The Klondike Gold Rush is something of a legend and it has somehow earned many names. Even though its location is precisely in Canada, it is very often called Alaska Gold Rush. This is particularly due to the fact that this Gold Rush was approached from the Alaskan ports. This article is a must-read; you will stumble upon some interesting facts concerning the Klondike Gold Rush. It was a short but a thrilling time period.
1. The Klondike Gold Rush lasted only a few years. It started somewhere in 1896 and by the end of 1899, there was nothing left to it. Hence, only a few of the rich nobles who left in search of gold came home with boxes full of it. It is ironically quoted how the expenses of the trip to the Klondike Gold Rush outweighed the treasure people found there.
2. The American economy was facing recession when the news of the discovery of the Klondike Gold Rush reached America. People immediately left from California and San Francisco, bringing back tonnes of gold. This brought about a stampede.
3. Even teachers and doctors left their work and went for the treasure hunt. Explorers from Africa arrived to find out about the Klondike Gold Rush.
4. Around 1897, it was apparent that everybody wanted to go there and the journey got expensive. It took around $300 to $500 to get to the Klondike. And the journey got more expensive as the stampede grew stronger.
5. People who left for Klondike made sure they were all set; they would carry supplies for a whole year or even more. This made their journey even more expensive as Canadian Police awaited them for custom and other travel matters.
6. The ports of Dyea and Skagway that are considered the nearest to the Gold Rush had a settlement around them; a rather peculiar settlement. There were no docking facilities on the Dyea port and cargos were unloaded directly onto the sandy beaches.
7. The nearest developed area, Dawson City, had a population of 30,000 people. It was an expensive city but law enforcement was properly monitored. There were hardly any thefts or murders in that large city. People weren’t even allowed to work late night or on Sundays.
8. Many of the prospectors were disappointed to find how all the mining contracts were sold by the time they reached the place.
9. A stunning fact: from the 100,000 that set off for the Gold Rush, only 40,000 reached their destination. And from those 40,000 desperate people, only 4000 managed to get some gold.
10. There are excellent documentaries, movies and comic plays on this subject. For those interested, City of Gold, The Klondyke March, Two Steps and Scrooge McDuck are a must-watch.
The Klondike Gold Rush has been an important part of culture and tourism. It has been a world-wide popular event that turned lives upside down. The interesting events that followed the discovery of gold have been used comically, ironically and in a lot of other ways.
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