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Aug 31 2011 (9:01AM)
News Entry# 36292 North to Alaska : A Journey Into History
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Aug 31 2011 (9:06AM)
Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!" headlined the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on July of 1897. "Sixty Eight Rich Men on Steamer Portland" arrived in Seattle with "Stacks of Yellow Metal." The news spread like California wildfire, and the Klondike Gold Rush began. In the first ten days over 1,500 people left for the Klondike. Within the next six months, approximately 100,000 gold-seekers steamed up Alaska's Inside Passage and arrived in Dyea and Skagway, the base for two treacherous overland treks to the Klondike gold fields. Only 30,000 completed the trip; 4,000 or so found gold, and only a few hundred struck it rich.The ones who did make a fortune were the merchants and profiteers who took advantage of the inexperienced miners, who they referred to as 'stampeders.' Long before the days of mass media, most of the 'get-rich-quick' miners knew virtually nothing about where they were going and the hardships that lay ahead of...