Fairbanks developed from gold fever in the late-1800's.
The city is a valley surrounded by rolling hills.
It was in a spot not far from where Josh and Kathleen are building their house
that Felix Pedro first discovered gold.
Today there are 2 very large local mining operations that supposedly withdraw millions of dollars of gold---ready for this?----every day!!
Most likely their house is sitting on a strain of gold--or two or three.
You can even buy or lease gold mines in the area. I talk about doing that and they laugh at me because you need lots of specialized dredging equipment, so they say.
Gone the days of a simple pan and gold-laden gravel by a river.
The names of the roads on the hill where they live are all gold-mining related.
This is the main road off the highway.
Sure would be fun to find a little source right out by the woodpile, wouldn't it???
Just think how life would change if we owned a little gold mine!
Jack and I have even practiced with our own tin pans.