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The Alaskan Gold Rush

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Rigo Gutierrez

on 28 January 2013

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GOLD RUSH MAP OF THE YUKON The Call of the Wild Setting: California and up through Canada towards Alaska, during the Alaskan (Klondike) Gold Rush in the late 1890’s. Gold was discovered in Alaska on August 16, 1896 and, when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a "stampede" of would-be prospectors. The journey proved too hard to many and only between 30,000 and 40,000 managed to arrive. Some became wealthy; however, the majority went in vain and only around 4,000 struck gold. The Klondike Gold Rush ended in 1899, after gold was discovered in Nome, prompting an exodus from the Klondike. It has been immortalized by photographs of prospectors in the snow, by books like The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and films such as The Gold Rush. http://www.library.state.ak.us/goldrush/ARCHIVES/PHOTOS/384_81.htm Getting to the Fields A 35-degree slope of snow and ice -- four miles long, requiring fifty trips ( six hours each ) to bring a year's worth of supplies per individual, as required by Canadian authorities, to the top.
At the height of the rush, 22,000 seekers endured the ordeal. Chilkoot Pass Chilkoot Pass Photos of a human chain of stampeders trudging up the Chilkoot Pass have come to symbolize the Klondike Gold Rush.
In 1897-'98, the North West Mounted Police set up a border crossing into Canada at the summit of the Chilkoot.
They ordered every stampeder to carry a year's worth of supplies. After all, there was no turning back once they were into the Klondike, and commerce was limited, to say the least. 35° Angle http://www.si.edu/postal/gold/trail18.html $40.00 225 lbs. $25.00 35 lbs. Footwear............................. $75-$90.00 1249 lbs. Groceries............................. $75.00 112 lbs. Cost Weight Clothing............................... Hardware............................. Required Supplies Arrival at the “field of gold” The monumental efforts of the Klondike hopefuls inspired Jack London, Robert Service and lesser talents to spin romantic narratives of the mining life. But history, just as in California, tells a grimmer story.
http://www.calliope.org/gold/gold4.html Jack London in Alaska
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