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George M. Byram in the Chisana 1913 Alaska Gold Rush
Posted by: John Byram (ID *****9152) Date: April 13, 2005 at 08:59:12
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My father Roy Meacham Byram, b.1882, left his job, in August of 1913 at the Kennicott Copper Mine in McCarthy, Alaska to go to the new Chisana (pronounced Shooshana) gold fields. The Chisana was discovered in May of 1913. I have made contact with Dr. Geoffrey T. Bleakley of the National Parks Service. He has written a book, "A History of the Chisana Mining District Alaska, 1890-1990." In our correspondence he asked me about a George M. Byram who was also in the gold rush. He said: "My database of people who lived and worked in the Wrangell Mountains region prior to 1940 includes a George M. Byram, a member of Fletcher Hamshaw's prospecting crew who was camped on North Fork Island at the head of the White River in 1913 when the Chisana discovery was made. Byram rushed to the district with his boss and staked several early claims, including Wilson (now called Chavola) Creek No. 2 above Discovery." Can anyone help me identify this George M. Byram? (byramjohn@comcast.net)

I am also interested in information on a Mrs. Mary Byram who was shot but did not die in the McCarthy Massacre of 1 March 1983.


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