I don't have a picture to go along with John Zarnowsky, but I am eternally grateful to him for giving me a "Z" word for my last post of the challenge!
A Russian, Zarnowsky has a dubious claim to fame, as he is known for unwittingly selling half of the richest gold claim on the richest gold creek in the Alaskan Far North for a sack of flour and a side of bacon.
Zarnowsky believed he was too late to strike it rich with his claim, which was along a small stream known as "Bonanza's Pup." That small stream would eventually become known as Eldorado Creek, which was the most valuable placer discovery in history.
Alex McDonald, who bought Zarnowsky's claim for that bacon and flour in 1896, later became known as the "The King of the Klondike," and made a fortune during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-1898.
I can't say for sure, but I would imagine poor Mr. Zarnowsky spent the rest of his life kicking himself.
And that's it for me and another round of the A-Z in April challenge! Thanks to everyone who has come by here, it's been another great year of A-Zing. :)
My A-Z theme of Alaska is inspired by my debut novel, Polar Night, which is set in Fairbanks and the Alaskan Arctic. Click here for all the info on the book.