Homestake Creek

Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003082
MRDS ID A015611
Record type Site
Current site name Homestake Creek
Related records 10184566

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -160.41357, 67.35947 (WGS84)
Relative position The Homestake Creek mine is about 0.5 miles above the mouth of a north-flowing tributary to Timber Creek. It is in section 27, T. 23 N., R. 8 W., of the Kateel River Meridian. Cobb (1972, MF-386), location 7 and Schmidt and Allegro (1988), location 272.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
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) -160.41357, 67.35947

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Homestake Creek mine is a small, alluvial placer gold deposit that rests on bedrock of Paleozoic schist (Schmidt and Allegro, 1988).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Active?

Mining district

District name Kiana

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Production total is estimated to be 50 ounces prior to 1981 (Schmidt and Allegro, 1988).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Bedrock at the Homestake Creek mine site is Paleozoic schist. Prior to 1981, one man placer mined coarse gold for 12 summers about 1/2 mile above the mouth of the creek. There was renewed activity in 1983 (Schmidt and Allegro, 1988).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015611
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BM009

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Reed, I.M., 1932, Report of the placer deposits of the Squirrel River gold field: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines, Miscellaneous Report 27-1, 15 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Baird Mountains quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-386, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1973, Placer deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1374, 213 p.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1975, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in northern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 75-628, 106 p.

  • Deposit

    Schmidt, J.M., and Allegro, G.L., 1988, Map showing mineral occurrences and indicators in the Baird Mountains quadrangle, northwestern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1992, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., Mayfield, C.F., and Brosge, W.P., 1981, Summaries of data on and lists of references to metallic and selected nonmetallic mineral occurrences in eleven quadrangles in northern Alaska (Arctic, Baird Mountains, Chandler Lake, DeLong Mountains, Demarcation Point, Howard Pass, Misheguk Mountain, Mount Michelson, Noatak, Point Lay, and Table Mountain); Supplement to Open-File Report 75-628; Part A, Summaries of data to January 1, 1981: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 81-767-A, 25 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Reed, 1932; Schmidt and Allegro, 1988

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au-PGE (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Deposit Other Comments = Stream gradient is approximately 150 feet per mile for lower mile of creek.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 29-DEC-99 Williams, Anita U.S. Geological Survey