Yellow Eagle

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308494
MRDS ID A015320
Record type Site
Current site name Yellow Eagle
Related records 10101019, 10112060, 10234064

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -148.01601, 64.84272 (WGS84)
Relative position The Yellow Eagle mine site consists of an area south of the Parks Highway that extends between the mouth of Eva Creek and the southern part of the Ester Creek placers (FB034), south nearly to the dredge pond of Cripple Creek (FB 070). It is the location of a large open-pit mine in the late 1990's that covers much of the west half of section 8, T 1 S., R. 2 W., Fairbanks Meridian.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

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) -148.01601, 64.84272

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = This site occupies a large block of ground between the rich and productive placers on Ester Creek (FB034) and Cripple Creek (FB070), and it has probably been drilled and mined at one place or another since the earliest days of the district, the work being attributed to one or another of those creeks. However, it had never been mined as a whole, and there were indications that considerable gold remained. In 1996, Cripple Creek Venture developed it as a new mine that was worked by Yellow Eagle Mining Inc. Placer mining continued from a series of large open pits using heavy earth-moving equipment until 1999 (Swainbank and others, 1998; Szumigala and Swainbank, 1999; Swainbank and others, 2000). During the last stages of mining, when a pit just south of the Parks Highway reached its maximum depth, it uncovered the top of a weathered granitic body, and there was speculation that some of the gold over it was a residual placer.
  • 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 Fairbanks

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Production figures are not available.

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The Yellow Eagle site occupies a large block of ground between the rich and productive placers on Ester Creek (FB034) and Cripple Creek (FB070), and it has probably been drilled and mined at one place or another since the earliest days of the district, the work being attributed to one or another of those creeks. However, it had never been mined as a whole, and there were indications that considerable gold remained. In 1996, Cripple Creek Venture developed it as a new mine that was worked by Yellow Eagle Mining Inc. Placer mining continued from a series of large open pits using heavy earth-moving equipment until 1999 (Swainbank and others, 1998; Szumigala and Swainbank, 1999; Swainbank and others, 2000).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FB152

Bibliographic references

  • 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.

  • Deposit

    Swainbank, R.C., Clautice, K.C., and Nauman, J.L., 1998, Alaska's Mineral Industry 1997: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Special Report 52, 65 p.

  • Deposit

    Szumigala, D.J., and Swainbank, R.C., 1999, Alaska's mineral industry 1998: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Special Report SR 53, 71 p.

  • Deposit

    Swainbank, R.C., Szumigala, D.J., Henning, M.W., and Pillifant, F.M., 2000, Alaska's mineral industry 1999: Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Special Report 54, 73 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Swainbank and others, 2000

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