I had a great time watching Parker work super hard and FIND THE GOLD, 55 ounces - YAHOO!!! It is more enjoyable for me to watch Parker Schnabel make his goals than to watch those poor boys up in the Yukon who can't seem to catch a break. They work super hard and FAIL FINDING THE GOLD. Bummer for the Oregon Crew.
What is up with those Dakota Boys? Last week they almost lost my loyalties when they treated Parker so badly, now this week they started tearing everything up. I couldn't believe my eyes when they demolished Porcupine Jo's cabin. She was a historic icon in Haines...up there with John Schnabel's status of hardworking pioneers of Alaska.
Many a young man who came up to Alaska to find their fortune started off working for the one-legged widow who could cuss better than a sailor and was known to shoot at you over gold mining claims. She owned the claim Dakota Fred is mining now. She owned it before Earl Foster. In fact, Earl worked for Porcupine Jo and eventually bought the claim from her.
I have heard some entertaining stories about Porcupine Jo and I am sad I didn't move to Haines before she left this earth. I would have liked to meet her. I am also sad to see her neat historic cabin torn down. It was a cool testament of the gold miners that came before us. Wish they would have moved it to the Porcupine City Ghost-town area a few hundred feet away.
If you want to read great stories of Porcupine Jo and John Schnabel, involving a rifle and the latter of the two being shot at read Heather Lende's book, "If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name". Warning though, her book will make you want to move here....that is what happened to me.
Well, even though Porcupine Jo's cabin is gone..the memories and stories of her live on. As we are into the Christmas Season I hope you each take time to tell your family, friends, and neighbors that you love them. Send them a Christmas card....it will make their day.
Speaking of Christmas cards, my Christmas card contest is almost over. One week left and then the judges will decide who gets the Big Nugget Mine Calendar and Parker Schnabel Poster. It could be you....believe me....you have a very good chance of winning! Read my blog post before this one to find out how to win the Big Nugget prize package.
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week.