The Brothers Behind Taylor’s Gold-n-Stones


Glenn Taylor finds his old mining claim stake from 1999 during a 2017 mining expedition on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range. Glenn and his brother, Joe, have mined rose quartz and pink or green tourmaline from the glacier. Photo courtesy Taylor’s Gold-n-Stones.

Gold and grayling lured brothers Glenn and Joe Taylor to Alaska in the summer of 1979, when, along with their dad, Earl Ellis “Smoky” Taylor, they took a working vacation to prospect the eastern Interior’s Fortymile River.

Fresh fish filled their bellies, and six ounces of gold filled their vial. Without question, the two young men would return.

Lifelong treasure hunters, the brothers grew

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