John Schnabel is a legendary gold miner in Alaska. At the age of 17 John had chopped off his big toe, as he was a logger. His parents split up when he was young. He lived with his two sisters in a 12x15ft cabin. He was the founder of the Big Nugget Mine, a famous mine on the edge of Porcupine Creek. He was the boss of the mine, until 2011, when 91 year old John gave the mine to his 17 year old grandson Parker Schnabel. John is still around to help with the mine and his grandson.