“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.”
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.