Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is located in Skagway, Alaska. This southeast area of Alaska in connection with lands of western Canada is on the traditional homelands of the Lingit/Tlingit and Tagish people. The indigenous groups regularly utilized the region for hundreds of generations (Ethnographic Overview and Assessment at: eoa.pdf (npshistory.com)
Among those involved with the 1896 gold discovery that led to the Klondike Gold Rush were Shaaw Tlaa (Kate Carmack) Shaaw Tláa (Kate Carmack) (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) and her brother Keish (Skookum Jim Mason) (Keish (Skookum Jim Mason) (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov). Born in Tagish (Yukon Territory) their family was tightly linked to the trade between the coastal Lingit and inland Tagish.
Before the 1880s, the Lingit closely guarded the Chilkoot trail (Early Chilkoot Expeditions - Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)), which became the major access during the gold rush leading from Dyea through the Coast Mountains to Bennett, in British Columbia.
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Visit the park website at: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Last updated: November 2, 2021