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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park was established to commemorate the great stampede that caught the attention of the world, and transformed the demographics, culture and environment of Alaska and the Yukon. The event was not one single human drama, but hundreds of thousands of stories of the stampeders who made their way to the Klondike, leaving a trail of boom towns and history behind.

Dive into history with some of these fascinating stories from the Klondike Gold Rush:

 
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    What was the Klondike Gold Rush?

    Learn about the great human drama that was the mad dash to the far north known as the Klondike Gold Rush.

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    Buffalo Soldiers of Company L

    Company L, a unit of black soldiers, spent 3 years serving their country in Southeast Alaska. Learn about their time taming the frontier.

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    Recreation in Skagway

    Baseball, football, basketball, hiking, and photography there was a club or sport for every Skagwegian.

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    Chilkoot Trail History

    From a Tlingit trade route, to a gold rush highway, to a modern recreation trail. Learn how the Chilkoot Trail has changed over 150 years.

  • Bottles, glasses, and other items line an old back bar with a mirror behind them

    The George & Edna Rapuzzi Collection

    Learn more about some of the unique and historic items in Jeff. Smiths Parlor Museum donated by the Rasmuson Foundation.

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    The Flood of 1901

    In October 1901 the Skagway river rose quickly and threatened the town. Learn how Company L responded to the disaster.

 

Stories of the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway, and more!

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    Historic photo of the line of people walking up steep snowy pass with buildings and supplies in foreground

    National Park Service, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Candy Waugaman Collection, KLGO Library SS-127-8834

    Last updated: January 25, 2020

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    Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
    P.O. Box 517

    Skagway , AK 99840

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    907 983-9200

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