|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.