In 1898 prospectors Fritz Miller and Kenny McLaren struck paydirt on Spruce Creek, near Discovery, the original town-site (9.6 km/6 miles east of Atlin on Discovery Road). In the next few years, a four mile stretch of Spruce Creek yielded over $25 million in gold including “The West,” an 83+ounce nugget (“the size of half a loaf of bread”) discovered in 1899.
The creek is currently being mined so be careful not to trespass in mining areas. In 1917 the White Pass Company realized that Atlin was a unique travel destination. They promoted it’s wilderness and scenic beauty worldwide and over 400 visitors per summer were brought into Atlin. This was truly a first class service, gourmet meals, modern accommodation and interesting entertainment. This service was abandoned in the mid-30’s due to world wide economic conditions