Mohawk

Past Producer in Alaska, United States with commodities Gold, Lead, Antimony, Zinc

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10308827
MRDS ID A015277
Record type Site
Current site name Mohawk
Alternate or previous names Bondholder, Bondholder Extension, Peg Leg, Yellow Jacket, Mohawk #2, Mohawk #3, Liberty, Spite Fraction
Related records 10101017

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -147.98795, 64.87266 (WGS84)
Relative position The Mohawk mine is located in the NE1/4 sec. 32, T. 1 N., R. 2 W., Fairbanks Meridian. The Mohawk mine is near the head of Saint Patrick Creek. The mine and mill are along Saint Patrick road about 0.8 mile by road north of the junction of Saint Patrick Road and Henderson Road. Workings extend from an elevation of about 900 feet to 1,250 feet. The mine is included in locality 17 of Cobb (1972 [MF 410]).
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Geographic areas

Country State
United States Alaska

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary
Lead Secondary
Antimony Secondary
Zinc Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Galena Ore
Gold Ore
Sphalerite Ore
Stibnite Ore

Alteration

  • The Bondholder vein contains iron- and arsenic-stained quartz (Hill, 1933).

Nearby scientific data

(1) -147.98795, 64.87266

Comments on the geologic information

  • Geologic Description = The Mohawk mine consists of a group of claims including the Bondholder (FB038), Bondholder Extension, Peg Leg, Yellow Jacket, Mohawk, Mohawk No. 2, Mohawk No. 3, and Liberty and Spite Fraction. By 1931, the property reportedly produced more than $200,000 in gold (about 9,676 ounces of gold), most from the Mohawk vein, in the southern part of the group of claims (Hill, 1933, p. 143). Free gold, arsenopyrite, stibnite, galena, and sphalerite occur in quartz veins with schist inclusions. The gold varies from 766 to 818 fine (Glover, 1950). The main workings are on the Mohawk vein, which generally strikes N. 30 E. and dips 40-70 east-southeast (Hill, 1933, p. 143). In 1931, the underground workings included more than 2,900 feet of drift and 1,800 feet of raises and winzes that developed the vein over a total length of 1,300 feet to a vertical depth of 232 feet (Hill, 1933, p. 143). The ore averaged more than $20 in gold per ton (0.97 ounce of gold per ton). The Bondholder vein is at the north end of the Mohawk group of claims. It was opened by at least two shafts and several pits (Hill, 1933, p. 146). About 200 feet north of these shafts, an opening exposed a 4.5-foot-wide vein that trends N. 24 E., 45 NW in mica-quartz schist. The vein contains iron- and arsenic-stained quartz, a sample of which assayed $10.29 in gold per ton (about 0.5 ounce of gold per ton) (Hill, 1933, p. 146). In another 142-foot shaft, the vein averages 6 feet in width. By 1931, five hundred tons of ore were mined from the Bondholder vein. This group of claims was mined intermittently from 1914 to 1940 (Cobb, 1976 [OFR 76-662, p. 98-99]).

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 = This group of claims was mined intermittently from 1914 to 1940 (Cobb, 1976 [OFR 76-662, p. 98-99]). By 1931, five hundred tons of ore were mined from the Bondholder vein. The main workings were on the Mohawk vein but the amount of gold that was produced was not reported (Hill, 1933, p. 146).

Comments on the workings information

  • Workings / Exploration = The Mohawk mine consists of a group of claims including the Bondholder (FB038), Bondholder Extension, Peg Leg, Yellow Jacket, Mohawk, Mohawk No. 2, Mohawk No. 3, and Liberty and Spite Fraction. The main workings are on the Mohawk vein, and in 1931, the underground workings included more than 2,900 feet of drifts and 1,800 feet of raises and winzes that developed the vein over a total length of 1,300 feet to a vertical depth of 232 feet (Hill, 1933, p. 143). The Bondholder vein is at the north end of the Mohawk group of claims. It was opened by at least two shafts and several pits (Hill, 1933, p. 146).

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Alaska Resource Data File ARDF FB061
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A010675
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS A015277

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.

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

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

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    Eakin, H.M., 1915, Placer mining in Seward Peninsula: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 622-I, p. 366-373.

