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Product #: 1592
11" x 9"
Pub Date: 04/01/09
Published by Gold Fever Press, distributed by Aftershocks Media
The History of Gold Dredge No. 8|
Gold Dredge No. 8 is one of the most significant relics of mining history in Alaska. Today she sits in the Goldstream Valley just north of Fairbanks, where the giant floating mechanical monster once chewed up the ground in her path, removed the gold, and spit out rock tailings behind her as she floated across a pond that she took with her as she glided across the landscape.
Maria Reeves was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She grew up at Gold Dredge No. 8, her family business, and loved teaching people about the dredge and how to gold pan. To this day she still enjoys mining for gold and searching for Pleistocene Fossils. Her family sold Gold Dredge No. 8 to the cruise company, Holland America. In 2000, Maria represented Alaska at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in the 50-yard freestyle event, then went to Northwestern on a full-ride swimming scholarship.
Maria returned to Alaska and met her husband, an officer and Blackhawk pilot in the U.S. army. She wrote The History of Gold Dredge No. 8 during his first deployment and is eager to hone her writing skills during subsequent deployments. Wherever the army leads her, she will never lose her Independent Alaskan spirit and return home often.