Foster Hungerford

Prospect in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308631
Record type Site
Current site name Foster Hungerford
Alternate or previous names Empire, Alaska Group

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.39796, 65.06968 (WGS84)
Relative position The Foster Hungerford prospect is located above Chatham Creek approximately 1 mile northwest of the Christina prospect (ARDF no. LG146); SW1/4 sec. 20, T. 3 N., R. 2 E., of the Fairbanks Meridian.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.39796, 65.06968

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = During the summer of 1912 an east-west striking, south-dipping shear zone was discovered on the Blarney Stone claim. A twelve-inch-thick high-grade quartz-bearing zone was exposed and reported to contain significant gold. A shaft was sunk through the winter of 1912-1913 and 14 tons of ore were produced (Chapin, 1914). Hill (1933) reports that this ore averaged $40 per ton gold (1.9 ounces of gold per ton). Several northeast trending shear zones were exposed on the Foster Hungerford prospect in 1931. A N 50-60 E trending stringer approximately 8 to 10 inches wide was exposed in a 10 foot deep shaft on the Alaska #2 claim (Hill, 1933). This shear zone assayed $16.88 per ton in gold (0.8 ounces of gold per ton). A second shear near the east end of Alaska #2 is 18 inches wide; it strikes N 45 E and dips 50 SE.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Prospect
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Inactive

Mining district

District name Fairbanks

Comments on the production information

  • Production Notes = Shaft sinking through the winter of 1912-1913 produced 14 tons of ore (Chapin, 1914). Hill (1933) reports that this ore averaged $40 per ton (1.9 ounces of gold per ton).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = A shaft had been sunk that produced ore (Chapin, 1914).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF LG140

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Hill, J.M., 1933, Lode deposits of the Fairbanks District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 849-B, p. 29-163.

  • 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

    Chapin, Theodore, 1914, Lode mining near Fairbanks, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 592-J, p. 321-355.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Chapin, 1914

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Gold-quartz vein.
Deposit Other Comments = The first known reference to the Foster Hungerford prospect dates to the winter of 1911-1912 when Mr. Foster and Mr. Hungerford acquired a lease on the New York, Blarney Stone, Comstock and Stockholm claims (Times Publishing Company, 1912). These claims were then known as the Empire group and were owned by the Empire Mining Company. By 1931, Fred M. Wackwitz had staked the ground under the Alaska claim group (Hill, 1933).

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 04-MAY-1999 C.J. Freeman, J.R. Guidetti Schaefer Avalon Development Corporation