Charles D. Lane

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The Three lucky Swedes

History reveals that the largest and most successful gold rush stampede was started by the discovery of gold in Nome, Alaska in September 1898 by the three “Lucky Swedes”. The news of their discovery of coarse rich gold on Anvil Creek spread rapidly, and before long, a tent city had appeared on the golden beaches surrounding the mouth of the Snake River.


Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was born on March 19, 1848 in Monmouth, Illinois and grew up on a farm in Iowa. In 1864, he moved with his parents to California. After working as a stagecoach driver and buffalo hunter, he served as deputy marshal in Wichita, Kansas and Dodge City, Kansas, where he established his reputation as a lawman and gambler.


Roald Amundsen

Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was born July 16, 1872 in Borge, Norway, the youngest of four brothers. He grew up in Oslo and at a young age was fascinated by the outdoors and tales of arctic exploration. He trained himself for a life of exploration by taking extended hiking and ski trips in Norway’s mountains and by learning seamanship and navigation.


Jimmy Doolittle

Born on December 14, 1896, in Alameda, California, Doolittle grew up there and in Nome, Alaska. In October 1917 he enlisted in the army reserve. Assigned to the Signal Corps, he served as a flying instructor during World War I was commissioned first lieutenant in the Air Service, regular army, in July 1920 and became deeply involved in the development of military aviation.



William Lendrum Mitchell visited Nome twice, sent Army planes to Nome, and influenced the development of the city. Born in 1879, to wealthy parents who were living in Nice, France at the time, Billy Mitchell grew up in Wisconsin, on a prosperous country farm, with horses, cows, a pond, and plenty of room. At age nineteen, Billy enlisted to participate in the Spanish-American War.