Alaska Mining Archives

Gold Rush: Alaska

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Gold Rush: AlaskaFollows six men who, in the face of an economic meltdown, risk everything – their families, their dignity, and in some cases, their lives – to strike it rich mining for gold in the wilds of Alaska.

Inspired by his father Jack, Todd Hoffman of Sandy, Oregon, leads a group of greenhorn miners to forge a new frontier and save their families from dire straits.

While leasing a gold claim in Alaska, Todd and his company of newbies face the grandeur of Alaska as well as its hardships, including an impending winter that will halt operations and the opportunity to strike gold. In an effort to keep the operation running, the team takes fate into their own hands with a make or break venture that will change their lives forever. Read the rest of this entry

Alaska Gold Mining Bibliography

Today I’m posting a 1997 bibliography from the US Bureau of Mines that lists all of the reports, maps, and surveys that the BM had on Alaska mining.  I guess this is about the time that the Bureau of Mines was being shut down by Bill Clinton and most of the functions merged into the BLM. 

I’m not sure if that was the last big government agency to be shutdown, but I can’t think of any other since then.

It’s not easy reading, but it’s a great research document. 

So, take a look at the list-of-blm-docs-on-alaska-mining

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True North Gold

True North is, not surprisingly, a region of Alaska that has produced an enormous amount of gold since 1912. 

It took me a time to figure out just where it was, because this docuemnt, which seems to have been prepared for the Alaska Department of Transportation is apparently missing a few pages.  Most of it is not really related to small gold prospectors, but read it until you get to the part about just how thick the original vein of gold was.

That’s probably worth the trouble of downloading it for most of you guys: alaska-mining-true-north-area

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The Bible of Gold Prospecting In Alaska

If you are thinking about going north to Alaska to go gold prospecting this is the blog post for you: Significant Metalliferous Lode Deposits and Placer Districts of Alaska by the US Geological Survey.  This is pretty much the bible of Alaska gold prospecting.

It has 110 pages of information about the various sites and productions.  It’s a little dense, but it should read like John Grisham to anyone interested in gold prospecting in Alaska.

So, check out significant-alaskan-lode-deposits-and-placer-districts

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