Bear Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10003084
MRDS ID A015613
Record type Site
Current site name Bear Creek
Related records 10112208

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -160.28354, 67.15947 (WGS84)
Relative position The site is a placer mine 0.5 miles below the headwater forks of Bear Creek. Cobb (1972, MF-386), location 9 and Schmidt and Allegro (1988), location 284. This placer ground is in sections 6 and 7, T. 20 N., R. 7 W., of the Kateel River Meridian.
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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) -160.28354, 67.15947

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This site is a gold placer mine about0.5 mile below the headwater forks of Bear Creek. Bedrock in area is early to mid-Paleozoic marble and schist. Prospect was mined intermittently for several years prior to 1930. Mining was done in the portion of the stream underlain by schist (Reed, 1932).
  • Age = Quaternary.

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 Kiana

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Production through 1930 reported as 95 ounces (Cobb and others, 1981).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Central and Bear valleys were optioned as prospective placer ground in the early 1930's. Preliminary examinations were begun to determine the feasibility of installing hydraulic equipment or a dredge. A line for a ditch about 3 miles long was laid out and surveyed. Prospecting continued through the winter of 1934-35 (Smith, 1936).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015613
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF BM004

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

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

  • 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., 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

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Deposit Other Comments = Stream gradient approximately 150 feet per mile in mining area.

Reporter information

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