Palm Sunday Avalanche
The deadliest event of the Klondike gold rush occurred on April 3, 1898, between Sheep Camp and the Scales on the Chilkoot Trail. Numerous snow slides took place on that day. Five slides directly involved stampeders, and three resulted in the loss of life. Another slide the following day took the lives of two others.¹ Altogether over 65 lives were probably lost. Many other snow slides took place on the Chilkoot Trail during the gold rush, but relatively few endangered the lives of stampeders.²
1. Dyea Press, 5/21/98, p. 2.
Did You Know?
Wild Iris blooming in the meadows and marsh lands of Dyea, Alaska offers a visual treat for visitors. These delicate beauties are closely related to the domestic iris or flag you may have in your garden. You can see them bloom in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, mid-June to mid-July. More...