• 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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Historic photo of a tent camp along the Chilkoot Trail

During the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Finnegan's Camp on the Chilkoot Trail was a tent city. There were saloons, restaurants and hotels all housed in tents.