September 2003 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDRich placer gold deposits were found in the Klondike district of Yukon in 1896, and a wild gold rush ensued. The district is east and southeast of Dawson (pop. 1,300), mostly along Bonanza and Hunker Creeks, and their tributaries.
On Labor Day weekend, September 1st and 2nd, two days of furious, almost non-stop panning went on.
Half the prospecting adventures I’ve done on the Kenai Peninsula occurred in winter. Not because I enjoyed looking for gold among the ice flows or 34-degree water, but on some creeks winter is the best time to find gold after violent swirl holes slow down.
How can a miner or prospector take advantage of these speedy financing options while avoiding the risks associated with borrowing from so-called “shadow banks?”
As decade-high gold and silver prices spark a renewed interest in mining in the West, there are few mining education programs and fewer students earning mining engineering degrees due to two decades of decline in the US mining industry.
Fran, and I had made a practice of turning big boulders in gold producing areas to find some great rewards. Sometimes it was slow and frustrating, but in the end “We got the gold!”
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
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