Monday, December 14, 2015

Klondike Gold Rush

This is a classic picture of the Klondike Gold Rush from 1898. You wonder what chance most of these people really had. In the case of things like this, the first guy gets the gold and then after that the only people making money are the ones selling supplies to all those people in line.


  1. Michener and Daily both had great accounts of the trek over Chilkoot Pass. Just don't lose your place or you'll have a LONG wait to get back in line.

  2. A lot of shopkeepers in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco got rich selling overpriced and in some cases unnecessary goods to those headed for the gold fields. Some of the ships were so overladen with passengers or goods that they sank. But the hope of making a fortune is what kept those folks going up and over Chilkoot Pass, and on the many other less famous routes to the gold fields.


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