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SUBMITTED STORIES FROM VARIOUS AUTHORS
In 1892, $1 million face value of gold coins were buried on the
island of Adak by illegal seal pirates. The coins were placed in small food
tin cans cached in numerous shallow deposits near the shoreline of the
island. Nearly all of the cans have yet to be recovered.
Two men robbed a riverboat steamer of $13,000 in gold dust and nuggets,
contained in an iron box, around 1890. Aboard the boat as passengers, they
stole the chest from a locked room at night, tied a rope around the chest at
one end and a life preserver at the other end. Making careful notes of
landmarks, they pushed the chest overboard in the river ( between Tanana and
Kokrines ) where the Tanana River joins it. They disembarked at the next rest
stop and returned to the site, but could not find the chest. Somehow the
life preserver had come loose from the rope and the chest was lost in the
river. The men were later captured, but the chest of gold could not be
A young prospector, remembered only as "Frank", accumulated a great number of
fruit jars full of gold dust and nuggets during the gold rush in the Klondike
around 1897. He took a dozen jars home with him on a trip to Welsh Hill, PA,
but when he returned to the Klondike he mysteriously died. His intentions had
been to pick up the remaining fruit jars filled with gold and sell his claim
near Dawson. The jars must still be there.
A guard, on a steamboat carrying $40,000 in gold dust and nuggets, stole the
sacks from the ship's strongroom in the 1890s and buried the gold ashore while
the boat was tied up at the Fairbanks wharf. He was found out, tried and sent
to prison where he died without ever recovering the treasure.
Iditarod ( now a ghost town ), on the Iditarod River between the Yukon and
Kuskowim Rivers, reached a peak population of 2,000 people during the Gold
Rush and was widely known as a gambler's paradise. Over $18.5
million dollars was removed from area mines from 1910 to 1942. Lots of
caches are rumored to be hidden nearby.
A cache of $50,000 in gold coins, known as the Tramp Stranger
Treasure, is buried in the
The legendary Gold Rush of 1898 took place along Anvil Creek, 4
miles N of
Nome. A tent city stretching for 15 miles along Nome Beach
sprang up. The number of ruins in this area are uncountable and is a paradise
for relic and coin cache hunters.
In 1884, three prospectors traveling across the St. Elias Mtns.,
Yukon River, came to a small lake where they found the bar
literally covered with gold nuggets. They stored over 1,000 lbs. in a nearby
cave. Indians killed two, one escaped & never returned for the gold.
Many abandoned gold mines and miners cabins can be found S. of
Anchorage along the Seward Hwy.
18 sacks of highgraded gold ore are cached in an abandoned mine
shaft on the N side of the
Harris River, about 3 miles from the mouth and tidewater of
Twelvemile Arm. The cache was secreted there in 1927.
legendary gold rush of 1898 took place along Anvil Creek, 4 miles N of Nome.
tent-city stretching for 15 miles along Nome Beach sprang up and two years
later, the entire
peninsula was being worked. In 1899, the beaches yielded $10
in gold. Today, the beaches are still worked by gold seekers.
The number of ruins in
this area are uncountable and is a paradise for relic and
coin cache hunters.
1884, three prospectors traveling across the St. Elias Mountains near Yukon
came to a small lake where they found the bar literally covered with gold
The first one they picked up weighed 10 pounds; another 50 pounds.
built a cabin and remained at the lake for weeks, picking up gold nuggets by
handful and storing them in a nearby cave. They estimated their accumulated
1/2 ton or more. A band of hostile Tlinget Indians struck, killing one of
miners and burned the cabin. The other two managed to escape and, after
enduring unbelievable hardship, reached the states. One of the men became
paralyzed and the other headed back to the site the following summer but
wasnever heard from again. It is believed that he was killed by the Indians
in his attempt to recover the gold.
- Somewhere in the St. Elias Mountains near the Yellow River is a place called
the Lake of the Golden Bar. Three prospectors found and worked the site for
about 5years and in 1884, had accumulated 500 pounds of nuggets which was
stored in a nearby cave. The men were trapped in a blinding blizzard and died.
When their remains were later found, one prospector's diary mentioned the gold
being buried, but the site was never found.
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