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The Chicken Creek Gold Mine - Chicken, Alaska

Alaskan gold nugget Gold was first discovered in the Chicken Creek 
drainage on Myers Fork Creek in 1896, 10 years after the initial Fortymile discovery, and has been mined continuously since then 
with the exception of the war years. The F.E. Company, a subsidiary of the U.S. Smelting Refining & Mining Co., acquired most of 
the claims during the 1940s and after trucking the F.E.Co Dredge #4, or the Pedro Dredge as it 
is now called, from Fairbanks over the Alaska Highway and then up the 
Taylor Highway to Chicken, dredged 2 miles of the creek from 1959 to 1967. Mining continued on Chicken Creek through 2004 by several family operations. The drainage has most likely produced 
over 150,000 oz of gold. 

The Chicken Creek Mine - Chicken, Alaska We began operating as the Chicken Creek Mine in 1990 as lessees and purchased some of the ground in 1998. In 2000, we began to implement a sustainable development plan incorporating mining, reclamation, tourism and local history with a vision of creating the Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost, also known as the Chicken RV park and campground, which was opened in 2001. That year our efforts were recognized by the State of Alaska when we received the prestigious Alaska Governor's Award for Mine Reclamation. In 2006, the same year that the Pedro Dredge was listed as a National Historic Site, our business was recognized nationally as the small mine operator of the year by the U.S. Interior Department with the Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award.

In 2004, we ceased our mining operations on Nora Bench (the location of Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost), leaving some of the remaining gold resource for panning and recreational mining opportunities. In 2006 we opened our claims on Myers Fork to the public for recreational mining. In January of 2015, we participated in the purchase of Lost Chicken Hill, which is one of the oldest continuously operated placer gold mines in Alaska (discovered in 1895). We started operating on Lost Chicken in 2015 and opened some of the claims to the public for recreational gold mining. If you are interested in touring the operation and exploring the history, inquire at Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost.

  • BLM Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award, September, 2006 (pdf, 1.8Mb)

  • North of 60 Mining Article, October 2006 (pdf, 4.3Mb)

    Gold Mining on Nora Bench
    Mining on Nora Bench
    Gold panning at the mine
    Gold panning at Chicken, Alaska

    A 1000-ounce gold cleanup
    A 100-ounce cleanup at the Chicken Creek Mine - Chicken, Alaska
    An overview of the gold mine
    An overview of the Chicken Creek Mine

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    Chicken, Alaska   99732

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