Summit of White Pass, 1898.Summit of White Pass, 1898.Dawson City Museum

The Klondike Gold Rush tells the legendary story of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush (1896-1899). Still renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history, the discovery made on Bonanza Creek- a tiny tributary in Canada's Yukon Territory- set off a “stampede” of over 100,000 people.

The central tale is the colossal journey inland from Alaska to the gold fields and the boomtown Dawson City. The stampeders cross ocean waters, mountain passes and raging rapids intent on reaching Dawson, striking it rich, and revolutionizing their lives forever.

Historians and authors bring insight and perspective to the event that changed the lives of thousands. Archival photography creates an intimate connection to time and place. Harper's Weekly correspondent Tappan Adney—is brought to life through excerpts from his celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900). Adney serves as witness to the events and the hardships along the way. Present-day characters reveal that the Klondike is still alive in the frontier spirit.

The Klondike Gold Rush confirms that the stories and legends of the Klondike continue to inspire us.  

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