Klondike Gold Rush History PDF Print E-mail

The Klondike Gold Rush was touched off by the August 16, 1896 discovery of gold on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River, by George Washington Carmack and his Indian brothers-in-law, "Skookum Jim" and "Tagish Charley." This accidental find was the result of a tip by a Canadian prospector, Robert Henderson, now credited as co-discoverer. The gold rush that followed was confined that first year to the Yukon interior. Miners already on the scene staked every creek in the Klondike and Indian river watersheds, including the fabulously rich Eldorado.

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