• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

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The Klondike Gold Rush was a key event in the economic development of Seattle and the Puget Sound region. In 1897, seventy thousand stampeders headed for Seattle to equip themselves with a year's worth of food, clothing, and equipment so that they could live in the Yukon Territory of Canada as they sought their fortunes

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    Teaching with Historic Places: The Klondike Gold Rush

    Three of the lesson plans in the "Teaching with Historic Places" series feature the 'last great adventure' - the late 1800's gold rush to the far north.

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    Impacts of the Klondike Gold Rush

    Impacts of the Klondike Gold Rush

    What were the results, to the natural resources and Native populations of Seattle, Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, when 70,000 Stampeders headed to the Klondike Gold Rush?

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    Taming a River

    Taming a River

    What impacts happen to a watercourse happen when you mine for gold on it, especially in areas underlain with permafrost? "Taming a River" looks at the possible effects which occur during most mining operations that took place during the historic gold rushes in North America. The lesson plan can also be modified to see what could happen in areas underlain with permafrost.

Did You Know?

Did You Know gold is twice as dense as lead

Gold is twice as dense as lead.