Front Street, Dawson City. The boomtown Dawson City emerges as the heart of the story.
Beginning inan army of hopeful goldseekers, unaware that most of the good Klondike claims were already staked, boarded ships in Seattle and other Pacific port cities and headed north toward the vision of riches to be had for the taking.
All through the summer and on into the winter ofstampeders poured into the newly created Alaskan tent and shack towns of Skagway and Dyea - the jumping off points for the mile trek to the goldfields. Skagwayat the head of the White Pass Trailwas founded by a former steamboat captain named William Moore.
Dyeathree miles away at the head of Taiya Inlet, experienced the same frantic boomtown activity as goldseekers poured ashore and picked their way up the Chilkoot Trail into Canada.
There were murders and suicides, disease and malnutrition, and deaths from hypothermia, avalancheand possibly even heartbreak.
The Chilkoot Trail was the toughest on men because pack animals could not be used easily on the steep slopes leading to the pass. Until tramways were built late in and earlythe stampeders had to carry everything on their backs.
The White Pass Trail was the animal-killer, as anxious prospectors overloaded and beat their pack animals and forced them over the rocky terrain until they dropped. More than 3, animals died on this trail; many of their bones still lie at the bottom on Dead Horse Gulch.
During the first year of the rush an estimated 20, to 30, goldseekers spent an average of three months packing their outfits up the trails and over the passes to the lakes.
The distance from tidewater to the lakes was only about 35 miles, but each individual trudged hundreds of miles back and forth along the trails, moving gear from cache to cache. Once the prospectors had hauled their full array of gear to the lakes, they built or bought boats to float the remaining or so miles downriver to Dawson City and the Klondike mining district where an almost limitless supply of gold nuggets was said to lie.
By midsummer of there were 18, people at Dawson, with more than 5, working the diggings. By August many of the stampeders had started for home, most of them broke. The next year saw a still larger exodus of miners when gold was discovered at Nome, Alaska.
The great Klondike Gold Rush ended as suddenly as it had begun. Towns such as Dawson City and Skagway began to decline. Others, including Dyea, disappeared altogether, leaving only memories of what many consider to be the last grand adventure of the 19th century.Nov 24, · 90 reviews of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit "Get Transported Back to the Days of the Gold Rush Great little interactive museum where you can learn about the history of Seattle and the impact of the Gold Rush.
Find great deals on eBay for Klondike Gold Rush in Books About Nonfiction. Shop with confidence. The Klondike Gold Rush was a frenzy of gold rush immigration to and gold prospecting in the Klondike near Dawson City in the Yukon Territory, Canada, after gold .
Sep 19, · It focuses on the impact of the Gold Rush on Seattle. It is a companion to the Klondike Gold Rush Visitor Center in Skagway, Alaska.
There is a /5(). The Klondike Gold Rush is a typical Ken Burns type program. There is a lot of information but there's not much information at the same time. Even though a personal element is involved, the viewer doesn't really get a good feel for it.
Today, the park remembers the trails, boomtowns, and stories of the Klondike Gold Rush. Read More. What was the Klondike Gold Rush? Learn about the great human drama that was the mad dash to the far north known as the Klondike Gold Rush. Buffalo Soldiers of Company L. The Klondike Gold Rush is a production of Gold Rush Productions Inc. in association with Rogers Broadcasting Limited and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto, made possible by The Wilson Foundation, The Cable. The Klondike Kings quickly became very rich. It is estimated that over one billion dollars worth of gold was found, adjusted to late 20th century standards.
The great, great, great uncle end, while it has closure just doesn't reach the viewer. The Klondike Kings quickly became very rich. It is estimated that over one billion dollars worth of gold was found, adjusted to late 20th century standards.