Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
“Ho to the Klondike!” became the spirited cry of would-be gold miners in 1897, when word of the rich strike in the Canadian Yukon first reached a world gripped by economic depression. By winter, thousands of hopeful prospectors had staked their lives and savings in a desperate stampede north to find their fortunes. Most would travel 1,000 miles by steamship from Seattle, Washington to Skagway, Alaska, then by foot over the Chilkoot and White passes, and finally by open rafts and boats 500 miles on the Yukon River to Dawson City. The park commemorates the world’s last great adventure through restored historic buildings and trails in the Skagway area.