Life in the Alaska Gold Rush
July 2007 by Frank Lorey IIIThe discovery of gold in the Klondike in August 1896 brought a rush that became a bonanza for a few, and hardship and disaster for many. The remoteness of the discovery site, and the extremely harsh climate made the effort to recover gold foolhardy for all but the most prepared.
One caller wondered why he should be required to join MMAC, asked why MMAC was not a non-profit, and compared it to some kind of extortion attempt. If he had questions like these, I assume there are others with similar questions and I will address them here.
The following are situations that the modern prospector would do well to research. Some specific areas are described, but more importantly they present background into what the author feels are worthwhile and generally overlooked situations...
When Jimmy stuck his head in my office that morning, little did I realize that his question would lead to a surprising collaboration. “Hey, Slusher, did you know that the Rock Shop out east of Deming has a pile of our ore in their back yard?”
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Interestingly enough, when I first started to think about writing this article I was listening in on a conversation my wife was having with our nine-year-old twin boys. Just to add some clarification to the subject, I spend a large proportion of my time out in the...
Q: [I have] fine gold in activated coconut shell carbon after treatment with a battery charger, battery and salt, from my deep wells. In the furnace, the carbon does not burn away to free the gold, but mixes worse than ever...
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