NOME, Alaska Gold Panning PaydirtAlaskan gold prospecting in the comfort of your own home!
For the hardcore gold panner, we offer 1/2 pounds of super rich concentrated gold panning material loaded with heavy black sands and challenging fine gold.
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If you think you are a good panner or want to become one then you have to try this stuff. Heavily laced with fine and flour Alaskan gold and sometimes small garnets too this material will provide lots of panning pleasure. We've recreated this material to closely simulate what it was like for those early miners trying to strike it rich on the gold beach near Nome, Alaska. Loaded with dense and super challenging black sands! See if you measure up! (scroll down to order)
VIDEO INFO: shows Nome, Alaska beach boxes at work at the GPAA club site and the fruits of their labor.
Nome, Alaska History
When destitute gold miners on the beach at Nome, Alaska realized that the ruby colored sand at their feet was laced with gold, they must have thought that they had died and gone to heaven. The beach strike was a poor man's paradise where digging and panning the gold was said to be easier than stealing it. The work required only a shovel, a bucket or can, and a crude, easily built rocker box. Efficient use of the rocker box required two or more people, with one filling the hopper, another pouring water over the sand and another rocking the cradle. The shallow diggings on the beach were open to everyone; beach land could not be staked by any individual. If you left your diggings another gold prospector could move in. Poet Sam Dunham wrote in 1900, "For many miles along the beach, double ranks of men were rocking, almost shoulder to shoulder, while their partners stripped the pay streak and supplied the rockers with water and pay dirt." At the height of the summer mining season, nearly 2000 men, women and children were rocking on the beach. It is estimated that the "beachcombers" mined and panned as much as $2 million in gold from the sand. By fall of 1899, Nome, Alaska was easily reached by ship, and had become a booming city of about 5,000. Among the variety of businesses were at least 20 drinking establishments, 16 lawyers, 11 physicians, 12 general merchandise stores, 4 real estate offices, 4 drug stores, 3 watchmakers, 3 fruit and cigar stores, 5 laundries, 4 bath houses, 2 paper hangers, 2 hospitals and one "massage artiste."
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Gold Rush Centennial Task Force, State of Alaska.
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