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.