Presentation on theme: "The Klondike Gold Rush By Will LeVan. Introduction You might say in a puzzled way, The Klondike chocolate bar? or, The Gold Rush in San Francisco? No."— Presentation transcript:
Introduction You might say in a puzzled way, The Klondike chocolate bar? or, The Gold Rush in San Francisco? No. The Klondike Gold Rush was a gold immigration along the Klondike River near Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. It was discovered in the late 19 th Century. The Klondike Gold Rush was also known as the Yukon Gold Rush.
Gold Taken About 12,500,000 troy ounces 390,000 kg (860,000 lb) have been taken from the Klondike area in the century since the discovery of the Klondike Gold Rush. Smaller bits of gold are still being found in the Klondike area today.
Discovery of the Rush The discovery of the Klondike Gold Rush is credited to George Carmack, but the true discovery is very unclear. It goes like this. Keish (Skookum Jim Mason), was walking down the Yukon looking for her sister Kate, and husband George. After finding them, they met Robert Henderson who had been gold mining in a nearby river, Indian River. Keish, Kate, and George then found gold in another creek, Bonanza (Rabbit) Creek. Then they found a lot of gold in Klondike River, and news spread fast.
Gold was Great News for America This was great news to most of America because the economy was down thanks to the Panic of 1893 and 1896. In 1898, the population in the Klondike may have reached 40,000. The story of the Klondike Gold Rush is very similar to the gold rush that happened in San Francisco in 1949 and the 1950s.
News and First Come First Serve Klondike Kings were what the people were called that set up shop first because gold was being found anywhere and everywhere. Klondike Kings became wealthy quick. News about the gold rush went rather slow actually. The first news that there was gold arrived in the U.S. a whole eleven months later! The Seattle Post-Intelligencer said more than a ton of gold! The gold rush was on!
The Trip Within six months, at least 100,000 people decided destiny lay for them in the Klondike. Sadly, around 70,000 failed the trip for many reasons. The trip was unbearable for many reasons. Cold was very likely the biggest problem. On the way to the Klondike it would get to -50 degrees Fahrenheit. The Northwest Mounted Police in Canada required that all people bring a year's worth of supplies with them. Still, many people died of startvation.