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Finding Gold in the Yukon

Gold is found through much of the Yukon with most of it associated with the Tintina Gold Belt. This is where some of the most exciting days of the Yukon gold-rush live on.

If you can remember Sgt. Preston of the RCMP you are too old to read this. The story that was popular on the radio days right after World War II was about the Yukon Gold-rush. It always had do-gooders and evil-doers. The action was around the evil-doers trying to steal somebody else’s gold or dogs. Although the story itself was pure fiction many of the events it was depicting were true.

Yes there is plenty of gold that was and is found in the Yukon Territory of Canada. A good deal of this gold is in western Yukon that is associated with the Tintina Gold Belt (TGB) an arc of gold bearing rocks that extends from northern British Columbia through the western Yukon Territory and across the whole State of Alaska. The TGB has been known since 1886 and has spawned more then one gold-rush. The most famous was the Klondike gold-rush of 1892 that is famous for being the last great gold-rush in America although the would be miners had to pass through the Yukon Territory to get to the Klondike gold diggings that were in Alaska.

Ever since it was originally discovered in 1886 the TGB has been extensively studied by the USGS and their Canadian counterparts the CGS. Today the TGB is recognized as one of the most if not the greatest gold province in the world. It is in such a wild terraine that most of it has never been explored using modern techniques.

Many of the mines being worked in the Yukon are placer mines, but these are a far cry from the days of gold panning. Many of them are major industries in their own right using millions of dollars worth of equipment including self-contained dredges.

The author had the opportunity of seeing one of these commercial operations on the day it closed down for the season, It was then that they recovered the gold that was caught in the sluice-box. They used grills from catch-basins to trap the gold, in addition the bottom of the sluice-box was covered with indoor-outdoor carpet to retain the fines. The Tax-man from the territory was there to see that the Yukon’s coffers got their due.

When the last of the waters drained from the sluice-box workmen used steel hooks to remove the grates at the bottom. There was so much gold that had been caught by the grates they had to use shovels to pick it up and place into buckets. You never saw anything like this in your life! After the gold had been shoveled up the carpet was removed from the bottom and washed in a large tank to recover any gold fines that were entrapped by the carpet. We never knew how much gold was recovered that day, but it was enough to pay all the mine’s expenses. It also had to pay the Taxman along with making a profit for the miners.

Gold is found throughout the Yukon with special emphasis being given to areas having placer gold that are large enough to be commercially operated. There are plenty of these areas as well as opportunities for the smaller gold miner. The potential for lode gold mines is just being tapped, even as we speak.

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References:

Tintina Gold Province Study, Alaska ans Yukon Territory, 2002 – 2007, http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2007/3061/fs2007-3061.pdf

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