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Who Discovered Klondike Gold?

Who Discovered Klondike Gold?

This site about the Klondike Gold Rush includes a complete collection of historical documents and images, and a flyover of the Chilkoot Trail. At first people didn't believe George Carmack, when in August 1896, he burst into a saloon in Fortymile loudly proclaiming that he had found gold lying "thick as cheese" further up the Yukon River. Then he tipped a spent shotgun shell and out poured the gold dust! But did George make the discovery that started the Klondike Gold Rush? George, an American, had been prospecting with three First Nations people: his wife Kate, her brother Skookum Jim, and their nephew Dawson Charlie, on a creek suggested by Canadian Robert Henderson. For a century, controversy has swirled around the question of who deserves the credit for the discovery that set off the... Show More


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