The Klondike gold fields were the ultimate destination for the stampeders. After about a ten-month journey, they were very excited to reach Dawson City. During the height of the gold rush, the population of Dawson peaked between 40,000 and 50,000 people.
Unfortunately, when the stampeders arrived in Dawson, they found most of the gold claims already taken by miners who arrived before them. Many stampeders hung around Dawson a few weeks and then sailed back home. Although most of these seekers never found any gold, they did have an adventure they remembered for the rest of their lives.
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