OWCC Talk Explores the Alaskan Gold Rush
Jock Irons will discuss the history of gold mining in Alaska from the late 1800s through the present at One World Conservation Center. (OWCC) The talk will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. Alaska has had a boom-and-bust economy ever since people first settled there in the Stone Age, but probably the largest boom followed by a bust was the Alaskan Gold Rush. Although there were sporadic smaller finds of gold in the latter half of the 19th century, the Rush really began with the discovery of gold in 1896 on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River in the adjacent Yukon Territory. This discovery started a stampede of prospectors who swarmed all over Alaska and the Yukon, and there were subsequent stampedes in several spots in the region. Nome was the first discovery in Alaska, followed by Fairbanks and Ruby. Admission to this presentation is $5, or $3 for members.
One World Conservation Center is located at 413 Route 7 South in Bennington. OWCC aims to connect community members to the local ecosystem with quality programs for schools, community groups, and adults. Explore their dog-friendly trails anytime from dawn to dusk. Trail maps are available at OWCC’s Greenberg Reserve parking area. Check out OWCC’s self-guided back packs, a great way to have fun learning about the plants and animals of the Greenberg Reserve at your leisure. All packs have been updated and include high quality binoculars. There are a variety of topics to choose from, including mammals, birds, trees and wildflowers and more. Visit oneworldconservationcenter.org or call 802-447-7419 to find out more.