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Odd Wisconsin Archive

The Kaukauna Gold Rush of 1900


The desire to get rich quick is an inextinguishable little flame burning in the core of too many human hearts. Whether it's a Top 40 hit, the dot.com bubble, Texas oil wells, the California gold rush, or the Great Lakes fur trade, there never seems to be a shortage of people willing to jump on board and try to get something for nothing. Which is what they usually get. This article relates how two Lawrence College students duped their neighbors during the days when Alaska's Klondike Gold Rush was in the news. After all, if it could happen in Alaska, why not Kaukauna? It's from our Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles collection.
:: Posted in Curiosities on December 10, 2004
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