Gold Rush, Klondike

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  • In mid-August 1896, a trio of prospectors—Skookum Jim, Tagish Charlie, and George Carmack—discovered gold “lying like cheese in a sandwich” along a tributary of the Tron-diuck (Klondike) River in the Yukon River drainage of Canada's Northwest Territories. The trio's discovery touched off what became known to the world as the Klondike Gold Rush, an event that transformed not only the surrounding region but nearby Alaska as well. Its impact was such that Canada's Yukon Territory still celebrates this so-called last great gold rush; indeed, the territory's license plates declare it to be “Home of the Klondike.” This singular event stirred the world's imagination and seared Alaska into the world's consciousness.

    Before 1896, the vast region surrounding the gold discovery site was terra incognita for all ...

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