Front Street, Dawson City. The boomtown Dawson City emerges as the heart of the story.
The Klondike Gold Rush was an event of migration by an estimatedpeople prospecting to the Klondike region of north-western Canada in the Yukon region between and Reports of the gold in newspapers created a hysteria that was nation-wide and many people quit their jobs and then left for the Klondike to become gold-diggers.
Because of the harsh terrain and even harsher weather, it took gold rushers a year to reach the Klondike. The long climb over mountainous terrain and frozen rivers, coupled with the intense cold and frequent snowstorms, made for a long and arduous journey.
In the summer ofgold rushers arrived in the Klondike region by the thousands. Around 30, of theor so prospectors that set out for the Klondike actually made it there. Many gave up to due to the difficulties of The klondike journey and returned home; some were not able to survive the extreme temperatures and died.
Those that made it to the Klondike still had their work cut out for them, as the gold was not easy to find or extract.
Mining was challenging due to pretty unpredictable distribution of gold and digging was slowed by permafrost.
Because of this, there were minors that decided to buy and sell their claims so they could build an investment on the backs of others. Some set up and sold claims rather than digging for gold themselves.
Along the The klondike river, boom towns formed that were supported by the miners. Those that found gold spent their time and money in saloons, while those that found nothing continued to labor. Inminers received news that gold had been discovered in Nome and that it was much easier to get, causing the departure of the majority of the miners and the decline of the boom towns.
Over the next two years, at leasteager would-be prospectors from all over the world set out for the new gold fields with dreams of a quick fortune dancing in their heads.
Only about 40, actually made it to the Klondike, and precious few of them ever found their fortune. Swept along on this tide of gold seekers was a smaller and cannier contingent, also seeking their fortunes but in a far more practical fashion.
They were the entrepreneurs, the men and women who catered to the Klondike fever. George Carmack, the man who began it all, was neither a die-hard prospector nor a keen businessman.
The California native was simply in the right place at the right time. Not that this son of a Forty-Niner had anything against being rich. There had been rumors of gold in the Yukon as far back as the s, but little was done about it. Bythere were perhaps miners panning fine placer gold from the sandbars along the Yukon River.
Ingold was found in paying quantities on the bars of the Stewart River, south of the Klondike River. The next year, coarse gold was found on the Forty Mile River, and a trading post, called Fortymile, then sprang up where the river joins the Yukon River.
But when news of the strike on Rabbit Creek soon to be renamed Bonanza Creek reached the citizens of Circle City, they decamped in droves. So law enforcement was in place just in time to greet the droves of prospectors who would soon be stampeding to the Klondike region of the Yukon District, which would become a separate territory on June 13, Like his Indian friends, George Carmack believed in visions.
Shortly before his dramatic discovery, he had a vision in which two salmon with golden scales and gold nuggets for eyes appeared before him.
So lacking in mercenary impulses was he that he interpreted this as a sign that he should take up salmon fishing. Henderson insulted the Indians again by refusing to sell them tobacco.
While cleaning a dishpan, one of the three unearthed the thumb-sized chunk of gold that set the great rush in motion. On the way, he bragged to everyone he saw of his good luck.
Most of the old-timers just scoffed. But a few cheechakos newcomers went to investigate, and the word spread. Within five days, the valley was swarming with prospectors. By the end of August, the whole length of Bonanza Creek was staked out in claims; then an even richer vein was found on a tributary that became known as Eldorado Creek.
If all this had come about early in the year, the news would have reached civilization within a few weeks. But winter was already closing in. Once the rivers froze and the heavy snows fell, communication with the outside was nearly impossible.
William Ogilvie, a Canadian government surveyor, sent off two separate messages to Ottawa, telling of the magnitude of the strike, but both were lost in the bureaucratic shuffle.
The fever quickly reached epidemic proportions. The amount of gold in circulation had dropped, helping to cause the deep economic depression that had been eating at the United States for 30 years. The Pacific Northwest had been hit especially hard.Jan 20, · Title: Klondike (–) / Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site?
Use the HTML below/10(K). Seattle Post Intelligencer Klondike Edition, July 17, With cries of "Gold! Gold!
in the Klondike!" there unfolded in the Yukon and Alaska a brief but fascinating adventure, which has captured the imagination of people around the world ever since.
The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated , prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between and Gold was discovered there by local miners on August 16, , and, when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a stampede of prospectors.
Aug 21, · The Klondike Gold Rush, often called the Yukon Gold Rush, was a mass exodus of prospecting migrants from their hometowns to Canadian Yukon Territory and Alaska after gold was discovered there in With that pronouncement, the Klondike Gold Rush was on!
Within six months, approximately , gold-seekers set off for the Yukon. Only 30, completed the trip. The Klondike Gold Rush is a production of Gold Rush Productions Inc. in association with Rogers Broadcasting Limited and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto, made possible by .