Then they took us through how to sluice and pan for gold. Here’s Andy dumping a shovelful of ‘paydirt’ into the sluice. Melissa stands by the handle to do the manual shaking. Gold is heavier than dirt and any rocks so it will settle to the bottom as water is poured over the paydirt and Melissa shakes it down.
‘I’m innocent. Those scalawags have a claim next to mine and are jealous about how much gold I’ve gotten. They just want my claim.’
I stood up.
‘Yes, he’s innocent. I was with him all night. He wasn’t near them. They’re both rotten scoundrels. Too lazy to mine themselves.’
Whoo - eee. The other miners voted and - whew - Gary was set free. Whew. That was close.
The museum had lots of dioramas with the faces of actual people from town in old costumes and settings to show some of the history of the town.
But, what fun. Then we wandered through town some more. Dirt streets, beautiful homes and hotels.
Today it is sunny and we hope to see the town. It sits on the Yukon River just where the Klondike River joins it.
Very nice day. We're enjoying Dawson City.