The “Chuck It Out” Nugget
November 2019 by R. V. Larson
This was no ordinary nugget. It had not traveled very far from its nearby source, and that did mean a lot, as we were searching for the source of several such nuggets found during a gold rush that occurred in 1859.
A treasure-seeking young man whose name will forever remain anonymous made the months-long journey either over land or by sailing ship to California after word spread about the gold strike in 1849.
I’ve been following the precious metals for decades, and I haven’t seen a move this powerful in many years.
Alaska is getting a lot of interest these days, not least because of all the gold prospecting shows on television. Hardly a month seems to pass without some new prospecting show being announced, and a couple of the most popular feature Alaska.
Just three weeks ago one of our prospecting team members decided to go back to this location on his own. He had a new detector and wanted to try it out some.
This wash was not far from where I once dug a half-ounce nugget, so I knew there was gold in the area.
...we finally got back to this exploration effort. The old works there were up above the old camp, which was very significant in size.
During this trip we found enough gold to make us want to come back, even with the punishment of a very long, tough hike.
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