FAIRBANKS — Tools of the Trade
When I visited Fairbanks Creek in the 1990s there were several old churn drills sitting on the tailings, obscured by trees. These drills, used to obtain ore samples, were essential for successful gold dredging. Dredges in Fairbanks operated on a slim profit margin — made even slimmer since the gold-bearing gravels were covered by varying thicknesses of overburden (up to 150 feet of silt and frozen “muck”) that had to be stripped away.
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