MP-1979.111.142 | Rocking, Nome Beach, Alaska, 1900

Rocking, Nome Beach, Alaska, 1900
Edwin Tappan Adney
1900, 20th century
Silver salts on film - Gelatin silver process
16 x 21 cm
© McCord Museum
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Some of the gold at Nome was found right on the beach, within sight of the ocean. Although Nome was very isolated, working the sandy beaches was much easier than digging in the permanently frozen ground of the Klondike. This photo shows clearly how the rocker box worked. The miner has his left hand on a handle used to move the box back and forth, throwing the sand and water out, leaving the gold behind. In his right hand, he holds a dipper for pouring water into the box.

Source : Off to the Klondike! The Search for Gold [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    This rocker box is being used to separate gold from sand.

  • Where

    The rocker box is set up on the beach at Nome, Alaska.

  • When

    This picture was taken during the Alaskan gold rush that followed the one in the Yukon.

  • Who

    Here are some unidentified men mining the beach for gold dust and nuggets by putting it through a rocker box.