MP-1979.111.5 | Nugget from Chechabko Hill, on book, about 1920

Nugget from Chechabko Hill, on book, about 1920
Edwin Tappan Adney
About 1920, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
10 x 12 cm
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Miscellaneous (671) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

These impressive nuggets date from 1920 and show that there was still plenty of gold in the Yukon, even after most of the miners had left. By that year the population of the territory had shrunk by 90%, to just over 4,000. Cheechako Hill (the word means "newcomer" or "foreigner" in Chinook language) was a place where veteran miners were sure there was no gold. But some southern greenhorns staked claims there and struck it rich. Robert Service wrote a book of poetry called Ballads of a Cheechako. Note that Tappan Adney has slyly photographed the nuggets on top of a copy of his own book.

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

  • What

    These two impressive gold nuggets were found in the Klondike.

  • Where

    The nuggets were found at Cheechako Hill in the Klondike, on one of the creeks that produced millions of dollars' worth of gold in 1897-98.

  • When

    The nuggets were found in 1920, when gold was still being commercially mined in the Yukon.

  • Who

    The nuggets were probably found by men working for the Yukon Consolidated Gold Company, rather than by private miners.