Closed March 18 - 19 - 20, 2014
The park will be closed all day on the following dates for scheduled maintenance; Tuesday March 18, Wednesday March 19, and Thursday March 20, 2014.
The Klondike Story
In August, 1896, gold was discovered in northwestern Canada, in a creek feeding the Klondike River, itself a tributary of the Yukon River. Almost a year later, "68 rich men" stepped off a ship in Seattle with "a ton of gold" from the Klondike region. Thus began the gold rush of 1897-1898. Seattle became the most important staging area for the rush, or stampede, an event commemorated by the Seattle unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
The Seattle unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (another unit is in Skagway, Alaska) depicts the colorful Seattle story through exhibits, films, maps, and interpretation by National Park Service Rangers. Located in the city's historic Pioneer Square area, the Park occupies a building that was once a hotel catering to hopeful fortune seekers of the late 1890s.
Did You Know?
Seattle has over 100 tunnels, some dating back to the Klondike Gold Rush period.