The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush pg. 6

Black and white photo of men and horses standing in a canyon
White Pass Trail was nicknamed the Dead Horse Trail.  

Photo courtesy of KLGO Archives- Candy Waugaman's Collection

The White Pass Trail was promoted as a horse-packing trail. That meant a person should have been able to take all of their goods by pack animal up over the 45-mile trail. Even though this trail was supposed to be easier than the Chilkoot Trail, it turned out to be more difficult because of muddy bogs and steep rocky cliffs. Even experienced stampeders could not lead the horses around the obstacles. The trail was so rough on horses that 3,000 died along the way, and it was quickly renamed the “Dead Horse Trail.”

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