ALASKAN ADVENTURE 1998

Chicken - Changing

tourists join in.
  Susan had her Icelandic horse all decked out in red, white and blue bunting, and Everett was going to give rides to the children there. Unfortunately, all the excitement and noise was just too much for the young horse, and we had to abandon that idea.
  Another contest involves guessing the weight of a container partially filled with gold. The container used this year was a plastic liquid dish soap bottle. You pay to guess, and the winner gets a percentage of the income, and the balance goes to the Fortymile Miners fund. I guessed in the 35 oz range. Ingrid Seuffert was the winner, with a guess of about 65 oz. I haven't had any experience with that weight, but I understand she has. Congratulations, on both counts.
  Above all the above is the comraderie and enthusiasm of the people participating in the picnic.
  If you plan on visiting Chicken, and can make it during the 4th of July, I recommend it.

  Gold was discovered in the Fortymile River area in 1886, and the river and its creeks have been mined every year since. About 1936, Alaska Gold bought up many of the claims around Chicken and brought in the dredge shown here. The dredge operated until 1967. At that time, it was closed up and has set as you see it.
  This past year, the George and Ingrid Seuffert Family purchased the land, including the old town of Chicken, from Alaska Gold. They also bought the Goldpanner from Bill and Mary Morris, which sat on the land purchased from Alaska Gold.
  However, Bernie Karl purchased the dredge, and had to move it about two miles to get it off the land Seuffert purchased from Alaska Gold. Unbelievably, they moved it in tact, in a period of about a month. The dredge operated electrically. The electricity was produced by two large Caterpillar engines. When they shut down the

Fortymile 4th of July

picnic. Besides a big dinner, they have gold panning contests and an egg toss contest.
  Peggy and some of the ladies formed a group to make a special quilt, each making a piece. They will auction it off next year at the picnic.
  Most of the miners are scattered out on the river and its many creeks during the summer, but a good many of them make the 4th of July Picnic. It is definitely the biggest gathering of the miners during the year, and many

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