• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • Visitor Center Closing at 1 pm

    Thursday Sept 4, 2014 the park visitor center will close at 1:00 pm.

  • Area disruptions Sept 3 and Sept 4

    Both local area streets, and walkways will be affected Sept 3 - Sept 4 by the NFL Gameday Village and Seattle Seahawks home opener. Street parking may be extremely limited and in area private lots will have higher than normal special event prices.

Wildlife of Puget Sound

Puget Sound is the second largest estuary in the lower 48 states. Thousands of freshwater waterways flow into the sound from the surrounding mountains. The nutrient-rich waters and variety of habitats over 200 species of marine fish, 26 species of marine mammals, 170 types of birds, and approximately nearly 3,200 species of invertebrates.

Recently, Puget Sound has been in the news for the number of unusual animal sightings. Whether these are the results of climate change or just the normal wanderings of species caused by storms and ocean currents remains to be seen.

 

Did You Know?

Did You Know? 1 in every 10 Klondike Stampeders was a woman

Of the over 70,000 stampeders headed for the gold fields during the Klondike Gold Rush, 1 in every 10 was a woman.