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File Created: 21-Sep-1988 by Laura L. Duffett (LLD)
Last Edit:  20-Nov-2020 by Del Ferguson (DF)

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Name BOOT HILL, BOOT, WARATAH, BUG, FLARE Mining Division Liard
BCGS Map 104B065
Status Showing NTS Map 104B11E
Latitude 056º 40' 52'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 131º 02' 04'' Northing 6283725
Easting 375360
Commodities Gold, Silver, Lead, Zinc, Copper Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Stikine
Capsule Geology

Boot Hill is located on the south side of Iskut River, approximately 3 kilometres east of the Bronson Airstrip.

The Boot Hill area is underlain by a sequence of folded and faulted upper Triassic andesitic volcanic and clastic sedimentary rock units of the Stuhini Group. The sequences of clastic layered rocks consist of volcanic wackes, andesitic flows, and argillite interbeds.

The Boot Hill mineralization is hosted by siltstone/greywacke which has been pervasively altered by biotite, pyrite and pyrrhotite.

By following up on soil geochemistry (D87-soil contour line) west of the Gold Bug area, a number of copper-lead-zinc-silver-gold showings were found in an area collectively known as Boot Hill. Some of these occurrences are of the quartz vein type (such as the Flare vein). However, in Trench 27 and Trench 28, the mineralization occurs within crackle and stringer zones with strong carbonate alteration. The crackle/stringer mineralization is dominated by pyrite and sphalerite with subordinate galena and chalcopyrite. Poddy siliceous zones with strong sulphide mineralization (Trench 28 and Trench 38) carry all the above sulphides with the addition of arsenopyrite.

Trenching and drilling (1988) generally indicated low-grade veins over narrow widths, although two chip samples from the trenches were of interest. From trench number 27, one chip sample, assayed 14.39 grams per tonne gold, and 0.96 per cent zinc over a length of 1.10 meters (Assessment Report 18113). Trench 38 produced a chip sample that ran 5.07 grams per tonne gold, 93.9 grams per tonne silver and 1.54 per cent lead over 0.85 metre (Assessment Report 18113). The other samples from the trenches did not reflect these grades, nor did the drilling. The drilling could not duplicate the high-grade results from trench 27. This may indicate a discontinuous, pod style of mineralization. Two holes totaling 226 metres were drilled in 1986 but documentation was not published.

A grab sample taken from the Boot zone assayed 3.63 grams per tonne gold. Another sample, taken over 0.7 metre, assayed 24.3 grams per tonne gold (Vancouver Stockwatch, Sept.2, 1988).

In 1988, trenching (TR-29) on what is known as the Flare vein revealed a 1.7 metre wide quartz vein hosted by greywacke. The initial grab sample from the vein assayed 1.41 per cent zinc, 0.14 gram per tonne gold and 5.83 grams per tonne silver (Assessment Report 21301).


See Gold Bug (104B 295) for a discussion of a common work history.

In 2011 Skyline Gold Corp undertook an exploration program along the south side of Iskut River, part of which was Boot Hill. Of the 49 soil samples taken in the Boot Hill area, 21 contained gold amounts greater than 0.0887 parts per million and have been classified as anomalous. These samples average 0.823 parts per million gold. A strong northeast trending anomaly occurs across the contour sample area for 100 metres of length and appears to be open in either direction. Notable samples include G023603, G023604 and G023630 which contained 1.66 parts per million, 8.60 parts per million and 2.50 parts per million gold respectively. These three samples occur adjacent to two historic trenches. Numerous samples were collected to the northeast of these trenches suggesting a potential continuation in strike of the source responsible for the mineralization (Assessment Report 33535).

EMPR EXPL 1983-522; 1986-C443
EMPR OF 2011-4
EMPR P 2019-01 pp 97-11, 2015-1 pp 41-58, 2015-1 pp 87-101
EMPR PF (Statement of Material Facts #40/88 for Tungco Resources Corporation, May 31, 1988)
EMPR PFD 19481, 19482, 19483, 904492
GSC MAP 9-1957; 311A; 1418A
GSC P 89-1E, pp. 145-154
CJES 49 PP 1027-1052
GBC RPT 2013-05
N MINER Aug.22, 1988
NW PROSPECTOR Jun./Jul., Aug./Sept., 1988
PR REL Tungco Resources Corporation - Sept.14,Dec.1, 1987
V STOCKWATCH *Sept.2, 1988
Anderson, R.G., (1988): A Paleozoic and Mesozoic Stratigraphic and Plutonic Framework for the Iskut Map area (104B), Northwestern British Columbia, pp. A1-A5, in Geology and Metallogeny of Northwestern British Columbia, Smithers Exploration Group, G.A.C. Cordilleran Section Workshop, October 16-19, 1988
Caulfield, D.A., Ikona, C.K. (1987): *Geological Report on the Waratah Project for Tungco Resources Corporation, Feb. 1987
Burgoyne, A.A. (2009-08-07): Technical Report - Geochemical Soil and Rock Surveys on the Bug Lake Property (Bug 3 & Waratah 7 Claims)
Burgoyne, A.A. (2012-05-07): Technical Report on The Iskut Property with Special Reference to Johnny Flats & Burnie Trend Targets