Erik Lindblom

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Erik O. Lindblom (1903)

Erik Lindblom (1857-1928) was a Swedish-American gold prospector. He was one of the "Three Lucky Swedes" who founded and developed the Nome mining district. [1] [2]


Erik Olof Lindblom was born June 27, 1857 in Härjedalen, Sweden, the son of Olof Lindblom and Brita (née Olofsson). Lindblom's father was a land owner and school master in Sweden. Born and raised in an iron and copper region, he had a fundamental knowledge of mining. Lindblom left Sweden at the age of seventeen. He came to the United States in 1886 and engaged in mining in Colorado, Idaho and Montana. Lindblom was naturalized as a United States citizen in 1894.[3]

In 1898, Lindblom went to Alaska where he met John Brynteson (1871-1959) and Jafet Lindeberg (1874-1962). Late that winter they uncovered the first gold found in the Nome mining district, and founded the extensive mining interests there which would produce a large fortune.[4][5] [6]

Lindblom invested the proceeds from his mining fortune in banks, transportation, and real estate. He would become president of the Swedish-American Bank of San Francisco and vice-president of the Pioneer Mining and Ditch Company of Nome, Alaska.[7]

Lindblom was appointed Swedish Commissioner to the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition by King Gustaf V of Sweden and later was knighted by that monarch, being presented with the Royal Order of Vasa of the first degree.[8]

Lindblom invested in the Claremont Resort in Oakland, California, which was completed in 1915. Three years later, he took complete possession of the hotel. Lindblom died in 1928 at his residence at the Claremont Hotel. [9]

Personal life[edit]

He was first married to Mary Anne Smith in London in August 1886 and had a son and a daughter. They were divorced in 1907. Lindblom subsequently married Hannah Ulrika Sadie Sparman in June 1907.They had one son. [3]


  • A statue of Erik Lindblom, together with Jafet Lindeberg and John Brynteson, stands in Nome, Alaska.
  • Jafet Lindeberg, Erik Lindblom and John Brynteson are all listed in the Alaskan Mining Hall of Fame.[10]

See also--[edit]


  1. ^ "Erik Lindblom (1857- 1928)". Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Nome Overview". Exploring the Seward Peninsula. April 13, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Erik Olof Lindblom". Nordstjernan. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  4. ^ "John Brynteson". Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Jafet Lindeberg". Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  6. ^ Larry Gedney (August 12, 1985). "The Nome Gold Rush". Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "The three lucky swedes: John Brynteson, Jafet Lindeberg, & Erik Lindblom" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Erik O. Lindblom". History of San Mateo County. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  9. ^ San Francisco County Biographies (Western Edition Notables of the West, Vol. I, Page 511, International News Service, San Francisco, 1913) [1]
  10. ^ Members by Induction Date (Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation)

Primary sources[edit]

  • Harrison, Edward Sanford (1905) Nome and Seward Peninsula: a book of information about northwestern Alaska (E.S. Harrison)
  • Carlson, Leland H. (1948) Swedish Pioneers & the Discovery of Gold in Alaska (American Swedish Historical Museum)

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