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MINERAL

Gold

When gold was discovered by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in 1880, Alaska’s gold rush era really got underway. What the two men found was not just scattered placer deposits, but rather outcrops of a vein of quartz laced with gold. Hundreds of prospectors would soon arrive at the site that would eventually become Alaska’s capital. The Klondike rush of 1897 and the Nome rush of 1898 contributed further to the world’s focus on Alaska. Although the gold rush era ended in 1914, Alaska adopted gold as its state mineral in 1968. Not only did the discovery of gold contribute to the growth of Alaska, it has continued to uphold the state’s image as a prosperous land of great opportunity.