How to Start a DeHavilland Beaver
You may never need to know the tricks of starting a DeHavilland Beaver, but just in case: Here’s how!
Mining in Ketchikan: The Early Prospectors
Ketchikan was a mining town before it was pretty much anything else. Miners in the late 1800s tromped through town on their way to and from the Klondike. In 1900, there were as many as 100 miners in town, digging holes and prospecting for gold, copper and other of the Earth’s gems. Not much was found in the early years, but in the mid 1950s, a couple of newlyweds found one of the biggest uranium deposits ever discovered in Alaska.
Mining In Ketchikan
Mining is on the upswing in SE Alaska and poised to be the next boom industry as mining companies move to discover how to sustainably extract a mother lode of rare earth minerals. Currently, China the lion’s share of these minerals, which are necessary to produce all manner of digital technologies.
A logger’s job is dangerous and falling trees is not just as simple as chopping them down. First you have to figure out which way the tree is leaning, where the wind’s coming from, and where you want the tree to fall. It’s part mathematics, part intuition, and part triumph of industry.
Into the Woods: The Logger's Lingo
From choker setters and riggin’ slingers to bull bucks and side rods, loggers have a language all their own. Learn some of the lingo. You never know, you could run into a logger one day and have to make conversation!