After a disastrous first half of the Gold Rush season, the Buckland Claim in Oregon is finally turning the corner for Todd Hoffman and his deflated crew.
Gold is found — finally!
Todd says: “This whole season has been an absolute stress ball. Hopefully it finishes up better than it started. I feel like we finally have turned the corner, these guys are like my family, I just want to get gold for these guys.”
A 52.6-ounce clean-up worth over $60,000 for two days work has put some wind in their sails.
Two months ago, Hoffman leased the Buckland Claim from Marvin Worth. It was based on the notion that the initial 1920s dredge never made it to the bottom of a purported pay so rich it would blow his mind.
Worth says: “To put it in a nutshell Todd, there will be gold at the bottom.”
Worth explains to Todd that a hundred years ago a dredge mined a gold-rich pay streak on the Buckland. The pay streak was so rich it produced 24,000 ounces worth $7million at today’s value.
Todd’s been told there’s a layer of main pay at a depth the dredge couldn’t get to, but before they go under the old dredge path the men are mining a small pocket of side pay they hit last week.
Logan Pierce says: “There’s a narrow strip of virgin pay and it’s just outside the dredge track and that’s what we’re chasing.
“The dredge came through here and just hit crazy gold so whatever they couldn’t get we are hoping it’s just as rich.”
Gold Rush airs Fridays at 9/8c on Discovery.