Alaska's next & coming gold rush.During the winter of 1896-97 vague reports came out from the Yukon that rich deposits of placer gold had been struck on the Klondike, a tributary entering from the east in British territory. A few venturesome men left from the States in February or March in time to get down to the river before the ice broke.
On July 17, glaring headlines in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is one of two daily newspapers in Seattle, Washington, United States, the other being the Seattle Times. History
The P-I, Seattle's first newspaper, was founded on December 10, 1863 as the Seattle Gazette declared that the steamer Portland was coming in with a "Ton of Gold", a portion of the clean-up of the new gold field. This was wired over the world, and thousands of men from all lands turned their faces toward the new El Dorado El Dorado, legendary country of South America
El Dorado (ĕl`dərä`dō, –rā`–) [Span.,=the gilded man], legendary country of the Golden Man sought by adventurers in South America. . Men and women poured into Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, clamoring for transportation to the new diggings.
A century later, "Klondikeitis" may not be at the same fever pitch fever pitch
A state of extreme agitation or excitement.
a state of intense excitement
Noun 1. it was then, but from many indications, digging for gold "Digging for Gold" is a single by the Australian folk punk band Mutiny, released in 2002 by Haul Away Records. Track listing
"Absolutely", says former State Representative Cynthia Toohey; when asked about the high level of interest in gold today. Toohey has operated the Crow Creek Crow Creek may refer to the following bodies of water in the United States:
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. a small piece of Alaskana to take back home with them. But we do see lots of people who are serious about the industry."
Today's gold prices hover around the $300-an-ounce mark.
"Of course, we would like it up around $700-an-ounce, as it was only a few years ago," says George Schmidt of the Alaska Miners Association. "So much of the interest in digging for gold depends to some extent on the stock market. For the most part, the casual tourist doesn't care about the price of gold. They're happy just to take home a flake or two of gold and tell friends of their "adventures."
Even the Division of Motor Vehicles has caught the "gold fever Noun 1. gold fever - greed and the contagious excitement of a gold rush
fever - intense nervous anticipation; "in a fever of resentment" ". Vehicles in Alaska are dorning the first new registration plate in 16 years, one with a design that honors the sourdoughs of the 1898 Gold Rush. The new design, picked by a subcommittee of the Gold Rush Centennial Task Force, features a group of miners climbing a snowy mountain slope, reminiscent of the eponymous image of a passel of sourdoughs on the high trail to Chilkoot Pass Chilkoot Pass (chĭl`kt), alt. c.3,500 ft (1,070 m), in the Coast Mts., on the British Columbia–Alaska line. above Skagway. You'll have only a little while to enjoy these commemorative plates. The law authorizing the new plate requires returning to the current plate in 2004.
Twenty-five percent of all gold mined in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. comes from Alaska. Ft. Knox, the large-scale hard-rock gold mine and mill nearly 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks produces 1,000-ounce gold dore' ingots, equal to a day's worth of work at the gargantuan gar·gan·tu·an
Of immense size, volume, or capacity; gigantic. See Synonyms at enormous.
huge or enormous [after Gargantua, a giant in Rabelais' mine.
The mine capacity is about 36,000 tons (of ore processed) a day. It is permitted to run up to 50,000 tons a day.
Each prospector, geologist and property owner can dream of hitting a mother lode Mother Lode, belt of gold-bearing quartz veins, central Calif., along the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The term is sometimes limited to a strip c.70 mi (110 km) long and from 1 to 6 1-2 mi (1.6–10.5 km) wide, running NW from Mariposa. , equal to or even surpassing in richness the 4.1 million ounce gold deposit at Ft. Knox - the State's current gem.
"I think the last three or four years have seen a resurgence of interest in gold mining in Alaska," says Jeff Reed Jeff Reed can refer to:
"From our business standpoint, interest in gold mining is about equal between residents and tourists. Your typical tourist isn't really interested in the price of gold. He or she just wants the satisfaction of telling their friends and family that they got to do what people a hundred years ago did for a living."
Depending on your "gold fever" thermometer, Reed can satisfy the weekend curiosity seeker or the larger companies. "We can outfit most anyone who wants to dig for gold as low as $30 on up to the more serious-minded and set them up with sluice boxes for $100 or if you want a dredge from $800-$1000."
