Three men were responsible for the discovery that started the Klondike Gold Rush. In August, 1896, almost a year before the world heard about the news, Skookum Jim Mason, Dawson Charlie, and George Carmack found the gold shining “like cheese in a sandwich” near Dawson City on Bonanza Creek. Bonanza Creek is a tributary of the Yukon River in Canada.
The Yukon River, North America’s fourth longest river, flows north and west through Canada and Alaskan wilderness with many wild tributaries. Two small and remote creeks the Bonanza and the Eldorado, flow into the Klondike River and then on to the Yukon. It is on these small streams that the old time prospectors found some of the richest gold deposits in the world.