Road to Gold & Redemption
Most of the initial miners were destitute.
Frank Buteau used sails to propel his sled as he was unable to afford a dog team.
Paddy Meehan was molding dentures from tin spoons and using teeth from a mountain sheep for the fronts when a bear tried breaking into his cabin. After he shot the bear, he used the animal’s back teeth for the molars and then stewed and ate the bear with its own teeth.
By spring, each had a small fortune.