Klondike Goldfield rush images

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Klondike Goldfield rush images

Post by Philski » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:44 pm

I found these amazing images of the actual rush to the Klondike Goldfield by the gold diggers at the end of the 18th Century. (1898-1999)

There were literally hundreds of people walking and camping the 50+ km track over the Coast Range everyday to find their fortune in freezing condition. The pass is called the Chilkoot Pass and the Golden stairs lead up to it. The field is still producing a century later and many nature reserves and camping grounds dot the area where miners and prospectors once went. You would never know they had been there.. It gave both the country and prospectors wealth and today is a major tourism drawcard and globally recognised working goldfield and major tourism brand for Canada. Both can coexist happily and neither would be much without the other in this day and age. Hopefully, in another 100 years Tasmania will see similar initiatives happen. But i doubt it.

Just over the top of the ridge is the headwater of the equally famous Yukon River. As the field progressed rail was introduced and Dawson city flourished and the prospectors eventually stopped using the pass when rail was introduced to get to the Klondike.
Gold diggers marching through Chilkoot pass, 1898.png

image source: Murdock, G.G. - Library and Archives Canada / C-004492 First published in 1900, "The Klondike, a souvenir", Rufus Bucks Publisher, Seattle, 1900

Jonathan.s.kt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ChilkootTrailUS1.jpg (2004)
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Re: Klondike Goldfield rush images

Post by whitehunter » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:19 pm

Great pics Phil , there is a lot of hopeful people in those black and white photo's .

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Re: Klondike Goldfield rush images

Post by drystone » Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:31 am

Cool photos Philski,
gold fever sure hits hard; especially in the days where there was no social security and still areas of undiscovered beauty and potential treasure.
"Fortune favours the brave"

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