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

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska


Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park was established to commemorate the great stampede that caught the attention of the world, and transformed the demographics, culture and environment of Alaska and the Yukon. The event was not one single human drama, but hundreds of thousands of stories of the stampeders who made their way to the Klondike, leaving a trail of boom towns and history behind. Select from the navigation on the left to learn more about the fascinating stories of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Historic photo of the Chilkoot Trail with a line of hikers going from an encampment to the summit
Photo courtesy of the Candy Waugaman Collection, KLGO Library SS-127-8834

Did You Know?

Woman with hat

The Gold Rush provided new opportunities. Harriet “Ma” Pullen, who arrived in Skagway with just $7 in her pockets, became one of Skagway’s prominent citizens, owning land in Dyea and running an elegant hotel in Skagway.