By Becca Clark
Wrangell Sentinel 

History podcast tells not all was golden in 1874 gold rush


April 10, 2024

Artwork courtesy Ronan Rooney

Ronan Rooney's newest history podcast, "Strange Customs," tells the story of the Cassiar gold rush of 1874 and a crooked U.S. customs collector.

One hundred and fifty years ago, the Stikine beckoned people to its rugged landscape with the promise of wealth. This was the Cassiar gold rush of 1874, a huge moment in Wrangell history, according to Ronan Rooney, historian and creator of the podcast "Wrangell History Unlocked."

Rooney's newest series "Strange Customs" tells the story of the gold rush in Wrangell in three parts. The story, however, is not just about the search for gold on the Stikine. It involves a political corruption ring in Portland, Oregon; a nasty rivalry between a senator and a judge; and, most importantly, it follows J...

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