Mining Supplies and Camping Supplies Throughout History

In this portion of the article, we will discuss what a good supply list can do for any camping or mining trip. First off, this being a precious metals and currency site, we will discuss what the original miners supply list consisted of during some of the original gold rushes in North America.

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For example, every miner and camper traveling to the gold fields of Yukon Territory were required to have a complete year of supplies per person. A list was even given out to each prospective gold miner and supply dealers also received a list from Northern Pacific Railroad, who transported many to the area.

Let’s check it out:

FOOD:

200 pounds of bacon
400 pounds of flour
85 pounds assorted dried fruit
50 pounds cornmeal
35 pounds rice
24 pounds coffee
5 pounds tea
100 pounds sugar
25 pounds fish
15 pounds soup vegetables
50 pounds oatmeal
50 pounds dried potatoes
50 pounds dried onions
25 cans butter
100 pounds beans
4 dozen tins condensed milk
15 pounds salt
1 pound pepper
8 pounds baking powder
2 pounds baking soda
1/2 pound mustard
3/4 pound ginger
36 pounds yeast cakes
60 boxes of matches
5 bars of soap

CLOTHING:
1 suit oil clothing
3 pairs snag-proof rubber boots
3 pairs heavy shoes
1 dozen heavy socks
6 pairs wool mittens
3 suits heavy underwear
2 pairs Mackinaw trousers
2 pairs overalls
2 hats
4 heavy woolen overshirts
1 Mackinaw coat
1 heavy rubber-lined coat
suspenders, hankerchiefs, snow glasses
2 pairs of heavy woolen blankets
2 oil blankets
4 towels
buttons, thread, needles
5 yards mosquito netting

EQUIPMENT:
1 large bucket
1 set granite buckets
2 axes, plus extra handle
2 picks
handsaw
whipsaw
1 shovel
pack strap
6 files
drawing knife
brace and bits
jack plane
hammer
3 chisels
butcher knife
200 feet, 3/8- inch rope
10 pounds pitch
5 pounds oakum
2 caulking irons
15 pounds nails
tent
canvas
whet stone
compass
goggles
quartz glass
quicksilver
2 frying pans
coffee and tea pot
40 pounds of candles
eating utensils: plate, cup, knife fork, spoon
pots and pans
steel stove for 4 men
gold pan
gold scales

Of Course, other items were listen as well on these documents:

medicines, reading matter, guns, ammunition and personal items, etc.

Source: Jones, Charlotte Foltz.  Yukon Gold, The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush , New York: Holiday House, 1999, 33-34.

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