Alaska Gold Rush History & Genealogy

In the Fairhaven Mining District. Candle is on the Seward Peninsula at the mouth of Candle Creek a tributary of Kiwalik River which pours its waters into Eschscholtz Bay an indentation of Kotzebue Sound. In 1909 Candle was a town of several hundred inhabitants and owed is existence to the discovery of gold on Candle Creek in the fall of 1901 It is the headquarters of the Fairhaven mining district.

Candle was the turnaround point for the first major mushing competition in 1908, the All Alaska Sweepstakes, which ran 408 miles from Nome to Candle and back.

Main Street Candle Alaska April 1925

 

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