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Victoria Gold has released ‘Dublin Gulch: A History of the Eagle Gold Mine Yukon’, a book by Whitehorse author Michael Gates.
He spent more than 18 months researching and writing the history of gold mining in Dublin Gulch, where the Eagle Gold Mine is located.
The book covers the first discoveries in the late 19th century through to the mine’s momentous first gold pour in September 2019. That event drew thousands of people from around the world via web-cast.
“This story begins with the early prospectors and dreamers and ends with the opening of the Eagle Gold Mine,” Gates said this week.
“It is the story of the little company that could, Victoria Gold; of a veteran miner, John McConnell, and of his committed team of determined men and women who beat the odds and turned the dream into a reality.”
There are forwards by McConnell, who is Victoria Gold’s president and CEO, Premier Sandy Silver, who assisted with the first gold pour, and Na-Cho Nyak Dun Chief Simon Mervyn, within whose traditional territory the mine is located.
The company purchased the Dublin Gulch property in 2009.
“For well over a century, generations of prospectors and miners sought to unlock the mineral potential of Dublin Gulch,” said McConnell.
“We are proud to honour their vision and through this book, learn more about and pay our respects to all those who came before us paving the way for the Eagle Gold Mine to develop and benefit Yukon residents and communities for decades to come.”
Victoria Gold’s Eagle Gold Mine is the largest gold mine in Yukon history.
When in full operation later this year, the mine will employ 350 to 400 people.
Victoria Gold and Na-Cho Nyak Dun signed a mutually created and implemented a benefits agreement in October 2011 to ensure benefits and opportunities for the First Nation’s citizens throughout the mine’s life.
‘Dublin Gulch: A History of the Eagle Gold Mine will be available June 27 in Yukon bookstores, including Mac’s Fireweed Books and Coles in Whitehorse; Bigway Foods in Mayo; Maximilian’s Gold Rush Emporium in Dawson City; via www.amazon.ca; and will be available for purchase at the Eagle Gold Mine site.
A new video, featuring McConnell and Gates discussing some of the key characters in the book, can be viewed at: https://vitgoldcorp.com/ projects/development/eagle-gold-project/eagle-gold-videos/videos/book-release/
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