• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

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1 "American Survey: The Heirs of the Klondike," The Economist (February 15-21, 1997), p. 25.

2 The Trade Register, December Trade Summary, 1898, p. 28; Pierre Berton, The Klondike Fever: The Life and Death of the Last Great Gold Rush (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1958). Neither source explains how the precise number of gold seekers was obtained.

3 William B. Haskell, Two Years in the Klondike and Alaska Gold-Fields, 1896-1898 (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1998), p. 17.

4 "American Survey: The Heirs of the Klondike," p. 25.

5 Kimberly B. Marlowe, "Seattitude," Pacific Northwest, The Seattle Times, August 16, 1998, p. 8.

6 Bill Gates, "The Internet 'Gold Rush': Where's the Gold?," Microsoft Internet Column, http://www.microsoft.com./BillGates_L/column/1995essay/12-6-95.htm, p. 1.

7 James Wallace and Jim Erickson, Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1992), p. 125.

8 "American Survey: The Heirs of the Klondike," p. 25.

9 Murray Morgan, Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1982), p. 10.

10 Irving Sayford, "The Klondike Put Seattle on the Map," Travel, March 1939.


Did You Know?

Crowd at seattle docks

Over 5000 people greeted the Steamer Portland upon her first arrival in Seattle with 68 miners from the Klondike.