At a Glance
The Klondike Gold Rush, in response to the 1893 depression in the United States, is one of the most epic movements of people in history. It lured over 100,000 people to one of the harshest environments anywhere in the world. It is a saga of people willing to risk it all to realize their dreams of gold. Whitehorse, Yukon and Skagway, AK, are two cities that were the focal points to get to Dawson, Yukon, where gold was discovered in 1896. Many descendants of today’s Alaskans trace their ancestry to Klondike gold miners. Join our local expert, Jerri Roberts, as she explores the stories and events which left a long-lasting mark on Alaska and its people.