Gold mining is not a thing of the past in Alaska. Near Fairbanks, Juneau and Nome, you can find large-scale hard rock mines. Alaska currently produces more gold than any state except Nevada. In fact, the largest gold nugget on record, weighing 294 troy ounces or just over 20 pounds, was found during the summer of 1998 in the Ruby District of Northern Alaska. It’s called the Alaska Centennial Nugget.
Panning for gold is a popular tourist activity in Alaska with visitors hoping to find a nugget or two to take home.
Gold panning methods permitted in public areas include using simple pans to swish gravel and sluice boxes that can process more gravel. Panning is allowed in several state parks including Denali and Chugach. You might find “gold in them hills” or just create golden memories you can enjoy for a lifetime.
Community Blood Center invites you to register to donate blood at any of its locations or blood drives to be entered to win a trip for two to Alaska. For more information visit GivingBlood.org. To schedule a donation appointment visit DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-4483.