MP-1979.111.212 | H. L. Blake panning on his claim on Buster Creek, Alaska, 1900

H. L. Blake panning on his claim on Buster Creek, Alaska, 1900
Edwin Tappan Adney
1900, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
16 x 21 cm
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

In 1899 a large gold strike was made at Nome, Alaska, on the shore of the Bering Strait. This marked the end of the Klondike rush, and many of the miners moved to Alaska. Tappan Adney went, too, and took some of his best photographs there. This picture shows a miner panning for gold. Panning was done to find out if there was enough gold in a stream to make digging worthwhile. Dirt and water were scooped up in the pan, then swirled around. The dirt and stones were lighter than the gold, and flowed up the sides and out of the pan. The gold was much heavier and sank to the bottom of the pan. With luck, when the dirt was gone, there would be flakes or nuggets of gold left at the bottom. Visitors can still pan for gold in the Yukon.

Source : Off to the Klondike! The Search for Gold [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    The miner is using a pan to look for gold in the water.

  • Where

    Buster Creek, Alaska, is west of the Klondike goldfield, across the international boundary.

  • When

    The picture was taken during the Nome gold rush, in 1900.

  • Who

    This is H. L. Blake, who owned the claim.