuts off the vein about 25 feet north of the shaft. All the ore up to the fault had been mined out. The vein was also explored on the surface by pits for about 400 feet south of the shaft (Hill, 1933, p. 147).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015271
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FB042

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Hill, J.M., 1933, Lode deposits of the Fairbanks District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 849-B, p. 29-163.

  • Deposit

    Glover, A.E., 1950, Placer gold fineness: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 195-1, 38 p.

  • Deposit

    Chapman, R.M., and Foster, R.L., 1969, Lode mines and prospects in the Fairbanks district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 625-D, 25 p., 1 plate.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-410, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-662, 174 p.

  • Deposit

    Newberry, R.J., Bundtzen, T.K., Clautice, K.C., Combellick, R.A., Douglas, T., Laird, G.M., Liss, S.A., Pinney, D.S., Reifenstuhl, R.R., and Solie, D.N., 1996, Preliminary geologic map of the Fairbanks mining district, Alaska: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Public Data File 96-16, 17 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Hill, 1933

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Schist-hosted gold-quartz vein

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 J.R. Guidetti Schaefer Avalon Development Corporation
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 C.J. Freeman Avalon Development Corporation