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

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Retrace the Steps of the Last Grand Adventure- The Klondike Gold Rush

“Gold!” is what the headlines read in 1897, starting the Klondike Gold Rush. Thousands, hoping to ease the woes of economic depression, sold farms, dropped businesses and boarded ships to follow their dreams north. Today Klondike Gold Rush NHP commemorates the bravery of the stampeders who voyaged north by protecting the trails, historic boomtowns and buildings of the Klondike Gold Rush era.

Did You Know?

Watch painted on a mountain

The Pioneer Jewelry Store opened in August of 1897 in a tent and can today be seen as Kirmse's Jewelry & Curio store. Kirmse's watchface painted on the east mountain face is a surviving gold-rush era advertisement for this store and bridges Skagway's history from gold rush to major cruise port. More...