Presentation on theme: " The California gold rush was well under way People were migrating west to make it rich in the mountains of California Russian geologist Pet Doroshin."— Presentation transcript:
The California gold rush was well under way People were migrating west to make it rich in the mountains of California Russian geologist Pet Doroshin reported gold deposits in the Kenai Peninsula The rumors of gold spread south to California and attracted people to Alaska
Between 1861 and 1872 Gold had been located in Southeast Alaska this created the first gold district in Alaska, Cassiar Gold District The first mining district was created in Sitka in May 1879 after other smaller gold discoveries were made
In 1880 Alaskan Native Chief Kowee led prospector Joe Juneau and Richard Harris to a area north of Ft. Wrangell. They found gold News spread and thousands rushed from the Mountains of Oregon and California The town of Juneau was found In 1882 John Treadwell located gold on Douglas Island and created the Alaska Treadwell Gold Mining Company in 1887 Made $67 million in gold Employed over 2,000 people at its peak
In 1896 George Washington Carmack, Tagish Charlie Mason, and Skookum Jim Mason discovered gold in Canada Word of the discovery did not spread outside Alaska until 1897, but when it did people flooded to Alaska Over 80,000 people rushed to strike it rich By the time most people reached Dawson the profitable claims had already been staked
Seattle, Washington was the last city prospectors usually saw before heading north to the Klondike ChilkootTrail White Pass Trail All Water Yukon River route Valdez Glacier Trail 1/3 rd of the people who attempted to reach Dawson turned around
In 1899 word reached the Klondike gold field that gold had been discovered on the Seward Peninsula 8,000 people left the Klondike in one week heading for Nome As with the Klondike most claims were taken by the time people reached Nome In 1899 Gold was also discovered on the beaches of Nome, making it easier to find. Between 1899 and 1910 over $46 million had been taken from Nome
In July 1902 Felix Pedro found gold in the Tanana Hills This led directly to the founding of Fairbanks Gold in Fairbanks was different than the others It was buried deep below Permafrost Fairbanks proved to be more profitable than many gold mines including the Klondike
What Effect did the Gold Rush have on the Natives? What was life like in the mining camps? What supplies were mandatory for prospectors to have to go into the Klondike?
Did everyone make it rich? Why or Why not? What occupations did people make money on other than gold mining? List 3 things/questions you found interesting about the Gold rush
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