Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Oregon Gold.” The episode begins at McKinnon Creek, but Todd, Jack and Hunter Hoffman are in Oregon searching for another place to mine. Last week, Todd’s claim owner told him that his claim was being sold and that Parker Schnabel was one of the potential buyers.
In Oregon, Todd found a claim that is known for its chunky nuggets. Jarrod and William Ward’s family own the High Bar Mine. When Todd met them, he found out that there is no overburden meaning that they are on paydirt immediately. Freddy Dodge and Hunter Hoffman started checking for gold immediately, but Freddy did not find any. Luckily, Hunter found a nugget very close to the surface. Todd was ready to jump on it, but Freddy warned him with just one word; Guyana.
At Eureka Creek, Tony Beets is in trouble. With just half of the million dollars in gold he needs to recoup his investment; he has only three weeks left to do it. Perusing the map, he is certain they are going to find gold if they turn the dredge ninety degrees. The nine-ton spud that holds it in place must be lifted so it can be turned. His crew has never done a job of this proportion, and even Gene Cheeseman is skeptical. As one of the pulleys is destroyed because of the line snapping; Gene repairs the damage and the spud is lifted and the dredge is turned.
At Scribner Creek, Parker, Rick and the crew have decided to move Goldzilla to a new home. They decide that they want to do it in twelve hours in time for the night crew to start. The first part of the job goes well, but the hopper-feeder is 100 yards from its home, when the truck’s transmission gives out. They managed to move it using other equipment, but the three-hour job turned out to take six hours.
In Oregon, Freddy Dodge arrived with his wash plant called Mini Red. Todd has his hundred yards of dirt to run, but a deadly rattlesnake halts the operation. Eventually, Freddy and Hunter send him on his way. If Todd finds one ounce of gold in the hundred-yard test, it will be a success.
At Scribner Creek, in the tenth hour, the plant was still 400 yards from its new home, and there are just two hours before the night crew begins. When the cable snaps, it halts the operation again. The crew is pissed at Parker because he has ideas, but was not around all day to help. Using double the machine power, they move the plant, but knowing how tired they are, Parker decides to wait until tomorrow to start running pay. At 7 a.m., the first snow hits Scribner Creek. Rick and his crew try to get it set up before Parker wakes up. Three shifts without sluicing cost another loss of gold, but nobody got hurt and Goldzilla is back in business.
At Eureka Creek, Tony brought in the gold to weigh, but it was far too short of his needed goal. It seems that the drill holes did not produce, but now that the dredge is moved, they will dredge and hope.
In Oregon, the plant was filled with rat poop and had to be flushed out. First, a rattlesnake, now rats and they just pray an elephant does not drop by.
At Scribner Creek, Parker apologized for losing his cool while they were moving the plant. The cleanup produced 388.4 ounces for a total of 2,591 ounces and three weeks to make the goal of 3,000 ounces.
In Oregon, Dave Turin arrived to see what the test sample produced. Freddy showed him a nugget that was very large. They produced 1.7 ounces for a hundred yards; double what they are doing in the Klondike on this episode of “Gold Rush.”