Do people still pan for gold? They do. I met this gentleman and his daughter on a cool July afternoon, a few years ago, on a creek north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The young lady found a few flakes of gold, but they laughed when I asked if it were enough to pay for their plane ticket– they weren’t having even that much luck. To me the idea of staring into a pan of water and mud, hoping to find a few flakes of gold, sounds awfully dull. But I suppose there is a novelty in saying, “I panned for gold in Alaska.”
Felix Pedro discovered gold in this same creek– now called Pedro Creek– on July 22, 1902. His discovering set off a gold rush to Alaska, and the founding of Fairbanks.