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    Brooks, A.H., 1916, Antimony deposits of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 649, 67 p.

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    Smith, P.S., 1917, The mining industry in the territory of Alaska during the calendar year 1915: U.S. Bureau of Mines Bulletin 142, 66 p.

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    Mertie, J.B. Jr., 1917, Lode mining in the Fairbanks District, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 662-H, p. 403-424.

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    Martin, G.C., 1920, The Alaska mining industry in 1918: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 712-A, p. 1-52.

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    Brooks, A.H., and Martin, G. C. 1921, The Alaska mining industry in 1919: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 714, p. 59-95.

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    Brooks, A.H. and Capps, S.R., 1924, Mineral industry in Alaska, 1922: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 755, p. 1-56.

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    Brooks, A.H., 1925, Alaska's mineral resources and production, 1923: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 773, p. 3-52.

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    Smith, P.S., 1926, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1924: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 783-A, p. 1-39.

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    Smith, P.S., 1929, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1926: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 797, p. 1-50.

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    Smith, P.S., 1930, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1928: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 813, p. 1-72.

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    Smith, P.S., 1930, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1927: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 810-A, p. 1-64.

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    Smith, P.S., 1932, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1929, in Smith, P.S., and others Mineral resources of Alaska, report on progress of investigations in 1929: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 824-A, p. 1-81.

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

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    Smith, P.S., 1933, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1930: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 836-A, p. 1-83.

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    Smith, P.S., 1933, Mineral industry in Alaska in 1931: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 844-A, p. 1-82.

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    Smith, P.S., 1934, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1933: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 864-A, p. 1-94.

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    Smith, P.S., 1937, Mineral industry in Alaska in 1935: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 880-A, p. 1-95.

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    Smith, P.S., 1938, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1936: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 897-A, p. 1-107.

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    Smith, P.S. 1939, Mineral industry in Alaska in 1937: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 910-A, p. 1-113.

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    Joesting, H.R., 1942, Antimony and tungsten deposits in Fairbanks and adjacent areas: Alaska Department of Mines MR 194-11, 25 p.

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    Joesting, H.R., 1943, Strategic mineral occurrences in interior Alaska, supplement to pamphlet no. 1: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Pamphlet 2, 26 p.

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    Glover, A.E., 1950, Placer gold fineness: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 195-1, 38 p.

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    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.

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    Saunders, R.H., 1956, Mohawk Mine tailing treatment (Saint Patricks Creek): Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Prospect Evaluation 58-9, 6 p.

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    Chapman, R.M., and Foster, R.L., 1969, Lode mines and prospects in the Fairbanks district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 625-D, 25 p., 1 plate.

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    Cobb, E.H., 1972, Metallic mineral resources map of the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-410, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.

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    Cobb, E.H., 1976, Summary of references to mineral occurrences (other than mineral fuels and construction materials) in the Fairbanks quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-662, 174 p.

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    Joesting, H.R., 1942, Antimony and tungsten deposits in the Fairbanks and adjacent districts: Alaska Department of Mines Miscellaneous Report 194-11, 25 p.

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    Moffit, F.H., 1927, Mineral industry in Alaska in 1925: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 792-A, p. 1-39.

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    Smith, P. S., 1930, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1927: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 810, p. 1-64.

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    Smith, P. S., 1930, Mineral resources of Alaska in 1928: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 813-A, p. 1-72.

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    Smith, P. S., 1933, Mineral resources of Alaska in 1930: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 836-A, p. 1-83.

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    Smith, P. S., 1933, Mineral resources of Alaska in 1931: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 844-A, p. 1-82.

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    Smith, P.S., 1939, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1937: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 910-A, p. 1-113.

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    Smith, P.S., 1941, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1939: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 926-A, p. 1-106.

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    Smith, P.S., 1942, Mineral industry of Alaska in 1940: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 933-A, p. 1-102.

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    Smith, S.S., 1917, The mining industry in the Territory of Alaska during the calendar year 1915: U.S. Bureau of Mines Bulletin 142, 65 p.

Comments on the references

  • Primary Reference = Hill, 1933

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit Model Name = Schist-hosted gold-quartz vein

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 31-JUL-2001 J.R. Guidetti Schaefer and C.J. Freeman Avalon Development Corporation