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January 28, 2018

Gold Hunting

by oakley711

Gold Hunting – Canada

It is always a great time when you prospect in an area where you know there is really nice gold. The problem is finding that sweet spot where gold has deposited and where nobody has already cleaned.

This waterfall river is loaded in gold but it is just so hard to get to that I can only get here about 5% of the time. I spend the day doing something I dont normally do and thats dig. I think after this trip im going to stick to what I do best and thats crevicing and metal detecting for that big gold because I know its there and soon enough, I will prove it.

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Alaska gold rush - Gold Hunting

Alaska gold rush

One of the most famous gold rushes was in Canada, it was the Klondike Gold Rush that occurred between 1896 and 1899.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

he Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899. Gold was discovered there by local miners on August 16, 1896, and, when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a stampede of prospectors. Some became wealthy, but the majority went in vain. It has been immortalized in photographs, books, films, and artifacts.

To reach the gold fields, most took the route through the ports of Dyea and Skagway in Southeast Alaska. Here, the Klondikers could follow either the Chilkoot or the White Pass trails to the Yukon River and sail down to the Klondike. Each of them was required to bring a year’s supply of food by the Canadian authorities in order to prevent starvation. In all, their equipment weighed close to a ton, which for most had to be carried in stages by themselves. Together with mountainous terrain and cold climate, this meant that those who persisted did not arrive until summer 1898. Once there, they found few opportunities, and many left disappointed.

Mining was challenging as the ore was distributed in an uneven manner and digging was made slow by permafrost. As a result, some miners chose to buy and sell claims, building up huge investments and letting others do the work. To accommodate the prospectors, boom towns sprang up along the routes and at their end Dawson City was founded at the confluence of the Klondike and the Yukon River. From a population of 500 in 1896, the town grew to house around 30,000 people by summer 1898. Built of wood, isolated and unsanitary, Dawson suffered from fires, high prices, and epidemics. Despite this, the wealthiest prospectors spent extravagantly gambling and drinking in the saloons. The Native Hän people, on the other hand, suffered from the rush, being moved into a reserve to make way for the stampeders, and many died.

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