Ester Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Mercury

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10002986
MRDS ID A015490
Record type Site
Current site name Ester Creek
Related records 10233231

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.46693, 65.49661 (WGS84)
Relative position Cobb (1972, MF-413), loc. 73; NW1/4NW1/4 sec. 30, T. 8 N., R. 4 W., of the Fairbanks Meridian. The Ester Creek mine is along Ester Creek about one half mile north of the Elliot Highway, about three miles southeast of Livengood, at an elevation of about 1,000 feet. Accuracy is within 1,500 feet.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Mercury Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Cinnabar Ore
Gold 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

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.46693, 65.49661

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Gold is found on bedrock and/or at the base of the gravel. Bedrock was 20 feet deep where it was being mined in 1916, and 90 feet deep further downstream. Concentrates contain gold, magnetite, ilmenite, picotite, cinnabar, limonite and zircon (Mertie, 1918, p. 271-272). Mining occurred in 1915 and 1916, and from 1928 to 1934 (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633, p. 60).

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 Tolovana

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Mining occurred in 1915 and 1916, and from 1928 to 1934, but the amount of production was not reported (Cobb, 1976; OFR 76-633, p. 60).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Workings included at least 2 shafts, one 20 feet deep and one 90 feet deep (Mertie, 1918).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015490
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF LG024

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Brooks, A.H., 1916, Antimony deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 649, 67 p.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1930, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1928: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 813, p. 1-72.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1932, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1929, in Smith, P.S., and others Mineral resources of Alaska, report on progress of investigations in 1929: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 824-A, p. 1-81.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1933, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1931: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 844-A, p. 1-81.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1934, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1933: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 864-A, p. 1-94.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1936, Mineral industry in Alaska in 1934: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 868-A, p. 1-91.

  • Deposit

    Malone, Kevin, 1965, Mercury in Alaska, in Mercury potential of the United States: U.S. Bureau of Mines Information Circular 8252, p. 31-59.

  • Deposit

    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.

  • 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.

  • Deposit

    Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1918, Lode mining in the Fairbanks district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662-H, p. 403-424.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1930, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1928: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 813-A, p. 1-72.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Mertie, 1918

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer gold deposit (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).

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