Gold Mining Television Show Becomes a Television Gold Mine

May 31, 2012 · Posted in Entertainment · Comment 

The members of the Discovery Channel show Gold Rush Alaska have all had their share of struggles while taking a stab at mining gold in the wilderness of Alaska. In their attempts to strike it rich, many unforeseen circumstances had arose and some were faced with catastrophic consequences. The Schnabel and Hoffman crews had dealt with a set of their own ordeals while being greenhorns at the game of mining for gold in Alaska, but Dakota Fred, also known as “Big Boot”, arguably suffered the worst of it in the last few episodes of the show.

In the beginning of the second season, the Hoffmans journeyed back up to their old claim from their homes in Oregon. They were in search of the gold! As they started to unload and get settled back in, it wasn’t long before the infamous Dakota Fred pulled up in his truck. None of the Hoffman crew was happy to see him. He came bearing some bad news, but it was really his own selfish greed that had lead to his arrival at the Porcupine Creek gold claim. Without the crew knowing, Fred had been conspiring against them the entire time. While they had been hard at work excavating the glory hole, Fred had been negotiating new terms with Earl, the claim owner. Fred now owned the claim the Hoffmans had been working so arduously last season and sent them packing.

The only sensible thing that “Big Boot” has done on the show is to purchase all of the old and worn equipment from Todd and Jack Hoffman. Fred deserved to get this junky equipment, and the Hoffman crew deserved to get it off of their hands and gain some capital to buy newer and better equipment. Jack was smart enough not to part with his 400 excavator, and Fred did not get his dirty hands on it. MSHA was also kind enough to shut down Dakota Fred for a good while, but poor Parker Schnabel was misfortunate enough to be in the vicinity with his grandfather’s gold mine and suffered the same ordeal.

Just when “Big Boot” thought he was about to commence a successful gold mining operation, fate came down on him hard. He nearly lost everything in a terrible flood in his home in North Dakota. Fred is from North Dakota, and this is why he has earned the name “Dakota Fred”. They reason his other nickname is “Big Boot” is because he actually wears a boot with a bigger sole on his left foot. He was born with this condition, but he claims it has never stopped him. Fred reveres himself to be an experienced miner, and from what was aired on tv show about gold mining in the first season, it appeared that he was. He seemed to have quite a bit more knowledge about how to fix and run mining equipment than the Hoffman crew, but in the second season, the Hoffmans got their much needed new partner Dave.

Ever since his mistake to take the claim out from under the Hoffman crew, “Big Boot” Dakota Fred suffered the most consequences out of anyone on the Discovery show about gold mining in Alaska. He had endured horrible flooding back home and he also had his share of troubles at the mine. His operation was not generating enough revenue to sustain itself and his life savings were quickly running out. He also got into many arguments with his son, until his son left the mine frustrated and disgruntled.

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