Indian River Placer

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

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003065
MRDS ID A015590
Record type Site
Current site name Indian River Placer

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -153.81436, 66.07735 (WGS84)
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Comments on the location information

  • USGS MF-458, LOC. 10. PLACER MINE AND TAILINGS MARKED ON HUGHES (A-2). 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
Silver Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Sand and Gravel

Nearby scientific data

(1) -153.81436, 66.07735

Comments on the geologic information

  • PLACER AREA UNDERLAIN BY PLUTONIC ROCKS. ; MAJOR.UNITS: BEDROCK THROUGHOUT THE AREA OF PROFITABLE PLACER GROUND IS GRANITE.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No
Discovery year 1909
Year of first production 1911
Year of last production 1965

Comments on the workings information

  • AT ONE PLACE THE PAY STREAK WAS UNDER THE EAST BANK OF THE STREAM FOR A SHORT DISTANCE, BUT THE DEPOSIT IS ON A LEVEL WITH THE STREAM AND DOES NOT INDICATE A TRUE BENCH DEPOSIT.

Comments on development

  • GOLD DISCOVERED BY NATIVE IN 1909. J.C. FELIX STRUCK PAY DIRT IN THE SUMMER OF 1910. FIRST MINING IN DISTRICT IN SUMMER, 1911. PLACER MINING FROM 1911 TO AS RECENTLY AS 1965. LARGE-SCALE MINING CEASED IN 1961.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015590

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    USGS MF-458 (A-2), LOC. 10

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL. 592, P. 383-384.

  • Deposit

    USGS BULL. 631, P. 82-84.

  • Deposit

    USGS OF 75-267, P. 10.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit GOLD BEARING DEPOSITS ARE ALMOST ENTIRELY IN THE IMMEDIATE BED OF THE STREAM. THE AURIFEROUS GRAVELS ARE 2-6 FEET DEEP AND HAVE AN AVERAGE WIDTH OF ABOUT 50 FEET.
Deposit STREAM GRADIENT APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET PER MILE. THE BOULDERS THAT MAKE UP MOST OF THE DEPOSITS ARE A HINDERANCE TO ECONOMIC MINING. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN MINING ALONG SNYDER CR., ON UNMARKED HEADWATER TRIBUTARY. ; 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-JUL-1987 Powers, M.T. (Huber, D.F.) U.S. Geological Survey