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Interesting Tidbits about the Alaska Gold Rush

October 14, 2016

When you think about the gold rush, you probably think about California. But California wasn't the first place where gold was discovered, that was actually North Carolina, nor was it the only place gold was discovered. The Alaska Gold Rush was a short lived phenomenon, but it holds some pretty interesting facts.


It Has Another Name


The Alaska Gold Rush is also called the Klondike Gold Rush. This is because the location of the rush is actually in the Klondike region of the Yukon in Canada. It got the name "Alaska Gold Rush" because the region was approached from ports in Alaska.


It was Short Lived


The Alaska Gold Rush started in 1896 and ended in 1899. As the number of people traveling grew, so did the cost to travel. It cost anywhere between $300 and $500 to go, and as more and more people went, the more expensive it got.


By the end of the rush, there was nothing left, meaning very few people returned with Alaska gold. For most of the brave travelers who went off in search of riches, they were sorely disappointed, and the cost of the journey was more than they brought back.


It Occurred During a Recession


There was a recession going on when news of gold in the Klondike region reached the ears of those in the US. Once they got word of gold in another area, there was practically stampede to get there in hopes of hitting pay dirt


Not Everyone Was a Miner


Even people who weren't traditional gold miners, such as educators and physicians, went off on the journey. Any of those who did go made sure they were set for at least a year. Because of this, the cost of the journey went up, since Canadian police were ready and waiting to handle customs.


Ports Nearby


In Alaska, the ports of Dyea and Skagway had a rather interesting settlement. Dyea had no docks, so any cargo was unloaded directly onto the beach.


The closest area to the gold rush was Dawson City, which had approximately 30,000 people. Despite being so close to gold, the crime rate was quite low, with very little theft or murder. No one worked late on Sunday nights. The police force kept a good eye on the area.


Disappointment Ran High


A lot of miners were disappointed when they first arrived in the Klondike region, as the mining contracts were quickly gobbled up. A very small percentage of people who set off for the area actually came back with anything. Approximately 100,000 people set off on the journey, but only 40,000 actually arrived. Of those 40,000 hopefuls, only 4,000 actually went home with gold.


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