Monday, August 20, 2012
Around Dawson Mining and Entertainment
It is powered by electricity from a nearby hydro-electric plant built by the mining company.
The gold here in the Yukon is tiny, there are no nuggets to find only find particles of gold and the occasional flake.
The cost of building the dredge was recovered in the first season of it's operation.
When you think about how much this machine processes and how much gold it finds it seems crazy to bother to pan for gold by hand.
There are still tons of active mines in the area which are mining claims with sluices and machinery and with the price of gold so high I bet they are making money.
We drive by a bunch of the active mines and watch a little mining, there is also another public claim and we stop to check it out and watch some 20 somethings who are camping near by pan in the river.
We didn't see them find any gold but they were having a good time.
On the drive back out of the mining loop dirt road we stopped at Claim 33 a gift shop and mining claim where you can pay to mine.
The woman there is very chatty and we learn some interesting thing about the mining.
Sadly the owner of Claim 33 was swept off his ATV while he was crossing a river and was killed. He was fairly young and was pretty successful at mining several claims in the area.