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Hyder Alaska Stewart B.C. Canada COVID-19 mining history gold rush

Friendliest mining ghost town in Alaska

Resting on the eastern fringe of the Misty Fjords National Monument, at the head of Portland Canal, the Southeast Alaska mining town of Hyder survives through a symbiotic relationship... — Updated 11/25/2020 Full story

 
Placer gold mining Eagle Gold Mine Dublin Gulch Yukon

Over a century of mining in Dublin Gulch

From sourdoughs dipping pans into creeks at the northern edge of the frontier to enormous haul trucks dumping ore on a heap leach pad, the story of Dublin Gulch is a 125-year saga of... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
Dolly Varden high grade silver mine project Kitsault Valley British Columbia

The valuable lessons of Kitsault Valley

Mining found its way to the remote Kitsault Valley in northwestern British Columbia around 1910, bringing with it the ups and downs typical of mining regions in a bygone era. Roughly 29... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
Historic ore car Keno Hill Silver District Yukon Alexco Resource

The silver-lined history of Keno City

More than a century-old silver discovery turned settlement may see a revitalization with recent exploration efforts at the Keno Hill District. Lying within the traditional land of the... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
Wise Mike Stepovich Captain Barnette Trading Post 1902 Fairbanks Alaska

An Alaskan fortune: 'Wise Mike' Stepovich

A true northern pioneer far from his Eastern European home, 'Wise' Mike Stepovich, settles in a new land and leaves behind a historic legacy in Alaska's Golden Heart City. The history of... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
Treadwell Gold Mine on Douglas Island near Juneau, Alaska

Unlikely mine district now Alaska capital

The incredibly interesting history of Juneau is a tale of gold, the persistence of a Tlingit chief and a series of chance events that allowed Alaska's future capital to grow and leave... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
Northern Mining history Atlin Gold Rush British Columbia BC Juneau

Hidden Atlin draws Klondike crowd south

By 1898, the Klondike Gold Rush was beginning to wane and many of the roughly 100,000 people that trekked to the Yukon were seeking new regions to make their golden fortunes - moving in... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 

The hope of a nation within Tin City

In the westernmost reaches of Alaska lies "Tin City," a mining settlement that all but disappeared except for a lonely radar station looking out over our seas and skies today. Located on... — Updated 9/26/2020 Full story

 
Alaska Canada mining history Nome Gold Rush

Dust on the beach at Nome creates Rush

Alaska, the Last Frontier, it is home to some of the most influential pioneering and mining discoveries in history. A rich wilderness still rife with unexplored and untapped potential.... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
Alaska Yukon Klondike Fortymile Circle Gold Rush mining district history

Before the Klondike there was Forty Mile

There are many mine sites, towns and claims that invoke familiarity and prestige in the minds of present-day prospectors, but probably none as famous as the Klondike. Klondike, and the... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
Glory to ghost; the 25-year NWT zinc town

Glory to ghost; the 25-year NWT zinc town

Like many single-industry towns, once the well dries up, people seek greener pastures. However, the residents of a place many probably have never even heard of hold on to the remnants of... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 
Stewart is now once again showing itself as a most ideal location for mining

Deep roots beget renaissance for Stewart

Northern British Columbia is known for its remote and rugged towns and few places can match that description as well as Stewart, a community at the southern tip of the province's famed... — Updated 9/25/2020 Full story

 

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