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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  11-Jul-1994 by Dorthe E. Jakobsen (DEJ)

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Name MARSH CREEK, PLACER LEASES 1291, 1310, 1358 Mining Division Vernon
BCGS Map 082L018
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082L01W
Latitude 050º 06' 28'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 118º 29' 00'' Northing 5551668
Easting 393934
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Marsh Creek deposits are located about 100 kilometres east of Vernon.

These deposits were originally worked by A. Marsh beginning in 1883 until his death in 1925. Marsh developed an adit, 3 short drifts and sunk a shaft to 13.5 metres. In 1935, an opencut was started. In 1938, the old upper drift was cleaned out and several test pits were dug. In 1941, the shaft was dewatered and it promptly caved. In 1942, the upper section of the creek was worked with a dragline. In 1947, a 4.2-metre shaft was sunk before it caved and then a 6-metre shaft was sunk near it. There was work done in the 1960s and 1970s but little information is available. In 1979, geophysical surveys, hand trenching, sluicing and panning were completed. In 1990, Commonwealth Gold completed geochemical surveys in this area.

The area is underlain by volcanic and sedimentary rocks of the Devonian to Triassic Harper Ranch Group. The creek contains glacial and fluvial gravels which contain placer gold.

It is believed that the source of the placer gold in Marsh Creek is the quartz vein at the foot of the limestone cliffs above the south branch of Marsh Creek. This vein is described in the Monashee showings (082LSE001). The main catchment area for this gold is likely below the falls. The location of the main buried channel remains to be determined.

The amount of gold removed from this creek is unrecorded though A. Marsh was able to survive for at least 15 years on what he recovered.

EMPR ASS RPT *7485, 21592
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 55-58; 1988, pp. 49-54; 1992, pp. 255-257
EMPR OF 1991-18; 1994-8
EMPR RGS 082L, 1976; 32, 1991
GSC MAP 7216G; 8491G
GSC OF 637 (#330); 658
GSC P 91-2, pp. 115-135
CJES Vol. 26, No. 2