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Nathan Clark’s search for gold

Nate Clark, Almo, Kentucky, was recruited for Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine since he could repair heavy equipment. Photo: Discovery Channel
From left, Chris Taylor, Casey “KC” Morgan, Nate Clark, Jason Sanchez, Jesse Goins and Dave Turin of Gold Rush season two. Photo: Nathan Clark
Nate Clark repairs the trommel in Montana during filming of Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine season two. Photo: Discovery Channel
Nate Clark loads dirt to send back to check for gold on Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine. Photo: Discovery Channel
Dave Turin, or “Dozer Dave,” stars in Discovery Channel's new Gold Rush spinoff series. Photo: Discovery Channel
Dave Turin, left, Nate Clark, center, and Gold Rush producer Grahm Steele. Photo: Nathan Clark
Nate Clark, left, with crew of Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine. Photo: Nathan Clark
From left, Dave Turin, Jason Sanchez and Nate Clark check for gold on the set of Gold Rush season two. Photo: Nathan Clark
Nate Clark modifies the sluice (gate that controls water flow) on season one of Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine. Photo: Nathan Clark
Nate Clark’s drone shot from Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine season two. Photo: Nathan Clark
Nate Clark’s drone shot from Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine season two. Photo: Nathan Clark
Nate Clark’s son, Jesse, visits the set of Gold Rush season two in Montana. Photo: Nathan Clark
Nate Clark’s son, Jesse, checks out the Volvo equipment on the set of Gold Rush. Photo: Nathan Clark
The crew of Gold Rush after a hard day. Photo: Nathan Clark
The crew of Gold Rush season two with Montana claim land owners Howie Anderson, second from left, and brother Jerry, third from right. Photo: Nathan Clark

“We go out there and try to find abandoned mines that have been lost for dead,” says Nathan Clark, of Almo,  who for the second season is starring on the Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine

Originally from Texas, Clark moved to Wyoming to work in coal mines and oil fields as a field mechanic. After meeting wife, Kim, and having son, Jesse, who is now 10, they moved to Kentucky to be near her parents. They are all members of West Kentucky RECC.

After interviewing for season one in 2018, Clark says things moved fast.  “After we decided I was all in, Turin told me, ‘I need you in here in five days. A film crew will be coming to your house in two days. We want to film you packing and saying bye to your family.’”

He says, “I was like, my wife’s gonna kill me.” The first location for season one fell through as Turin, the show’s leader, scrambled to find a new mining location in Arizona. “I had quit my job (as a manager for Brandeis Machinery, Paducah) and I was in limbo. It was a stressful time.”

Video courtesy: Discovery Channel

Clark, who goes by Nate or “Gearhead Nathan,” and five other guys filmed season two in the mountains of Montana over four months. “We are out there working six or seven 15-hour days at campsites in the middle of nowhere.”

Turin, who is known as “Dozer Dave,” says, “I have really enjoyed working with Nate the last two years. Nate is a hard-working family man. He keeps our equipment running and he knows how to make us all laugh. I love this guy.”

“We try to inspire people to get out there and work, to better yourself. We pray on television,” Clark says. “There are a lot of very rewarding things you can’t buy with money.” 

Even after the show has wrapped, Clark says Turin has a Monday morning call with the team to talk about where the show goes next and mine leads; he also reads Bible verses and prays with them.

Gold Rush season two began airing in February with the final episode set to air Friday, April 10, on Discovery Channel and DiscoveryGo online.


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