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 - THE COPPER RIVER VALLEY Its Miner al Wealth and...
THE COPPER RIVER VALLEY Its Miner al Wealth and Great , Future. . A WORLD BEATER Story off the Discovery and De velopomtnt off the Orea OoM and Copper s Mines.- What may bo Expected. In the spring of 1808, the transitorta-tion companies by booming the Copper river country, succeeded in attracting the attention of a large number of peo-te mostly of the eastern and Now Eng-laud StabesJThese iieople to the number about ItiUtt fended in Valdez buy da r-iug the spring of that year, with the intention of crossing the coast t the interior and prospecting the Copper river country nd crossed what In now known a Valdez Glacier, into the iuterior making their war by fol lowing the KJutwna riw to the lake of the same . name, there either laiildiug cabin or.djbatiug through the rapids.to i opKr wsuter, wbkii is situated at tne confluence of the Klutena elver with the Copper river,of the white men. and the "Etna" of the uatfag, Thiscump a-maed a poisilation of from 500 to 70 people, a few of the more active and veutursome of the argouautit pushed ahead either lip the Copper towards 1 the TanivauR river, or down toward the , Chityua, but a majority scratched hole in the vicinity of Copper Center and ' not finding nuggets like pigeon egg decided that the country wa X. . and an exodu commenced, and the tide of diguted prospector (?) flowed i gain toward the coast, and by the end or the year over two third had left the country, having either sold their cache for a uomiual sum or, a in one or two e withiu the writer knowledge. de. etroy t!wm. The pitiful story of that ! time ie t to well known to the Valdeziau to need repetition here. Suffice it to say that the men who loft the country at , that time were practically the inexperienced portion of those who had made 1 the venture in the former pring. i Even ut tbi tim while no ubsolute informal ion wtw obtainable it was gen-i erally kowu that good prospeet had ! been found in various localities. Tbe epidegiie of Kcnrvy at twolve mile ,camp uud Copper Center, coupled with ' the larger percentage who travelled duriug the spring of 1800. Forty Mile anil tbe Yukon, further depleted the rauk of the argonaut, and probably , not over 1150 nien remained in the Cop per river w atershed during that yea r i In the autumn Messr. Hazelett aud ! Meal- and Mr. Dempey came down from the Chet ichina bringing new rt j the richness of that section. Thi was ! received, "cum gruno sal us" by thi J majority. Simultaneously the reiort of I platinum strikes at Mount Drum, and it he copper prospect on the Kotsina I were hi ought in, but still a conidera , bio amount of scepticism prevailed, and the prospector who had sjwut I that year in the iuterior, again came to I tlocoat there to receive the new of copiwr idrlke at Orca, Copjor mount -I aiu aud Virgin Bay. The majority iwero still like their friend from Missouri, "you had to shew them." Thus the year 1U!. paneed away and while some notable discoveries had lieen made, very little real prospecting I had boon done extseftt tn a few isolated places such as the Kotsina and the Cbiana. I Early in the spring of 1000 it became I evident that mere faith was apparent among the now old timers, and about fifty started in again over tbe glacier for the Cheena, Messtv Harelet, Meal and McNeor, taking sixty tons In over tbe Government trail which had been oiened for about 75 mile the previous autumn. They were followed by Mc Clellaud and McCaety who were bound for the Kotatna and the Chityua with a laige outfit. A number of smaller outfit also west in and consequent Iy there were great expectations of dig eovertea being made by fall. These were more than realized. During the month of June the writer of this article met a number of weak-kneed and down cast dolorious looking harbingers of bad news returning to Valdez and the word was again passed along that the country was no good. But this time they falsly pro-phisiod, for when the writer arrived at Copper Center in the earliest part of August, the good new had already ' Continued at Page l r.) J ; ; , i : . ad-; i . f of . ' '.-then i . ' com-i arti-' ' I I j I j 1 ' ' a I I ; i

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  1. The Valdez News,
  2. 29 Mar 1901, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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