Rex Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Copper, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10097554
MRDS ID A015344
Record type Site
Current site name Rex Creek
Related records 10209367

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.839, 64.10268 (WGS84)
Relative position The Rex Creek mine is located in sec. 25, T. 9 S., R. 7 W., Fairbanks Meridian. Rex Creek is a tributary of California Creek that is south of Rex Dome. The creek has been placer mined for a mile, about 3 to 4 miles above its mouth; the mine is approximately 2.5 miles southeast of Rex Dome. The mine is locality 64 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Copper Secondary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Chalcopyrite Ore
Gold Ore
Pyrite Ore
Stibnite 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

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel

Nearby scientific data

(1) -148.839, 64.10268

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Bedrock in the upper drainage is quartz-orthoclase-sericite schist and augen gneiss of the Totatlanika Schist; in the lower reaches, the creek is underlain by the Tertiary sandstone and conglomerate of the Healy Creek Formation (Wahrhaftig, 1970 [GQ-810]). The ground that was mined was 6 to 8 feet deep; the gold was close to or in the top foot of decayed schist bedrock (Capps, 1912, p. 47). Gold occurs in both stream and bench placers (Capps, 1912, p. 47). A bench about 50 feet above the stream was mined in 1910 (Maddren, 1918). The gold was 800 fine (Glover, 1950).
  • Age = Quaternary placer.

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 Bonnifield

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Total production through 1916 was worth about $5,000, or less than 250 ounces (Maddren, 1918, p. 380-383; Cobb, 1976 [OFR 76-662, p. 119]).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Prospecting began in 1905 or earlier, and mining was reported in 1910 (Capps, 1912, p. 44,47). Maddren (1918) reported that there was no mining in 1916. Mining occured from 3 to 4 miles above the mouth, where a bench 50 feet above the creek was mined (Maddren, 1918). In 1925, one man ground sluiced on Rex Creek (Wimmler, 1925 [ATDM MR 195-8, p. 43]). Prospect drilling was reported in 1939 (Smith, 1941, p. 51).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015344
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FB134

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Capps, S.R., 1911, Mineral resources of the Bonnifield region: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 480-H, p. 218-235.

  • Deposit

    Maddren, A.G., 1918, Gold placers near the Nenana coal field: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662, p. 363-402.

  • Deposit

    Wimmler, N.L., 1925, Placer mining in Alaska in 1925: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 195-8, 118 p.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1939, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1938: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 917-A, p. 1-113.

  • Deposit

    Joesting, H.R., 1942, Strategic mineral occurences in interior Alaska: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Pamphlet 1, 46 p.

  • Deposit

    Glover, A.E., 1950, Placer gold fineness: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 195-1, 38 p.

  • Deposit

    Berg, H.C., and Cobb, E.H., 1967, Metalliferous Lode Deposits of Alaska. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1246, 254 p.

  • Deposit

    Wahrhaftig, Clyde, 1970, Geologic map of the Fairbanks A-4 quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map GQ-810, 1 sheet, scale 1:63:360.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-410, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-662, 174 p.

  • Deposit

    Capps, S.R., 1912, The Bonnifield region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 501, 64 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1941, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1939: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 926-A, p. 1-106.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Maddren, 1918

General comments

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

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 J.R. Guidetti Schaefer Avalon Development Corporation
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 C.J. Freeman Avalon Development Corporation