Nome's story begins in the autumn of 1897 when a group of prospectors bound for the Klondike was caught by the freeze-up at St. Michael, the old Russian Old Russian
The Russian language as used in documents from the middle of the 11th to the end of the 16th century. post on Norton Sound Norton Sound, inlet of the Bering Sea, c.150 mi (240 km) long and 125 mi (200 km) across at its widest point, W Alaska, S of the Seward Peninsula. Norton Bay is its northeast arm. Nome is on the north shore and the Yukon River flows into the sound from the south. opening on the Bering Sea Bering Sea, c.878,000 sq mi (2,274,020 sq km), northward extension of the Pacific Ocean between Siberia and Alaska. It is screened from the Pacific proper by the Aleutian Islands. The Bering Strait connects it with the Arctic Ocean. . Not wishing to stay idle all winter, a few men crossed the sound and found a little gold, enough to pique their interest and come back the following summer. Three men, John Brynteson, Jafet Lindeberg Jafet Lindeberg (born September 12. 1873, died November 1962) came from Kvænangen in Norway. He found gold in Alaska, and became a co-founder of the city of Nome. Background
Emergency help and Erik Lindblom, organized a mining district, and staked out 47 other claims in the names of everybody they knew. They returned to camp for the winter, swearing one another to secrecy. But such secrets do not keep.
Cape Nome had become a tent town of 250 people; by early summer the population had risen to 1,000. By the end of the century, Nome had 100 saloons (only of which 20 proprietors had paid their annual town license fees of $1,500), six bakeries and five laundries.
In the Alaska Gold Rush of 1898, those fortunate enough to be able to afford them, paid as much $350-a-head for dogs for their dog sleds to make the 2,000-mile trek from the Yukon to then Cape Nome. The first days saw many panners earn as much as $1,800 worth of the precious metal.
"Back then, gold mining was strictly a get-rich quick lifestyle for many people," says Schmidt. "It was their bread and butter. Today, there are three types of interests. You have your large companies; the family-run placer mines, maybe 150 families in Alaska, and the individual (recreational) miner."
"I never really thought of the gold rush of one hundred years ago being anything like the gold fever of today. It's a little difficult to think of the two as the same," continued Schmidt.
"Regulations haven't really put a damper on how much mining goes on in Alaska. Our State government is pretty cooperative with miners. And our Congressional delegation has been positive as far helping the mining industry. It's the Secretary of the Interior (of the U.S.) who we have the most problem with."
The Klondike, a region in the western Yukon Territory Yukon Territory, territory (2001 pop. 28,674), 207,076 sq mi (536,327 sq km), NW Canada. Geography and Climate
The triangle-shaped Yukon territory is bordered on the N by the Beaufort Sea of the Arctic Ocean, on the E by the Northwest Territories, , Canada, was the site of the great gold rush in the late 1890s. The Klondike is in the vicinity of Dawson, where the Klondike and Yukon Rivers Arctic Watershed
The game is based loosely on the concepts from SameGame. ; six months later the number had climbed to 5,000. Yet the real stampede was yet to come.
The Alaska-Treadwell Gold Mining Company (in Juneau) was the first large-scale mining operation in Alaska, and one of the most bountiful. Between 1882 and 1917 when a cave-in and flood finally put it out of business, the Treadwell alone produced gold worth nearly 10 times the $7.2 million purchase price of Alaska. Its stamp mills - which extracted gold particles from one brought up from depths of 2,000 feet and more - were the largest in the world.
Of treasure ships laden with gold and bearing the germs of an epidemic disease called "Klondikeitis", which drove a continent to madness. The discovery of gold and the influx of argonauts Argonauts: see Jason; Argo; Golden Fleece.
In Greek legend, a band of 50 heroes who went with Jason in the ship Argo to retrieve the Golden Fleece from the grove of Ares at Colchis. to the North spanned many decades. The quest never really ended and even today hopeful prospectors and weekend adventurers don rubber boots and wade into Alaska's icy streams anticipating the glimmer of gold in their pans. The decade that spanned 1894 and 1904 was the time in Alaska's history that was most full of the excitement, frenzy, passion, poignancy and dreams that characterize "Gold Fever."
Nobody can predict the future, but the prospects for mineral potential are great in Alaska, according to Ft. Knox General Manager Steve Lang. And with that potential, there are favorable conditions for the long-term. Given these positive conditions, the industry should grow, but nothing compared to the sea of humanity that stampeded through Alaska a century ago.