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File Created: 10-Aug-2009 by George Owsiacki (GO)
Last Edit:  18-Jul-2020 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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BCGS Map 093A061
Status Past Producer NTS Map 093A12W
Latitude 052º 40' 30'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 121º 56' 11'' Northing 5836644
Easting 571907
Commodities Gold Deposit Types C01 : Surficial placers
C02 : Buried-channel placers
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel
Capsule Geology

The Birrell Creek placer showing is located along Birrell Creek, about 27 kilometres west of Likely.

The first placer mining in the Quesnel mining district was along the Quesnel River, and on Horsefly River in 1859. In 1860, new discoveries were rapidly made - Keithley, Snowshoe, and Harvey creeks were discovered and a large amount of gold was produced before the earliest production was recorded in 1874. Fully one-third of the total production of the Quesnel district is believed to have been mined between 1860 and 1873 (Bulletin 28).

Gold production was recorded from Birrell Creek in 1916-20 and totalled 17,820 grams gold (Bulletin 28). Area geology comprises basalt and volcaniclastics of the Lower Jurassic-Upper Triassic Nicola Group close to a contact with Cretaceous intrusive rocks to the west.

Data from the Cariboo mining district indicate that supergene leaching of gold dispersed within massive sulphides by Tertiary deep weathering followed by Cenozoic erosion is the most likely explanation for the occurrence of coarse gold nuggets in Quaternary sediments (Exploration in British Columbia 1989, page 147).

EMPR BULL *28, pp. 50,Fig.4; 97
EMPR EXPL 1989-147-169
EMPR OF 1987-9; 1989-14,20; 1990-31
EMPR P 1990-3
GSC MAP 12-1959; 1424A; 1538G
GSC OF 574; 844
Henneberry, R.T. (2017-08-24): NI 43-101 Technical Report - Horseshoe Bend Project
EMPR PFD 802114