• 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 human drama that caught the attention of the world, and transformed the demograhpics, culture and environment of Alaska and the Yukon. The event was not one sigle human drama, but instead 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?

Stampeders watch a man carry a piano on his back through the snow

Many stampeders brought musical instruments with them in addition to the required “ton of goods.” This included at least one piano which was carried up to the summit of the Chilkoot Pass. More...