TEN Forgotten Stories About The Klondike Gold Rush. STORY 1: You Couldn’t Pack Light

packingThe Gold Rush began in 1896 with the discovery of gold in Canada’s largely uncharted Yukon territory. Word traveled fast, and within a year the northern reaches of Canada were swamped with people seeking their fortunes.

That caused a serious problem. People needed supplies to survive, and they needed a lot of supplies to survive the rocky, cold, hard trek in the North. Unfortunately, there was a distinct lack of grocery stores along the way. That meant that the small towns along the way were in danger of being overrun and being depleted of food.

The Canadian government enacted a provision that every American crossing the border for gold mining needed to bring their own supplies with them, and they needed to have enough to last them an entire year. That meant that a trip to the Yukon wasn’t just one-way—in some cases, people covered more than 1,610 kilometers (1,000 mi) back and forth between Alaska’s starting point of Dyea to their campsite at Bennett Lake. The two spots were only 53 kilometers (33 mi) apart, but a year’s worth of supplies was heavy and required way more than just one or two trips with a backpack.

The Northern Pacific Railroad put out a brochure with recommended provisions: 181 kilograms (400 lb) of flour, 4.5 kilograms (10 lb) of both coffee and tea, 34 kilograms (75 lb) of dried fruits, 56 kilograms (125 lb) of beans, and non-food supplies like tents, oil blankets, mosquito netting, axes, pitch, a stove, 60 meters (200 ft) of rope, and enough winter clothing to survive months of brutal temperatures.

Diamond Ring

Diamond ring

A 80-year old woman was diagnose with cancer. She had only 3-4 months left at most. She lived alone in a big house where she and her husband raised their 5 kids. Now all her kids were grown up; Each went their own way. A middle-aged Mexican woman took care of her.
One day her very expensive diamond ring got disappeared. It was nowhere to be found. She was quite sure that her maid stole the ring. It was one of low things that one human being might do to another. How could she do that to old and very sick woman who was paying her quite well for the care?

When her the eldest daughter visited her, the woman told her about disappearance of her ring. The daughter said, “it can’t be the maid. It would have been too obvious.” Her mother objected, “You think that I have just become forgetful? I still have a good memory. I clearly remember where I put it last time. It was very dear to me. I had been through a lot with that ring.” The daughter did not want to fire the maid without any evidence for the allegation. She was reluctant to involve detectives and have her interrogated.

Her mother was in such a despair. The daughter said, ‘Mother, at this point in your life, does it really matter? Should you care so much about that piece of jewelry? No ring is so important to make you unhappy for days. You still have those memories of your happiest moments. Association of personal belongings with experiences are too often exaggerated.’ This got the old woman thinking. She knew that her daughter was right. Victimizing herself and blaming was causing so much pain. After that, she gave away most her stuff to the family. Even the maid got a nice painting. She brought it to her house and hang it on the living room wall.

After a few months, the woman passed away. The house was about to put for sale. When they were cleaning it out, they found the diamond ring which was stuck between the bed frame and mattress.

For $100, you can eat a doughnut covered in gold flake and icing made from Cristal Champagne

Gold Donut

A Filipino restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is selling a gold-coated champagne doughnut for $100.

Manila Social Club is known for its ube doughnuts, which are purple and cost $40 per dozen. Ube jam, which comes from mashing purple yams, is used in Filipino desserts.

The golden ube doughnut has icing made with Cristal champagne and it’s filled with ube mousse and champagne jelly. The outside is flecked with 24-karat gold.

Some New Yorkers have apparently been willing to put down $1,200 for an order of a dozen. Gold is trading at $1,075 an ounce.