Because Edgar Rice Burroughs (author of "Tarzan" and "John Carter of Mars" books) along with brothers failed at gold mining on the shores of the Snake River he had a lot of time on his hands!

 

If they'd found gold he'd likely never have become an author and our lives would be devoid of some of our favorites stories! "Legend of Tarzan" is in theaters now and as you watch it you can think of the story's beginnings on the shores of the Snake River!

Sounds like one of those Alaska Gold Mining TV shows to me!

Here's the fascinating story.