• historic photo of men with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush: Part One

Two tons of newly unloaded Klondike gold on the wharfs of Seattle

Klondike Gold Arrives in Seattle

Museum of History & Industry. Seattle, WA

On July 14, 1897, the SS Excelsior landed in San Francisco with over 750,000 dollars worth of gold. Three days later, the SS Portland landed in Seattle with a huge amount of gold; over two tons! The arrival of these two ships signaled the start of the Klondike Gold Rush.

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Historic photo showing busy street scene with mud streets

At the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, 150 businesses were established in Dyea, Alaska including 48 Hotels and 2 Hospitals. By 1903, Dyea's population was a mere 3. A visit to Dyea today reveals a thriving forest growing over the ghosts of those buildings. More...