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Great adventure and chronicling of it Steve. The pictures are an added bonus and really bring the narrative alive.

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A beautiful chronicle, thanks again.

 

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Yes....that is a great couple of photos. I notice in the black & white photo of back in the day that where that white building is/was, how much material has built up on that slope in the later more present day photo. There must have been some sluicing work done further up that gully.

Thanks to Steve for taking the time in sharing your great photos & your memories of another chapter in time of that historic mining area. I enjoyed every second of it, as you would have living it. ? Even though for us here in NZ/Australia it is almost on the other side of the planet from us, like JR Betty said, "Oddly familiar". Many thanks.

Good luck out there

JW :smile:  

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You are right Steve, the effort those old timers went to is nothing short of unbelievable. In Alaska's Interior where I lived I found a lot of evidence of mining in the old days. Not much for flumes like you pictured, but lots of old shafts, some as deep and 100 feet. Old wooden sluice boxes are common. And old boilers for thawing perma-frost and frozen winter ground.

I found a lot of this kind of evidence because I was a trapper in winter and had access to ground that was inaccessible in summer. Some of those old boilers were huge. And just thinking about how they got them into those remote locations made me weak and tired.

Of course some of that heavy stuff was hauled in by sled and mules/horses in winter along the frozen rivers.

Many times old mining areas could be discovered by extensive old tree cutting, with only the stumps remaining. They had to cut a lot of trees for boilers and heating cabins in winter, not to mention building of cabins and sluice boxes. 

At the turn of the century miners started using huge riveted pipe to bring water from distant locations. This was in place of wooden flumes and a lot of it was done by bigger mining companies. Some of the large companies around Fairbanks brought water from miles away like this for running the bucket line dredges. Some of that riveted pipe was so large a man could stand up in it stooped over a bit.

That reminds me, I think I have a picture of that pipe somewhere. Will post it if I can find it.

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That Alaskan flume building is crazy. I thought the ditches they built in the Sierra's for doing the same thing were pretty incredible...I take it back.

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Flak, our California boys were no joke either!  I dont know what these guys were eating  to work that hard.

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We Aussies weren't shirkers either, Wes. :biggrin:

The giant water flume Lightning creek, Omeo, VIC

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