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Bullion Prospect, Chichagof District, Sitka Borough, Alaska, USA

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Location: The location of the old Bullion prospect is obscure. The few early, passing references to it place it in Billy Basin ( Wright and Wright, 1905; Knopf, 1912), a well known geographic feature mentioned by Becker in 1898 (although he called it 'Billys Basin'). Billy Basin is about 3 miles northeast of the center of the Sitka National Monument just outside Sitka. For this record, this prospect is somewhat arbitrarily placed in in the middle of Billy Basin (as shown on the modern U.S.G.S. topographic maps) at an elevation of about 750 feet. This location is about 0.5 mile west of the center of section 28, T. 55 S., R. 64 E. However, the queried coordinates in Cobb (1972, 1978) place it about 7 miles to the southeast of Billy Basin near Medvejie Lake. The coordinates of the MAS record (U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 2002) put it at an even more unlikely location south of the head of Leesoffskaia Bay, far distant from any known mineral deposit, and with a locational uncertainty of more than 6 miles (which could put it in Billy Basin).
Geology: Little is known about the Bullion prospect; it was only mentioned in passing by Wright and Wright (1905) as a gold prospect and that statement was quoted in Knopf (1912). Wright and Wright mention only that no work had been done on it as of 1904. In view of the uncertainty of its location, little can be said about the host rocks at this prospect. The only other references to it are the U.S. Bureau of Land Management MAS file (2002) that notes only that there was gold lode claim on it, and a table in Bittenbender and others (1999), who indicate it was active in 1900.
Workings: A claim was staked about 1900.

Commodities (Major) - Au
Development Status: None

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Becker, G.F., 1898, Reconnaissance of some gold fields of southern Alaska, with some notes on general geology: U.S. Geological Survey 18th annual report, Part 3, p. 7-86. Bittenbender, P., Still, J.C., Maas, K., and McDonald, M., Jr., 1999, Mineral resources of the Chichagof and Baranof Islands area, southeast Alaska: Bureau of Land Management, BLM-Alaska Technical Report 19, 222 p. Knopf, Adolph, 1912, The Sitka mining district, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 504, 32 p. U.S. Bureau of Land Management, 2002, Alaska mineral locations database report (Sitka quadrangle), July 2, 2002, 205 p. [http://imcg.wr.usgs.gov/dem.html] Wright, F.E., and Wright, C.W., 1905, Economic developments in southeastern Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 259, p. 47-68.

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