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

Special Ranger presentation every Sunday at 2pm at our Anchorage location

Gold! Gold! Gold!

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.

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.
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
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

A sharp perspective shot of a steep hillside covered in fall foliage as it meets the flat surface of the the Yukon River, with low, dark mountains and an overcast sky in the background. Did You Know?
Of its 2,300 mile total length, 1,875 miles of the Yukon River flow through Alaska. In its watershed are 3 National Parks, 8 National Wildlife Refuges, and thousands of acres of Bureau of Land Management lands.