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About The Sumpter miner. (Sumpter, Or.) 1899-1905 | View Entire Issue (July 22, 1903)
Wednesday, July 22, 1903
THE SUMPTER MINER
Increased From Two And
Half To Eight Millions
Since J 897.
The gold output of Alaska increas
ed from 12,000,000 lu 1807 to about
98,000,000 iu 1002. Most of the
Alaskan gold comes from placer dig
gings. Few quartz mines outside the older
mines, such as tho famous Troadwell,
near Juneau, are producing any
metal. The quartz mines of Southern
Alaska are bolng opened, aud within
the next few years will add materially
to the mineral production of the
At present, bowovor, at least thre
fourths of the gold obtained in
Alaska is coming from tho placer
mines. They produced 10,000,000
or more in 1002, about $5,GOO,000
coming from the Seward peninsula
As is mentinouod above, about
oloven-twolftha of tho placer gold
mined last year came from the
Seward peninsula, on whose southwest
coast the famous Nome beach is
situated. Though the yield of this
district was about 15,500,000, the
year was not favorablo for the largest
The months of July aud August,
the height of the mining year, were
dry, and hence little sluicing
could be done. The output would
have been much larger if water had
been available earlier iu tho season.
The socalled tundra placers baok of
the beaoh still continue to be worked,
but their development has not been
commeusurato with their probable
importance. During the four years
since tho discovery of the Nome
placers the gold seeker has
gradually worked bis way inland, so
that some prospecting has beou douo
over nearly ttierSintlro Seward
peninsula. During the last season
gold mining was going on in the
Nome region proper in the region of
the Solomon and Eldorado rivers
and along other streams tributary
to Behring Sea, mainly, as the map
shows, in the south part of te
The large, inorease in the output
of Ophir Creek, a northern tributary
of the Niukluk, Is of special interest.
Its production last year was over
91,000,000, and there is no reason
to doubt that other streams may
have similar development.
The new diggings in the Copper
River region produced about 925,000.
Gold in commercial quantity has
been found at widely separated places
in the Copper River basin.
The Chistochlna gold fields, from
which nearly all the gold of this
region has been obtained, is in the
basin of river of that name which
joins the Copper about 200 miles
from the coast. The district con
tains several gold producing creeks
which are reached by trail from
Valdes. Miller Gulch in this district
supplied about 9175,000 of last
year's yield. Gold placers known to
exist In other parts of the Copper
River territory have not yet been
The Cook Inlet region and the
Porcupine district produced about
9100,000. No very rich placers
bave been found in the Cook Inlet
region, though it has long been a
small gold produceer In the district
around the headVof the Inlet and
Tho Porcupine district is a small
placer gold Hold about thirty miles
from Pyramid harbor on Lynn Canal.
Tho placers occur largely In tho
stream bed of Porcupine Creek,
aud to work them it has boon
uecenmiry to divert tho WHtor of the
stream by means of sluices to giro
access to tho gravels iu tho creek
bed. This development was iu
progress last year, aud tho district
has not yet reached a largo pro
Tho remainder of tho placer gold
produced last year, about 9175,000,
came from tbho Yukon basin, chiefly
from tho now diggings ou Glen
Creek. This creek is a small
tributary of Baker Crook, which
enters the Tauaua from tho uorth
about eighty miles from tho Yukon.
Tho Glen Creek mining camp is
on the site of the most important
discovery of placer gold made lu the
Interior of Alaska during tho seasons
of 1001 aud 1002. Tho camp is
about twenty-eight miles nearly duo
south of tho town of Rampart ou tho
Yukon River. Iu somo places tho
pay streak has a width of from twenty
to sixty foot, and iu one place a pay
streak sovou foot thick Is reported.
Tho Nome gold placers aro confined
to tho little streams aud benches
within an area of about one mile
wide aud two to threo miles long.
Cousidorablo gold was ulso taken
out of the Upper Koyukuk basin,
the large northern tributary of tho
Yukon. The metal Is chiefly derived
from a half dozen creeks tributary
to the river aud about 000 miles
from its mouth.
The Birch Creek region tributary
to the Yukon near tho Arctic Circle,
is also producing somo gold. At
various other places also a little
placer miulug.is being done on small
creeks tributary lo the Yukou.
American Alining News.
HENRY HEWITT. JB,
. L. KENNON
vice Ptr & (ifn'l Mgr.
Src. anj Trn.
OFF ON VACATION.
Hon. I H. Rcbbins Left Yatcrday
v s Will Return in Stptcmbcr.
Hon. J.r II. Robbins loft yesterday
to speud bis vacation at Priest's
Lake, Idaho. Mrs. Robbins and their
sons left Saturday for Pendleton,
where they will be joined by Mr.
Robbins, who will spend a day or
so in Baker City on business matters
before leaving. A number of
Pendleton people will be in the
Mr. Robbins will go to Spokane
about September 1, where he will
spend a short time arranging business
affairs returning here durng the
early part of the month. Mr.
Robbins will open an office lu the
First National Bank building, where
he will transact business relating to
his interests in the district. Mrs.
Robbins will go with her sons to
Portland or wherever it is definitely
decided for them to attend school.
Some reports have it that Mr. Robbins
is going to make his headquarters lu
Spokane, others state Seattle, and so
on. He says:
"My Interests are here and it is
natural for me to come baok to
Sumpter to look after tbem. I will
open an office here after my vaoation
and attend to my busniess affairs.
Dr. Greenlee, dentist, over Basche
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