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Alaska gold rush

In the late 1890’s, gold fever hit Alaska.   Hundreds of thousands of people showed up to look for their fortune.  Most didn’t make it,  many died.   Or were subject to robbery and/or murder.

We toured where the the gold rush started in Dawson City, as well as the enormously difficult passes in Skagway and the Chilkoot Pass.  Plus we had a chance to pan for gold in Gold Dredge Number 8 in Fairbanks.  These dredges transformed the landscape as they dug up the tundra looking for the elusive gold. 

Today’s gold…. the Alaska pipeline

An old pit mine

Dredge line number 8

Romola panning for gold

Another view of the dredge line

Dawson city, where the gold rush originated

How to keep the miners happy

Some of the original structures still stand, sorry of

Permafrost was not conducive as a foundation

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