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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  24-Jun-2013 by George Owsiacki (GO)

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NMI 104J16 Au2
Name DEFOT CREEK Mining Division Liard
BCGS Map 104J088
Status Past Producer NTS Map 104J16W
Latitude 058º 53' 59'' UTM 09 (NAD 83)
Longitude 130º 26' 24'' Northing 6529779
Easting 417032
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C02 : Buried-channel placers
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

In about 1876, gold was discovered in Defot Creek which flows north into Canyon Creek, located 23 kilometres northwest of the north end of Dease Lake.

Coarse, rough gold often full of quartz, was obtained from a 1.6-kilometre section of the creek which proved to be the most productive in 1878. The creek drains an area underlain by volcanic sandstone, argillaceous tuff and conglomerate of the undivided Triassic-Jurassic Shonektaw and Nazcha formations (Takla Group).

A total of 359,174 grams of gold was produced between 1880 and 1915. Over 90 per cent of this total was mined between 1886 and 1890 (Bulletin 28).

EMPR PF (104J General File - Claim map 73M, Dec. 1970)
EMPR BULL 19, p. 7; *28, pp. 57,58
EMPR AR 1880-427
EMPR OF 1996-11
GSC MAP 9-1957; 21-1962; 1418A; 1712A; 1713A
GSC SUM RPT 1925 Part A, pp. 33A-99A
GSC ANN RPT 1887, p. 138R
GSC P 68-48
GSC OF 707; 2779
Placer Dome File
EMPR PFD 861399