Nolan Creek

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308663
Record type Site
Current site name Nolan Creek

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -166.26823, 64.93497 (WGS84)
Relative position Nolan Creek appears to be the placer mine site described by Collier and others (1908) as 'a small southern tributary of Tisuk River, name not known, 6 miles from the coast'. Nolan Creek is the only south tributary for a several-mile stretch above Seattle (or Wesley) Creek, which was named at the time of Collier's visit. The location is uncertain, but it is probably known within about a half-mile.
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska


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) -166.26823, 64.93497

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = Five feet of gravel that contained 3 to 10 cents gold per pan, was reported to be present in the lower part of the creek near the Tisuk River flood plain (Collier and others, 1908, p. 220). The ground was idle when examined by Collier in 1903 but reportedly produced from 3 to 10 dollars per day per man by rocker, hence was richer than Hume (NM004) and Tomboy (NM008) Creeks also described by Collier and his associates in the same general region. Bedrock, exposed at least locally along most of Tisuk River and tributaries such as Nolan Creek, is primarily a mafic metavolcanic assemblage (Sainsbury, Smith, and Kachadoorian, 1972).
  • Age = Quaternary.

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic

Comments on exploration

  • Status = Probably inactive

Mining district

District name Nome

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = Placer gold mining was done by rocker before 1903.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF NM003

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    Collier, A. J., Hess, F.L., Smith, P.S., and Brooks, A.H., 1908, The gold placers of parts of Seward Peninsula, Alaska, including the Nome, Council, Kougarok, Port Clarence, and Goodhope precincts: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 328, 343 p.

  • Deposit

    Sainsbury, C.L., Smith, T.E., and Kachadoorian, Reuben, 1972, Reconnaissance geologic map of the Nome D-3 quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 72-327, 14 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:63,360.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Collier and others, 1908

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 22-OCT-99 Hawley, C.C. and Hudson, Travis L. Hawley Resource Group