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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park commemorates the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s. From 1896 to 1899, 100,000 ‘stampeders’ set out to find their fortunes in the Yukon Territory. Of those who attempted the arduous journey, only 30,000 made it to the Klondike. Around 4000 actually struck gold.
Stepping into downtown Skagway is like stepping into the late 1800s. The National Park Service manages and preserves twenty historical structures here. The park seeks to tell the story of the boomtown days when hopeful prospectors passed through in search of a better life.
Skagway went from a tent city to a frontier town almost overnight. Stampeders sailed up the Inside Passage to Skagway. From Skagway, they trekked the White Pass Trail to the Yukon River. Once on the river, they had another 500 miles to go until they made it to the Klondike gold fields.
Authorities required prospectors to have a year’s worth of supplies in order to hike the White Pass. Transients arrived in Skagway without provisions and struggled to find work and and acquire the necessary supplies. Most of those who made the journey eventually returned home broke.
We stopped in Skagway on our Alaskan cruise. Once off the ship, we made beeline for the visitor center. We watched the movie and attended a ranger talk on the Buffalo Soldier outpost in Skagway. Then we toured Jeff Smith’s Parlor, walked through the Moore Homestead and finally rode the White Pass Railway up to the Yukon.
- Klondike Gold Rush NHP
- White Pass Depot
- Jeff Smith’s Parlor
- The Moore Homestead
- White Pass and Yukon Route Railway
Location: Skagway, Alaska
Designation: National Historical Park
Date designated/established: June 30, 1976
Date of my visit: June 2, 2022
13 thoughts on “Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park”
If we were told we had to bring a year’s worth of supplies to go somewhere, imagine how much we’d carry with us today.
Impossible, LOL! 🙂
I had a relative who went to Skagway, but doubt he had any intention of going to the Yukon. He put out his doctor’s shingle (was in his 70s by then and had been to California in that gold rush. Didn’t mine there, either.) I’d love to visit the place. I read the book “Stampede” recently. I also have “The Floor of Heaven” but haven’t read it yet.
Wow…..what an amazing journey these men took just to get to Skagway…..then over the pass to the river and then another 500 miles.What a trip and commitment.
Yes, and ending in heartbreak more often than not.
Skagway is a great place to visit.
Yes, we enjoyed it!
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