Alaska Gold

Alaska Gold

Originally a silent film by the U.S. Smelting and Mining Co. from 1949, KUAC added a sound track and narration to explain the process and history of mining gold in Alaska’s rugged conditions. Β©KUAC, 1981

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  1. Scott Featherstone on January 4, 2023 at 2:04 am

    That was excellent film of gold history in Alaska

  2. Ed` Bland on January 4, 2023 at 2:08 am

    There is a CREATOR and IT returned me from death to give this information.
    I was given how ‘gold’ formed to ‘prove’ my brain injury is being restored and not believed but the FEDERAL AGENTS CYBER ATTACK.
    Growing HEMP will restore ‘soil’, restore ‘atmosphere’, restore ECONOMY.
    FEDERAL AGENT at CenturyLink4347 has hacked my computer stopping my updates. I am AFRAID to return to FACEBOOK.
    Because my doctor told me that BIG PHARMA will financially destroy any doctor that proves that THC restores brain injuries made me so upset that I taught myself MOLECULAR SCIENCE and created GOLD. You see I learned TEMPERING long ago and understood about heat manipulating molecules. When I went to the only gold shop in KALISPELL MONTANA and showed JB I reached 22K then he threw me out telling the ‘city council’ that I am creating FOOLS GOLD pass tests.
    You see copper is 179 atoms that will melt at 1400F to 1800F but ‘atoms’ must be brought to a boiling point that is 3500F and have no OXYGEN putting pressure against it or will expand exploding burning on contact. This must be done for 72 to 100 hours. 100 atoms will boil out and melted BORAX will absorb them leaving 79 atoms that is GOLD.
    All this was just to ‘prove’ that my 5.5 TBI is being restored with THC.
    You will lose 67% of weight in transition process.

  3. Tyree Josey on January 4, 2023 at 2:10 am


  4. Chris Vaughn on January 4, 2023 at 2:11 am

    1928-1964 = 38 years of dredging.
    $125 million @ $35/oz = 3.571 million ounces of gold.
    Today’s value @ $1600/oz = $5.7 billion.
    See why the government got involved?
    Of course there was ‘minimal ecological impacts’ from the uncontrolled release of mercury, building toxic ponds everywhere, poisoning thousands of residents and workers, permanently demolishing entire ecosystems.
    The government is entirely self regulated and can run by whatever standard they choose to set for their own use.
    Anybody (not affiliated with government purposes) who dares to walk to the river with a gold pan (and removes the residual mercury) is being blanket labeled as a savage baby eagle killer.
    Spin city madness.. Given the current state of endless gold collection regulations, the propaganda runs deep in this masterpiece.
    From a historical perspective, very cool stuff.
    Welcome to the modern era of tree hugging and biological imperatives. The days of overt government exploitation are long, long gone. Cant get away with raping the land, rampant taxation and trade tariffs are the new cash cow that we all get to feel the sting from.

  5. ArizonaGoldNuggets on January 4, 2023 at 2:11 am

    Good informative video! Nice gold! Here is a video I made, finding gold around the San Domingo Wash area near Morristown Arizona @

  6. Jeff Karrow on January 4, 2023 at 2:11 am

    So this guy with the paddle is working with mercury?

  7. Mary Ann Westgard on January 4, 2023 at 2:13 am

    Lived in Fairbanks in 1967-68. The ‘A/’67 Fair showed a lot of mining equipment and there was a huge dredge so it was great to see this film and to actually understand, finally, how gold was taken from the ground. Thank you so much for posting. Earthquake and Chena River Flood also when I was there. Made me a ‘sourdough’ real fast. Loved my time up there-thx again!

  8. DwynePen on January 4, 2023 at 2:17 am

    Awsome Awsome history documentary … at its finest. Miners today could learn alot here no doubt .

  9. Mark Bates on January 4, 2023 at 2:17 am

    Very interesting, A treasure of video history.
    Keep up the good work.
    Thank you.
    Wish we had interviews with some of the old miners.

  10. Steve Grant on January 4, 2023 at 2:20 am

    Wow what an insight

  11. edward ellwanger on January 4, 2023 at 2:20 am

    Work for the fe company 1980-83 wood cutter hog river . The Boss was Dan Egan his son was there ,after is father died
    he took over, Pete Egan.I work on the dredge a little bit. grue up in machine shops back east.what i like was i worked on a tourniquet lathe for the crossman arms company back in the 70s. The floor next to the fe machine shop lathe had 4by4 wood floor .A water pump shaft if you drop it ?

  12. Bill Woehl on January 4, 2023 at 2:21 am

    Pretty sure Tony Beets got that same ole dredge up and running again.

  13. Karl Allspach on January 4, 2023 at 2:21 am

    $35/oz… Oof!

  14. cyborgar15 on January 4, 2023 at 2:24 am

    That was a good film..Always saw this dredge on gold fever with Tom Massie..Cool to see the history of it..

  15. Ralph Reilly on January 4, 2023 at 2:24 am

    I’m sure glad I found your podcast really miss those shows of the Yukon with all you guys really good to see everybody’s doing okay may God look after all of you

  16. Will Linke on January 4, 2023 at 2:24 am

    Break up in any small town with a large river running thru it is still breathtaking to this day from one side of the country to the other

  17. B W on January 4, 2023 at 2:27 am

    It’s sad that all these hard workers are long gone.

  18. James Swanson on January 4, 2023 at 2:27 am

    Trust me if this thing was running you wouldn’t be able to hear the sound of boots on the deck.

  19. Tim Henry on January 4, 2023 at 2:29 am

    Is this the voice? You,,,,, voice.

