“Gold Rush” fans are well aware that the Yukon is a popular place to mine for gold.
However, the cast of “Gold Rush” has experimented with different mining locations, not just around the country, but also around the world. Here’s where the cast set up shop during season four.
‘Gold Rush’ Season Four Mining Locations
It was fun to watch the “Gold Rush” cast switch up a little when it came to mining locations. Unfortunately, and this is a spoiler, neither of the new locations panned out for the miners. Here’s a look at the crews’ not-so-successful mining locations.
The Dakota Crew
Fred “Dakota” Hurt worked with his crew in mining locations both new and old during season four. The team spent time at their long-standing claim on Porcupine Creek. But they also tried their hand at a new location in the mountainous Cahoon Creek mine. Cahoon Creek is part of a massively wealthy mining region along with Porcupine and Mckinley creeks. Workers who mined Cahoon Creek between the years of 1898-1916 earned $1,200,000 of gold. So, it makes sense that Hurt and his crew would want to check out the area.
For their expedition at the new site, the “Gold Rush” stars needed to equipment worth $100,000 including a wash plant, loader, excavator, and dump truck. All of the equipment had to be disassembled and helicoptered to the site – which costs a lot of money.
Unfortunately, the crew’s first cut yielded no gold. And even worse, the second cut brought some gold but not a whole lot. Luckily for the crew, they had split their efforts between Cahoon Creek and their original Porcupine Creek claim. So, the season wasn’t a total loss.
The Hoffman Crew
Todd Hoffman and his crew brought some excitement to the show with their new mining location. They even landed their own miniseries that aired between seasons three and four called “Gold Rush: South America.”
During the series, the Hoffman crew scouted out potential mining opportunities in Peru, Chile, and Guyana before settling on the Q.O.D. Mine, near Mahdia, Guyana. The location was a far cry from the frozen northern locations they were used to. The region in Guyana is said to contain five times more gold than the Klondike. However, extracting the gold is far more dangerous there than it is in Alaska or Canada.
While there, the Hoffman crew mines in several different locations on the site including Maple Creek Cut, Patience Creek Cut, Redemption Creek Cut, and the Hope Creek Cut. However, at the end of the season, the “Gold Rush” stars only managed to mine two ounces of gold. As a desperate attempt to make up for lost costs, the Hoffman crew pivoted to diamond mining. But even that didn’t result in more much.
The crew collected $1,350 worth in diamonds which was worth even less than the two ounces of gold they found. In conclusion, the season ended pretty terribly for the Hoffman crew. The cost of importing and operating heavy machinery in the jungle surpassed all the gains from the previous season. This left Hoffman near bankruptcy and unsure of what to do next.