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The Prospectors' Pick: The People of the Yellowknife Gold Boom 1936-1951 [Paperback]

Geddes Webster

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Book Description

Oct. 25 2007
Immediately after WWII ended in 1949, Yellowknife, located 500 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories, was already the centre of a gold boom with three new producing gold mines. It attracted prospectors, promoters, entrepreneurs, politicians, recently discharged servicemen, the mining and geological fraternities of the world, bankers, businessmen, bush pilots, preachers, teachers, nurses, natives, field and bush men, newly married couples, and rascals. Prospecting spread over all the NWT and although thousands of small gold discoveries were made, but most proved to be negative. The old town of Yellowknife soon became an overcrowded, unsanitary place, but in spite of healthy problems everyone had their own play and went about their daily businesses. A new town site was soon developed, and it is now the capital of the NWT and the centre of the Canadian diamond business. I was part of the boom and life there was, to say the least, exciting.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (Oct. 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425109012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425109011
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #630,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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