The Big Nugget Mine is an infamous and legendary gold mine in Porcupine Creek, Alaska. The mine was founded by John Schnabel decades ago. In 2011, John Schnabel made his 17 year old grandson Parker Schnabel, boss of the mine.
In Gold RushEdit
During the third season, Parker failed to find good gold on the claim.
In the fourth season, Parker has left for the Klondike, and John is back in control. John Schnabel is reexamining Parker's failed dig at Smith Creek Hill for gold. However, this is no longer a focus of the show, and only shows up occasionally. At the end of season 4, Payson Schnabel and Parker dig out Smith Creek Hill Cut, using monitors and Parker's hopper feeder.