Governor

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002962
MRDS ID A015459
Record type Site
Current site name Governor

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.29684, 65.07357 (WGS84)
Relative position Cobb (1972, MF-413), loc. 49; SW1/4NW1/4 sec. 23, T. 3 N., R. 2 S., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The Governor prospect is on the ridge between Too Much Gold Creek and Moose Creeks, at an elevation of 1,850 feet, approximately 1/2 mile north of the junction of Too Much Gold Creek and Fairbanks Creek. Accuracy is within 1,000 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.29684, 65.07357

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Governor prospect was originally staked by Aaron and Matt Cook as the Governor and Mayor claims on August 15, 1910 (Times Publishing Company, 1912). Three and one-half tons of ore from the Governor mine were custom milled in December 1910 and averaged $73 gold per ton (3.5 ounces of gold per ton) (Times Publishing Company, 1912). By 1911, a 30-foot-deep shaft had been sunk on a one-foot-wide shear zone (Brooks, 1912). By 1912, the shaft had been deepened to 70 feet and 40 feet of drift had been driven from the bottom of the shaft (Times Publishing Company, 1912). The workings were driven on a vertically-dipping, N 80 W striking, shear zone which varied from 8 to 30 inches wide (Smith, 1913; B 525; Times Publishing Company, 1912). Some of the ore was derived from a fine grained granitic rock which carried $10 to $15 gold per ton (0.48 to 0.72 ounces of gold per ton). This rock contains iron stained vugs where sulfide minerals have been oxidized. The granitic rock is highly sheared and slickensided. In 1912, the possible extension of the Governor shear was being prospected approximately 900 feet east of the Governor shaft (Smith, 1913; B 525). ? In 1969, International Minerals and Chemicals Company conducted soil sampling and excavated an 805 foot trench across the Governor shear zone to follow-up soil geochemical anomalies (Pilkington, 1970). This trench was oriented north-south and although shear zones exposed in the trench coincided with soil geochemistry anomalies, no significant gold was found samples.

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 = Three and one-half tons of ore from the Governor prospect were custom milled in December 1910 and averaged $73 per ton in gold (3.5 ounces of gold per ton, Times Publishing Company, 1912).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = By 1911, a 30 foot deep shaft had been sunk on a one foot wide shear zone (Brooks, 1912). By 1912 the shaft had been deepened to 70 feet and 40 feet of drift had been driven from the bottom of the shaft (Times Publishing Company, 1912). The workings were driven on a vertically-dipping, N 80 W striking, shear zone which varies from 8 to 30 inches wide (Smith, 1913; B 525; Times Publishing Company, 1912). In 1912, the possible extension of the Governor shear was being prospected approximately 900 feet east of the Governor shaft (Smith, 1913; B 525). ? In 1969, International Minerals and Chemicals Company conducted soil sampling and excavated an 805 foot north-south trench across the Governor shear zone to follow-up soil geochemical anomalies (Pilkington, 1970).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015459
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF LG172

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., 1912, The Alaska mining industry in 1911, in Brooks, A.H., and others, Mineral resources of Alaska, 1911: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 520, p. 17-44.

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    Times Publishing Company, 1912, Tanana Magazine, Quartz Edition: Fairbanks, Alaska 76 p.

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    Smith, P.S., 1913, Lode mining near Fairbanks, in Prindle, L.M., A geologic reconnaissance of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 525, p. 153-216.

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    Smith, P.S., 1913, Lode mining near Fairbanks: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 542-F, p. 137-202.

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    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.

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    Pilkington, H.D., 1970, Keystone Mines Inc. exploration program summary: International Minerals & Chemicals Corporation, 61 p. , 1 plate.

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    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Circle quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-633, 72 p.

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    Freeman, C.J., 1992, 1991 Golden Summit project final report, volume 2: Historical summary of lode mines and prospects in the Golden Summit project area, Alaska: Avalon Development Corp., 159 p. (Report held by Freegold Recovery Inc. USA, Vancouver, British Columbia.)

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Livengood quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-413, 2 sheets, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Livengood quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-819, 241 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Times Publishing Company, 1912

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Gold-quartz vein.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 04-MAY-1999 C.J. Freeman Avalon Development Corporation
Reporter 04-MAY-1999 J.R. Guidetti Schaefer Avalon Development Corporation