Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Silver, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10307724
Record type Site
Current site name Cheyenne
Alternate or previous names Vergil

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.44496, 65.04868 (WGS84)
Relative position The Cheyenne prospect is located about 1400 feet northwest of Cleary Summit along the Steese Highway, on the south side of the road; NE1/4NE1/4, sec. 36, T. 3 N., R. 1 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Silver Secondary
Antimony Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Arsenopyrite Ore
Stibnite Ore
Tetrahedrite Ore

Mineral occurrence model information

Model code 85
USGS model code 22c
Deposit model name Polymetallic veins
Mark3 model number 46

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.44496, 65.04868

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = By October of 1912, the prospect was known as the Vergil prospect and an 11 foot shaft had been sunk on base metal bearing mineralization which averaged $6.50 per ton in gold (0.3 ounces of gold per ton) and $4.50 per ton in silver (9 ounces of silver per ton). Smith (1913, B 525) was unable to determine the strike and dip of the prospect due to frost action on surface exposures. By 1916, the shaft was 14 feet deep with a short drift at the bottom on a 8-inch-wide, N 55 E, 15 SE shear zone. Mineralization consisted of stibnite with gold and silver credits, arsenopyrite and silver-bearing tetrahedrite. The shear zone was hosted in an iron oxide stained schist cut by numerous quartz stringers (Mertie, 1918). The Cheyenne prospect was examined as a possible source of antimony in 1942 but no additional exploration was conducted due to insufficient tonnage (Killeen and Mertie, 1951).

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Fairbanks

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = By 1916, the shaft was 14 feet deep with a short drift at the bottom (Mertie, 1918). There has apparently been little work since.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF LG092

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1913, Lode mining near Fairbanks, in Prindle, L.M., A geologic reconnaissance of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 525, p. 153-216.

  • Deposit

    Smith, P.S., 1913, Lode mining near Fairbanks: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 542-F, p. 137-202.

  • Deposit

    Killeen, P.L., and Mertie, J.B., 1951, Antimony ore in the Fairbanks District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 51-46, 43 p.

  • Deposit

    Freeman, C.J., 1992, 1991 Golden Summit project final report, volume 2: Historical summary of lode mines and prospects in the Golden Summit project area, Alaska: Avalon Development Corp., 159 p. (Report held by Freegold Recovery Inc. USA, Vancouver, British Columbia.)

  • Deposit

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

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Mertie, 1918

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Polymetallic vein (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 22c).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 04-MAY-99 C.J. Freeman, J.R. Guidetti Schaefer Avalon Development Corporation