• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

    National Historical Park Washington

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Field Trip Videos

Title & Description

Length

Viewing level

Seattle: Gateway to the Gold Fields

This video, shoot in 2011, features what happened in Seattle during the Klondike Gold Rush. It follows the adventures of Frances Dorley and John Nordstrom, and explains the part Erastus Brainerd played in promoting Seattle as the starting point for the gold rush.

25 mins.

3rd - adult

Gold Fever: Race to the Klondike

This video, highlights the discovery of gold in the Yukon Territory by George Carmack and his relatives. From there it explains the difficulties and hardships which awaited the Stampeders on their journey north to the Yukon territory gold fields. (Brielfy mentions the Dead Horse Trail, which may be distressing to younger students.)

25 mins.

3rd -
adult

Hiking the Chlkoot Trail

A must see for anyone thinking about hiking the trail. The video talks about the trail, how it looks today, and what you might encounter during your trip. Shot in 2011.

15 mins.

3th - adult

Undamming the Elwha

A video shot for PBS which goes accompanies our current tempoaray exhibit about the Elwha River Restoration project. It talks about the problems and expectations of the largest river restoration project to date in the world, involving the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River in the Olympic Peninsula.

40 mins.

5th - adults

Days of Adventure Dreams of Gold

This movie was shown for many years as the park's main film. It showcases the struggles Stampeders had to overcome to reach the Klondike. The film also shows how they mined the gold, and the gold rush's final impact. The filming style, involves panning and zooming on colorized historic photographs.

(Brielfy mentions and shows images of the Dead Horse Trail, which may be distressing to younger students.)

25 mins.

4th - Adult

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Did You Know gold is twice as dense as lead

Gold is twice as dense as lead.