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Gold! Gold! Gold!
 

Special programs for the summer season of 2014 have concluded. Please check back in mid-May of 2015 for next summer's lineup.

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News of Klondike Gold: GOLD! GOLD! GOLD!
Alaska State Library

During the gold stampede, over 100,000 people endured poor provisions and the elements as they climbed the Chilkoot Pass and sought gold in the rivers of Alaska.

Special Ranger presentation every Sunday at 2pm
Gold! Gold! Gold!

Come here the story of the discovery of gold, beautifully illustrated with photos from the gold rush and a gold panning demonstration.


George Carmack, a local prospector, was the first to make a claim on Rabbit Creek (Bonanza Creek) after discovering a concentration of gold.
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George Carmack
The Klondike Gold Rush (sometimes referred to as the Yukon Gold Rush or Alaskan Gold Rush) was the world’s largest gold placer on record. It all began in August of 1896 when a prospector by the name of George Carmack, his wife Kate, her brother Skookum Jim, and nephew Dawson Charlie found gold on Rabbit Creek in the Yukon Territory. Four claims of land were staked out, and word spread quickly in the surrounding area.


Klondike Gold Rush Map
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Stampeders took three routes north - none of them easy.  The destination was Dawson City near the Alaskan border.

Due to the remote region and long winters, the outside world was largely unaware of the new discoveries in the Yukon Territory until the following summer. In June of 1897, boats carrying large sums of gold and the story that went with it finally left the area on the rivers that thawed from the previous winter. 

Within two days of one another, ships arrived in San Francisco and Seattle carrying slightly more than today's equivalent of 1 billion dollars in gold. The arrival of such a large sum of gold during the depression known as the Panic of 1893 started the stampede that would later be referred to as the Klondike Gold Rush.

All types of people from all backgrounds decided to leave the lives that they knew to pursue a dream of gold and riches. They hopped aboard any boat that would float to start one of the two routes that went by way of the sea. Others chose to endure the All-Canadian route by wagon across the Canadian grasslands.





For more information on the Klondike Gold Rush and searching for gold in Alaska, consider the following links:

- Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park - Alaska

- Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park - Seattle

- Gold Panning in Alaska





 
In the foreground are tall yellow and green grasses on the shore of the wide Yukon River. Mountains and a partly cloudy sky are in the background. Did You Know?
The Yukon River flows through Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge for 460 miles, between the Alaska-Canada border to the east and the Dalton Highway bridge to the west.