• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Natural History Collection

Color photo of a flower

Wood Rose

NPS photo

Over 400 plant specimens were collected in 1993 from Dyea, the Chilkoot Trail and White Pass Unit in a reconnaissance-level natural resource inventory project. Other specimens have been collected since and the result has been the creation of a quality scientific voucher collection. In 2008, a lichens study and inventory were conducted which added hundreds of lichen specimens to the park collection. At this time the Park has 5,739 catalogued herbarium specimens that have been carefully documented and identified. There are 40 voucher fish specimens, 9 mammal or bird specimens and two nests in the collection. Furthermore, all records, data and reports are maintained as part of the museum collection.

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Did You Know?

Pile of boards and canvas in abandoned on rocks

The mystery of why these canvas boats were left behind at the Chilkoot summit of Klondike Gold Rush NHP, remains unsolved. One theory reports that it was too costly to pay the customs to take them over the border. Perhaps they were too flimsy for the rough waters of Bennett Lake?