John Brynteson

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John Brynteson (August 13, 1871 in Ärtemark – 1959) was one of the "Three Lucky Swedes" who founded and developed the Nome mining district.[1]

Johan Bryntesson was born in the parish of Ärtemark in the traditional province of Dalsland, Sweden.[2]


A gold-seeking venture which commenced in mid-September 1898 with Erik O. Lindblom and Jafet Lindeberg proved quite successful. In 1898, the three formed the Pioneer Mining and Ditch Company.[3] The company was the largest mining company operating in Nome, Alaska, in the years following the discovery of gold.[4] Brynteson purchased a farm in Santa Clara County, California later known as The Pruneyard.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Brynteson married Emma Forsberg on May 2, 1900 in San Francisco. The Bryntesons had three children. Brynteson died in Svaneholm, Säffle kommun, Sweden in 1959.[7]


  • A statue of John Brynteson, together with Erik Lindblom and Jafet Lindeberg stands in Nome, Alaska.
  • Jafet Lindeberg, Erik Lindblom and John Brynteson are all listed in the Alaskan Mining Hall of Fame [8]


  1. ^ The Three Lucky Swedes Archived March 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Guldkungen - John Brynteson (by Holger Danielsson) [1] Archived 2010-06-25 at the Wayback Machine Swedish
  3. ^ "The three lucky swedes: John Brynteson, Jafet Lindeberg, & Erik Lindblom" (PDF).
  4. ^ Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation
  5. ^ Origins of Pruneyard Shopping Center stretch to Nome (The Campbell Reporter. by Martin Nobida. March 3, 2004) [2]
  6. ^ V. Olympiaden. Olympiska spelen i Stockholm 1912 i bild och ord (Ahlen & Akerlund; 1912) Swedish
  7. ^ The Nome Gold Rush (by Larry Gedney. Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks)[3] Archived 2009-09-22 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Members by Induction Date (Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation)

Primary sources[edit]

  • Harrison, Edward Sanford, Nome and Seward Peninsula: a book of information about northwestern Alaska (E.S. Harrison. 1905)
  • Carlson, Leland H., Swedish Pioneers & the Discovery of Gold in Alaska(American Swedish Historical Museum: Yearbook. 1948)
  • Olsson, Siv, Torparsonen som blev Guldkung (Dalslands Fornminnes- och Hembygdsförbund. 1989) Swedish

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