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The Grubstake Gulch Placers, Alaska

I’m not sure if it was the cold, clear, pure drinking waters of Grubstake Gulch and Willow Creek that have drawn me over the years, or the flat nuggets of gold I have dug out now and then. Since about 1973, I’ve extensively prospected up...

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