Monday, September 17, 2012

Mining Monday~

Scattered across the tundra
are relics left behind when their owners moved on.
 Once the dredges had outlived their usefulness or
their supporting funds had dried up,
most folks just walked away, leaving them where they last functioned.

Sometimes the dredge needed more repairs than the operators could afford to do,
or the operators went south in the cold of the fall,
and didn't return when the snow began to thaw.

Other times the price of gold dropped and it just wasn't worth the work to collect the minerals.
Occasionally the water dried up, leaving the dredge high and dry in the waning creek bed.

This mostly-wooden dredge is found in the bottom Dexter Creek.
Through the remaining skeleton, you can see the inner workings of the small craft. 

Although it isn't usable for its initial design,
it now serves as a home for
ravens and other tundra creatures.

Just another piece of Nome's golden history.....


  1. I love your little snippets of Nome's history. Hope the operator actually did make it out and there's not a skeleton within that skeleton!

  2. Great post! Some time ago the huge dredges that sat in Colorado for years were dismantled and sent to South America. I was sad to see them gone. They are Colorado`s history as they are Nome`s.


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