‘Gold Rush’: Palmer Goldfields Impresses Parker Schnabel

by Joe Rutland
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When Parker Schnabel of Gold Rush went Down Under for his Parker’s Trail spin-off, little did he realize what he would find there.

Schnabel visited Australia and had his eye on Palmer Goldfields Resources Reserve in Queensland, Australia.

According to its website, “Following the discovery of payable alluvial gold on the Palmer River in 1873, would-be diggers flocked to the field in search of their fortunes. Within two years, an estimated 9000 people had arrived on the Palmer, a mecca for European and Chinese miners.”

There’s more to check out at the location.

Again, the website states, “The real historical treasure here is the bulky 19th Century mining machinery from many costly and wretched attempts at reef mining. Visitors can walk, with care, around the old reef mining sites and see relatively intact boilers, steam engines, stamp mills, and pumps.”

Let’s take a look at Parker and his Gold Rush crew on location.

This spin-off starring Schnabel is in its third season on the Discovery Channel.

If you want to catch up on previous episodes or get more info on the program, then visit the show’s website right here.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Parker Schnabel Meets Rick Ness At Pivotal Moment

Rick Ness, before going on to be a team leader on Gold Rush, and Parker Schnabel met at a pivotal moment.

In 2004, Rick Ness started a 10-year career as bassist and backbone of .357 String Band. Ness played with three other talented individuals in the gothic country band. They toured North America and Europe until 2012.

The future Gold Rush star showed just how talented he was in the songs. Yet he would find himself on a different career path.

The band went to Alaska for its state fair. While there, Ness met then-18-year-old Parker Schnabel. Ness expressed interest in the mining industry before going away.

Nine months after leaving Alaska, Schnabel called Ness and offered him a job on his team.

And the rest is history.

Schnabel Talks About What’s Important In The World of Competitive Mining

Schnabel is a star on Gold Rush and he’s making a killing in the mines.

Why is he so successful? He talked about it in an interview with Malestrom

Schnabel admits that he’s just not complacent.

“We always try to find the next thing or the next person that’s going to improve the business and make things run better and smarter,” he said.

Schnabel said his crew is always working to improve.

“It’s not just about one idea or one way of doing things, it’s a constant improvement,” he said.

Schnabel reveals his career highlight so far.

He said that the first time he went out to Dawson would be his career highlight so far.