National Geographic : 1900 Jan
THE CAPE NOME GOLD DISTRICT often found to be richly auriferous. Beach diggings have been oper ated during the past summer and fall for about thirty or more miles, from Cape Nome to near Synrock. Coarse gold is being mined in Anvil, Glacier, Dexter, and Osborne creeks, and along Penny and Cripple rivers. The production of the region for the past season of 1899, as near as can be estimated, amounted to $2,000,000, of which one-half has been produced by the beach. Discovery claim and one below on Anvil Creek produced $225,000, while Snow Gulch, a very SNAKE RIVER AND NOME, FROM TUNDRA ABOUT ONE MILE WEST OF NOME small tributary of Glacier Creek, is reported to have yielded over $200,000. In the gulches the work is carried on by stripping, sluicing, and to some extent by rocking, while on the beach the method of extracting the gold has thus far been almost exclusively by rocking. Here the water used for rocking is generally that of the ocean. In a few cases, however, the sea water has been raised by steam power and sluices constructed along the beach. In the rocker the gold is caught on blankets and to some extent on copper plates coated with mercury.