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Lucky Six Creek Mine, Noatak District, Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska, USA

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Located within Gates of the Arctic National Park.
Location: This site is based on early descriptions (Schrader, 1904) of several mineral occurrences and minor placer gold production on Lucky Six Creek. The prospects were apparently not visited by Schrader, whose descriptions were based on reports of prospectors. Their exact location cannot now be determined. The site is arbitrarily located at about the midpoint of Lucky Six Creek, about 3.5 miles downstream from Gull Pass. It is in the E1/2 of sec. 7, T. 25 N., R. 18 E., of the Kateel River Meridian. The location is accurate to within one mile. The site corresponds to locality 26 in Grybeck and Nelson (1981).
Geology: A few ounces of coarse placer gold was reported by Schrader (1904) to have been produced prior to 1913 from Lucky Six Creek. A small lens of high-grade silver ore and graphite was reported by prospectors prior to World War I (Smith, 1913). However, there is no more recent substantiation of any of these deposits and no new information.
Workings: Gold reported to assay $19.2/oz; equivalent to a fineness of about 930. Surface workings but no activity since the early 1900s.
Production: Production of a 'few ounces of placer gold' (Grybeck and Nelson, 1981).

Commodities (Major) - Ag, Au; (Minor) - Graphite
Development Status: Yes; small
Deposit Model: Stream placer (Cox and Singer, 1986; model 39a)

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References

Anderson, Eskil, 1945, Asbestos and jade occurrences in the Kobuk River region, Alaska: Alaska Territorial Department of Mines Pamphlet 3-R, 26 p. Grybeck, D.J., and Nelson, S.W., 1981, Mineral deposit map of the Survey Pass quadrangle, Brooks Range, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-1176-F, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000. Schrader, F.C., 1904, A reconnaissance in northern Alaska across the Rocky Mountains, along Koyukuk, John, Anaktuvuk, and Colville rivers and the Arctic coast to Cape Lisburne, in 1901, with notes by W.J. Peters: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 20, 139 p. Smith. P.S., 1913, The Noatak-Kobuk region, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 536, 60 p. U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1978, Mineral appraisal of the proposed Gates of the Arctic Wilderness National Park, Alaska--A preliminary comment: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 109-78, 29 p., 4 sheets. U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1979, Mineral deposits of the Alatna, John, Killik and Kobuk River area and the North Fork of the Koyukuk River, Brooks Range, Alaska--A summary report: U.S. Bureau of Mines Open-File Report 36-79, 23 p., 1 sheet.

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