Bio: Huntzicker, Geo. Jr. (4-May-1900)
Contact: Laurel Bragstad Schaub
Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Wis.) 5-4-1900
George Huntzicker, Jr., is now at Cape Nome.
Cape Nome, Alaska
In September 1898, discoveries on Anvil, Mountain, and Snow Creeks precipitated Alaska's greatest gold rush. In October of the same year, the Cape Nome Mining District was organized and claims filed on 7,000 acres. Included in the Mining District are the locations of the Discovery Claim on Anvil Creek, E.O. Lindblom Placer Claim, and No. 1 on Snow Creek Placer Claim. The discovery of gold at Anvil Creek on September 20, 1898, was the first large gold placer strike to be made in Alaska proper. The resulting rush to Nome in 1899-1900 was Alaska's greatest gold stampede, both in its yield of precious metals and in its influence in increasing the territory's population. At least 12,000 gold seekers came to a region that had been previously inhabited by only a handful of whites, and, between 1898 and 1910, the gold fields yielded over $57 million. Anvil Creek Gold Discovery Site, designated the 21st of December, 1965, is now part of this larger Cape Nome Mining District Discovery Site.
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