• Nine men pose 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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Chilkoot Trail Unit sign showing the National Park Service arrowhead logo and an outline of people with loads climbing up a snowy pass

The Chilkoot Trail, in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, is 33 miles long and is shared with our neighbor, Parks Canada. Hikers cross the border at the top of the pass and enter British Columbia. The trail is considered to be the world's longest outdoor museum. More...