Fourth of July Creek

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002866
MRDS ID A015350
Record type Site
Current site name Fourth of July Creek
Alternate or previous names July Creek
Related records 10185697

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.54677, 64.03769 (WGS84)
Relative position The Fourth of July Creek mine is located in the NW1/4 sec. 21, T. 10 S., R. 5 W., Fairbanks Meridian. Placer mining took place in the lower one-quarter mile of the creek. Fourth of July Creek is a tributary of the Totatlanika River and enters it just above Murphy Canyon; the site is about 13 miles southeast of Rex Dome. The mine is locality 73 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410].
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Secondary
Lead Secondary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore
Jamesonite 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

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Metamorphic Rock > Schist

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.54677, 64.03769

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Fourth of July Creek (referred to as July Creek by Maddren, 1918) is a small stream that discharges into the Totatlanika River about one-half mile above the head of Murphy Canyon. The creek is incised in schist, and the lower half mile is narrow and bounded by steep walls 100 to 150 feet high (Maddren, 1918, p. 393). About one-quarter mile above the mouth of the creek, the schist is intruded by a dike that trends northeast across the gulch. The most profitable mining took place in stream gravels from below this dike to the mouth of the creek (Maddren, 1918, p. 394). Much of the gold mined from the creek was rough; some was attached to vein quartz . The largest nugget mined was worth about $25 (about 1.2 ounces) (Maddren, 1918, p. 394). Most of the mining took place in 1910 and 1911; total production owas$10,000 in gold (Maddren, 1918, p. 394).
  • Age = Quaternary placer.

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 Bonnifield

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Gold woth $10,000 was mined by pick and shovel in the summers of 1910 and 1911. The largest nugget mined was worth about $25 (about 1.2 ounces) (Maddren, 1918, p. 394).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Mining by pick and shovel took place in 1910 and 1911 along the lower one-quarter mile of Fourth of July Creek (Maddren, 1918, p. 393-394).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015350
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FB143

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Maddren, A.G., 1918, Gold placers near the Nenana coal field: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662, p. 363-402.

  • Deposit

    Overbeck, R.M., 1918, Lode deposits near the Nenana coal field: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662-F, p. 351-362.

  • Deposit

    Joesting, H.R., 1943, Strategic mineral occurrences in interior Alaska, supplement to pamphlet no. 1: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Pamphlet 2, 26 p.

  • 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.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Maddren, 1918

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 31-JUL-2001 J.R. Guidetti Schaefer Avalon Development Corporation
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 C.J. Freeman Avalon Development Corporation