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Episode 18 - How to mine gold, stampeder style

Getting to the Klondike and finding a claim was only the start of your mining adventure. You then had to learn how to get the gold out of the frozen muck under your feet. The Sourdoughs had developed a huge range of ingenious techniques, and the stampeders in Dawson kept on innovating. Pans, rockers, sluice boxes, steam points and more. But until the arrival of the industrial dredges, all of these methods had one thing in common: back breaking manual labour.

Photo: Underground mining in the Klondike.

Mining tools from Gold Fields of the Klondike by John Leonard. The rocker is labelled as a "miner's cradle"



Sketch of multiple lengths of sluice box in action, from Gold Fields of the Klondike by John Leonard


Layers of frozen gravel on an Eldorado claim, from Gold Fields of the Klondike by John Leonard


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Photo above in the public domain from Wikipedia Commons.