Tripple Creek

Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Antimony

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308006
Record type Site
Current site name Tripple Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -165.25507, 64.52609 (WGS84)
Relative position This alluvial gold placer mine is on Tripple Creek, a west tributary to lower Nome River. The map location is at the approximate midpoint of placer mine tailings that extend at least 5,000 feet along the creek starting about 1 mile upstream from the mouth. The map location is at an elevation of about 100 feet in the NW1/4 section 22, T. 11 S., R. 33 W., Kateel River Meridian. The mined part of Tripple Creek is mostly on the older part of the Nome coastal plain at surface elevations are 100 to 200 feet. The mine location is accurate to within a quarter mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Antimony Secondary

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) -165.25507, 64.52609

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Tripple Creek heads in bedrock on the southeast side of Newton Peak, but it mostly flows across older parts of the Nome coastal plain and the Nome River flood plain. The part of the creek on the Nome coastal plain, between surface elevations of 50 and 150 feet, has been placer mined for gold. Records of the State and Territory of Alaska show three patented claims on Tripple Creek: Kardex site Kx 167 patented to U.S. Smelting and Refining Company; Kardex site Kx 258, U.S. Mineral Survey No. 1346 (Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 1982; Heiner and Porter, 1972); Kardex site Kx 305, a bedrock claim in upper Tripple Creek, reportedly located for antimony (Heiner and Porter, 1972). Bedrock including marble and light-colored, possibly metavolcanic schist is exposed in the mine. The mine was active at least through 1997 (Swainbank and others, 1997) and is assumed still to be active in 2000.
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Producer

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Active

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Placer mine tailings are present along Tripple Creek between surface elevations of 50 and 150 feet. The mine was active through 1997 (Swainbank and others, 1997). In addition to placer gold, construction products have also been produced during the recent operations. The mine was assumed to be active in 2000.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM272

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Heiner, L.E., and Porter, Eve, 1972, Alaska Mineral Properties, volume 2: University of Alaska, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory Report 24, 669 p.

  • Deposit

    Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 1982, Mining claim location maps -- Nome quadrangle: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 8 p., 3 sheets, scales 1:63,360 and 1:250,000.

  • Deposit

    Swainbank, R.C., Bundtzen, T. K., Clough A.H., and Henning, M.W., 1997, Alaska's mineral industry 1996: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Special Report 51, 68 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Heiner and Porter, 1972

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Alluvial placer Au (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a).
Deposit Other Comments = Patented claims reported.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-JUL-00 Hawley, C.C. and Hudson, Travis L. Hawley Resource Group