Ketchikan, Alaska: World's Largest Gold Nugget

Large boulder painted gold. Formerly had a "World's Largest Gold Nugget" sign, but the Parks Dept. took it down.
1158 Salmon Row, Ketchikan, AK
From Bawden St. in town, turn onto Park Ave. Cross the second small bridge, then immediately turn right onto Salmon Row. Drive to the end, to the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center, and the pedestrian bridge to the Totem Heritage Center. The nugget is next to that bridge.
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Outdoor boulder painted gold.

World's Largest Gold Nugget

I was informed by the Parks Department that the "World's Largest Gold Nugget" sign was removed by the city because the "Nugget" is just a gold-painted boulder and not a replica. It is considered by the locals to be silly and unrealistic, so they decided to remove all markings and maintenance and focus their efforts elsewhere. They don't know how it came to be, but if found to be of any significance they would return the sign. Too bad, as users of Roadside America go out of their way to see such oddities.

[Kurt L., 06/26/2018]

The gold prospectors who settled Alaska, and really all American pioneers, were silly and unrealistic, too.

Outdoor boulder painted gold.

World's Largest Gold Nugget

The "World's Largest Gold Nugget" sign is now gone, so there is no indication that it is here. Don't know why -- perhaps stolen? Being replaced? Or removed because it is no longer the largest....

[Michael Almony, 06/23/2016]

Outdoor boulder painted gold with a sign,

World's Largest Gold Nugget

Large fake gold nugget you can see when you visit the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center, and/or Totem Heritage Center.

[David Kamada, 10/23/2012]

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