‘Alaskan Bush People’: Watch Browns Chase Gold for Late Patriarch Billy Brown in New Episode

by Amy Myers
(Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Once the snow began to melt on the mountaintop property, Alaskan Bush People star Rain Brown seemed to catch the gold fever. Ever her father’s daughter, the youngest family member wanted to pursue her late father’s dream of digging up precious metal from the land and further securing the family’s fortune and independence. But this mission is easier said than done.

Rather than recruiting the professionals from Gold Rush, Brown decided to enlist the help of one of her brothers, Noah. As the family mechanic, the 28-year-old knows his way around a few wires, but the task ahead of him seemed daunting. Not to mention, his little sister gave him the notion that he would be repairing engines, not motors.

“There’s so much gold sparkling in your head that you’re forgetting the simple things,” the fellow Alaskan Bush People star told her.

Despite the criticism, the 18-year-old still managed to get all the necessary equipment up the Washington mountain “on a wing and a prayer.” This included a multi-piece mining processor from the 1920s. While the machine was no doubt a unique piece of American history, Noah wasn’t so sure he could bring the old hunk of metal back to life.

“You want me to get motors working that have probably been seized up since 1948,” he exclaimed. “I am a mechanic, not a miracle worker.”

Still, wanting to help his sister, the Alaskan Bush People star agreed to try to revive the machinery for 20 bottle caps (a currency the Brown kids created when they were little) an hour. Rain negotiated with him and knocked the price down to 10 before shaking hands.

‘Alaskan Bush People’ Mother and Daughter Make Plans for Special Horse Barn

Meanwhile, Alaskan Bush People matriarch Ami and her oldest daughter Bird are preparing to build a horse barn that will honor Billy’s life. With the blueprints in front of her, Ami discussed the plans for a retaining wall to protect the barn.

As Rain explained, the 40-day milestone derives from a Tlingit tradition that would celebrate deceased loved ones 40 days after their death. By doing the same for Billy, they would not only be honoring his place in their lives but also his legacy in Alaska. With only a week left until the family’s 40-day celebration, the mother-daughter team will have to move quickly to build the structure in time.

“It’s celebrating those who we have lost the same way that Jesus came to the disciples for 40 days, and they celebrated Jesus before he ascended to heaven,” the young Alaskan Bush People star shared of the occasion. “I think Da would like this very much.”