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Klondike Gold Rush
Transcript of Klondike Gold Rush
By Mya Otaguro
The weather could both be a help or an obstacle. Winter travel meant deep snow and treacherous ice.
However, the mud that formed each spring and fall would be frozen and snow would cover the sharp, jagged rocks that the traveler would have to avoid in the summer.
Despite early problems such as conflicts with the original inhabitants, floods, and economic insecurity, Seattle slowly grew.
The region was mountainous, the rivers winding and sometimes impassable; the short summers could be hot, while October to June, during the long winters, temperatures could drop below -50 degrees C (-58 degrees F).
The region could only be accessed by icy passes through rugged mountains, and the rapids of the Yukon Rive.
rOnce in the Klondike, prospectors had to contend with frozen streams and permafrost—making mining nearly impossible.
Although gold was rich and continues to be mined in the region, few prospectors became rich in the Klondike Gold Rush.
The California gold rush of 1849 created a sudden, large, and growing market for timber, and Seattle got its first rush of trade profits in shipping milled lumber south to the Bay Area and the Sierra goldfields. Gold discoveries in northern and eastern Washington drew more settlers north of Columbia in the 1850s and 1860s.
Gold discoveries in northern and eastern Washington drew more settlers north of Columbia in the 1850s and 1860s.The completion of this second line, however, coincided with a severe economic panic, followed by a severe depression that lasted until 1897.
Unemployment soared in the Northwest, and around the country. Banks closed, and businesses failed.
At the moment that the railroad promised to open more and distant markets for Northwest timber, fish, and wheat, the national economy bottomed out.
Several thousand people beyond Seattle arrived to look for work in the city, hoping to find jobs in the service economies fueled by the growing boom.
Seattle grew by becoming the center of trade with Northwestern hinterlands, which with the gold rush came to include Alaska.
According to its own sources, Seattle managed to draw 3/4 of the gold seekers to its stores.
The Seattle Trade Register reported 15000 miners moving through Seattle from January through March, 1898, which was most of the crowded periods.
In the Yukon, Discovery Day is celebrated on the third Monday in August as a holiday, and the events of the gold rush are promoted by the regional tourist industries.
The events of the Klondike gold rush rapidly became embedded in North American culture.
Gold came from north-west Canada, near the Klondike region of the Yukon. Gold traveled from Canada to San Francisco, California with a half million dollars worth of gold, and to Seattle with one million dollars of gold brought by steamship
In addition, Seattle was a booming city because of the gold rumors in Canada; so people settled in Washington to live closer to the Yukon which provided closer access to the Klondike mines, in search of gold.
And do to the Klondike, people from all over the U.S as well as Europe and Asia came to start businesses in Washington to build on economy.