THE KOYUKUK (Alaska Historic Information)

The Koyukuk, a river rising near the northeast corner of Alaska, has been overlooked since the days of the Russian and Hudson Bay trapper, until about a year ago. Numerous reports of paying gold in placer and quartz have recently been made. The annual production is about $150,000. Last summer I met a large number of miners on their way in to Coldfoot, Bettles, Allakakal and other points on the river, some of them a thousand miles by the way ol the river and trails from the confluence of the Koyukuk and Yukon. Boats run up as far as Bettles and poling extends to Coldfoot. This is not the only undeveloped river, to the north of it are many large rivers flowing to the Arctic yet unmapped. And to the west the Noatak and Kobuk empty into Kotzebue Sound, all heading in the Endicott range, to which the next stampede may be made.

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