Carl Shilling's gold pan, Byron, ca. 1950

Contributed by Byron Historical Society

Carl Shilling's gold pan, Byron, ca. 1950

This record was added to Maine Memory Network through the efforts of a student at Holy Savior School.


This gold pan was used by a prospector named Carl Shilling to mine gold from the East Branch of the Swift River in Byron from the 1940s through the late 1970s.

Schilling was a hermit who lived along the river and made his living panning gold and doing odd jobs for local people. Originally from Germany, Carl immigrated to the United States during WWII. He was very suspicious of people and hid most of his gold so that no one would steal it.

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About This Item

  • Title: Carl Shilling's gold pan, Byron, ca. 1950
  • Creation Date: circa 1950
  • Subject Date: circa 1950
  • Local Name: Coos Canyon
  • Town: Byron
  • County: Oxford
  • State: ME
  • Media: Iron
  • Dimensions: 7.62 cm x 45.72 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Byron Historical Society
64 East Branch Road, Byron, ME 04275
(207) 364-7446

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