Tom Ashworths Prospectors Cache


Alaska is a very large state and the easiest way I could think to list it is by the region. Although the rest of my page list the gold locations by counties, I think the best way to do this for Alaska, is to list the region. Therefore you will need to know the regions that you are interested in. Most Alaskan prospectors don't have a problem with this, but if you have difficulty feel free to email me.

Gold was found in Alaska as early as 1848 in Kenai River, on a peninsula with the same name, by a Russian mining engineer. After the United States purchased "Seward's Folly" and miners had left the disappointment of mining in the Cassiar gold locations, gold was discovered southeast of Juneau around Windham and Sumdum Bays. Major lode veins were found near Juneau in 1880.

For more information you should see U. S. Geological paper # 610. This paper describes 43 mining districts that produced more than 10,000 ounces or more. The total gold production as stated in this paper is 29,225,071 ounces.

There are so many gold localities in Alaska that the U. S. Geological paper is not enough. You can also use U. S. Geological Survey Mineral Investigations Resource Map MR-32 and Lode Gold and Silver Occurrences in Alaska. Also MR-38 Placer Gold Occurrences in Alaska.

Many large areas are withdrawn from mineral entry, so be sure to check before mining.

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