• 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 horse mired in mud and snow

The White Pass Trail of Klondike Gold Rush NHP earned infamy as the "Dead Horse Trail." Over 3,000 horses died there as inexperienced gold seekers struggled to reach the Klondike. "The horses died like mosquitoes in the first frost, and from Skagway to Bennett they rotted in heaps." -Jack London More...