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Cook Inlet-Susitna Region Alaska

The Alaska Peninsula bounds this sizable region on the southwest, the Alaska Range on the west and north, and the Talkeetna Mountains on the east.

Anchorage District

Archangel Creek

At the head of Archangel Creek, there are many lode gold mines, so it is reasonable to assume that there may be placer gold in the creek.

California Creek

California Creek and its tributaries contain placer gold.

Crow Creek

Crow Creek and its tributaries contain placer gold.

Eagle River

Many placer and lode gold mines on the Eagle River. Check the quadrangle for the precise locations of the Golden Light, Kempf, Lucky Shot, Panhandle, Thorpe, War Baby, Willow Creek, Arch, Archangel, Bluebird, Fern, Gold Quartz, Mogul, Moose Creek, Northwestern, and many other lodes and placer gold mines.

Fishhook Creek

At the head of Fishhook Creek, there are many area mines, this was a productive lode area, so it is reasonable to assume that there may be placer gold in the creek.

Girdwood Creek

Girdwood Creek contains placer gold.

Glacier Creek

Glacier Creek and its tributaries contain placer gold.

Metal Creek

The lower end of Metal Creek is said to contain placer gold.

Peter Creek

Many placer and lode gold mines on Peter Creek. Check the quadrangle for the precise locations of the Golden Light, Kempf, Lucky Shot, Panhandle, Thorpe, War Baby, Willow Creek, Arch, Archangel, Bluebird, Fern, Gold Quartz, Mogul, Moose Creek, Northwestern, and many other lodes and placer gold mines.

Winner Creek

Winner Creek contains placer gold.

Girdwood District

The Girdwood district is a minor-producing district that was founded in 1896. Many hard rock mines produced lode gold, so it is assumed that miners can find placer gold here too.

Hope District

The district was primarily a lode gold district.

Kenai Peninsula District

A few streams in the Kenai Peninsula district yield gold.

Moose Pass District

This district was a lode gold district.

Nuka Bay District

Nuka Bay district is in the extreme south part of the peninsula. The Nuka Bay Mines Company, Nukalask Mining Company, Roses & Larson, and Skinner Mines all produced lode gold in this district. In addition, there were many old lode mines in this district.

Seldovia District

The Seldovia district is at the south end of the peninsula on the Seldovia USGS quadrangle. There were many old mines here (e.g., Alley, Mills & Trimble, Alaska Hills, Little Creek, and others). Most mines were lode mines.

Sunrise District

The district was primarily a lode gold district.

Turnagain Arm District

Turnagain Arm district is a seaway district south of Anchorage in central and north parts of the peninsula. Along Turnagain Arm, there were many small placer operations. There were also many hard rock mines, especially around the head of Crow Creek. Along Mills, Canyon, Falls, and Cooper Creeks, placers were discovered in 1896. These placers are very rich. Along Crow, Resurrection, Palmer, Sixmile, and other creeks, draining into the Turnagain Arm from the north part of the peninsula had rich placers.

Valdez Creek District

This district is about 125 miles south of Fairbanks by air. It consists of the drainages of Valdez and Clearwater Creeks. The Tammany Channel was a buried ancient river channel of Valdez Creek and was discovered in 1904. The placers were very rich and extensively hydraulicked. There are several old lode mines in the area.

Willow Creek District

NE of Wasilla by road and 21 miles northwest of Palmer is the Willow Creek district. The area above Matanuska, in the upper end of Willow Creek at the head of Cook inlet, is the second most productive lode gold area in Alaska. There were very many rich lode gold mines.

Yentna - Cache Creek District

This district is on the southeast slopes of the Alaska range. Along Dollar, Thunder, and Willow Creeks, there are very rich placers. Nugget Creek was also a rich producer. The Yentna River upper drainages and tributaries, Cache, Mills, Petter, and Long Creeks, had rich placer gravels.

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