  20. Mike Boucard on January 4, 2023 at 2:29 am

    Wow ..! Thank you for sharing

  21. Trish Stevenson on January 4, 2023 at 2:30 am

    I wonder how much arsenic you have put in the serene pond as you call it

  22. Nick MemphiS on January 4, 2023 at 2:32 am

    They have a marble
    Masonic building in
    Fairbanks is Amazing

  23. Arlen Margolin on January 4, 2023 at 2:32 am

    I always wondered if there was a 10,000 cubic foot thick piece of gold could ever be found somewhere

  24. Mr Moss on January 4, 2023 at 2:33 am

    Mammoth etc found in top muck above gold and heavies huh.. disproves evilutioners. Wonder what kind of event could have washed them up and buried them. Like you see in the dinosaur graveyard hmm I love prospecting but his mercy I do more.

  25. Jeff Devine on January 4, 2023 at 2:36 am

    3.5 million ounces. that is impressive

  26. Chef Mike on January 4, 2023 at 2:36 am

    The narrator sounds a lot like Nick Offerman.

  27. Chad Simmons on January 4, 2023 at 2:39 am

    i see a large dredge floating on the river, collecting sand for masonry stuff, it dumps it on a barge and gets unloaded by crane, the strong current keeps new sand flowing in, so it never moves very far

  28. Kogaion78 on January 4, 2023 at 2:40 am

    was nome beach special, or there are more beaches like nome in there ???

  29. Arlen Margolin on January 4, 2023 at 2:41 am

    What a shame that they had to use mercury to get gold to stick to it I wonder how many people were poisoned with that process

  30. Nick MemphiS on January 4, 2023 at 2:41 am

    I miss Alaska an Anchorage
    The people were cool as hell

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  32. Mountain Views on January 4, 2023 at 2:44 am

    Why does everyone say bad things about the Beets family if you know the story about this unbelievable family Tony Beets he’s a hero to so many he has been supplying people jobs for a long long time I don’t know maybe its jealousy lol I know for a fact that it’s jealousy this man came with the tiniest amount of money and a extremely young wife with a dream and I’m pretty sure he was very scared but he earned his money nobody gave him a penny and man I have to really admire that he is100 % MAN must be a awesome guy because all of his children work for his company and that’s really impressive thumbs up Tony

  33. Arvis Balodis on January 4, 2023 at 2:45 am


  34. earl Wright on January 4, 2023 at 2:45 am

    Wow, 35$ per ounce

  35. Samsonian on January 4, 2023 at 2:45 am

    @26:15 β€œGloves? We don’t need no stinking gloves…”

  36. Chad Lebbing on January 4, 2023 at 2:45 am

    What did he say about the miner supporting his shaft?

  37. Chef Mike on January 4, 2023 at 2:46 am

    Kinda wish it was in black and white

  38. Denys Poyner on January 4, 2023 at 2:47 am

    When Gold was $ 31.69 an Oz. today -1,900 an Oz. Hold doesn’t change much in value, only the dollar does.

  39. D PAGE on January 4, 2023 at 2:47 am

    More than half of his facts are inaccurate.

  40. Brandon Blount on January 4, 2023 at 2:48 am

    And every ounce is gone to the
    Bastards who made us love gold.

    I bet not one man mining ever Ask himself why ,why gold why do we hold gold in such reverence?

    Because we were created as a slave race to mine gold for them and it’s a double edge sword because the nephileam created us and it’s why everybody who invents new technology robots πŸ€–,the first thing they wanna do is phuck it.

    The ancient Sumerian and Mesopotamian tablets are not made up fiction.

  41. Morgan Adair on January 4, 2023 at 2:48 am

    At what it was sold for, from those days till now is in the billions, close as I could figure on paper a difference of sixteen billion dollars worth. Oddly our current world debt climbs and the amount of gold in reserves that someone made off with cause the gold was never used. I really don’t understand why such a defacett in price as we import more than we export and our peoples hands are tied and it never gets better. I wouldn’t want the job of president

  42. PNW Prospecting on January 4, 2023 at 2:51 am

    Ron Clark did a great narration

  43. Will Linke on January 4, 2023 at 2:53 am

    Super cool old vid! Nice stuff

  44. jack brown on January 4, 2023 at 2:55 am

    You’re way too far from the grandfather load, the grandmother load, as well as the mother load.

  45. Sutterjack on January 4, 2023 at 2:55 am

    Very interesting – so grateful that someone filmed this invaluable part of history – I didn’t realize that mercury was used on dredges. Amazing when we think that gold was prized even at $35 dollars/ounce. The old prospectors are rolling over in their graves with today’s prices (even adjusted for inflation)!

  46. Damian Butterworth on January 4, 2023 at 2:55 am

    There was peace then Tony Beets turns up to moved the dredge.

  47. Ray Unseitig on January 4, 2023 at 2:55 am


  48. Paul Jendryk on January 4, 2023 at 2:57 am

    If this was shot in b&w, it should be shown in b&w.

  49. Jeff Keener on January 4, 2023 at 2:58 am

    I’ve had the privilege of working on a number of the old USSR&M Co. properties in the Fairbanks and Nome mining districts since 1987. About half of the dredges are still located on the claims. The big dragline is still sitting near Ester, nearly obscured by vegetation. The Alaska Gold Co. (descendant of USSR&M Co.) was still running two of these dredges in Nome in 1993, as well as the big gangs of "thaw monkeys" working the cold water thaw points.

  50. kantamma kore on January 4, 2023 at 2:59 am


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