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Klondike Goldrush National Historic Park

Gold! read the headlines in July of 1897. After years of struggling through a depression, the people of the nation were intrigued by the possibility of riches. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park preserves the story of the 1897-98 stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle’s role in this event. The park offers a glimpse at the stories of adventure and hardship of the gold rush.

In 1996 the international significance of the Klondike Gold Rush was officially recognized by Canada and the United States with the creation of the Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park. The Seattle unit, located in the Pioneer Square Historic District, commemorates the origin for many of the stampeders who headed off to the Klondike region. Other units making up the international park include the Klondike Gold Rush Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska and the Canadian parks, Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site and Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Sites.

Operated by the National Park Service, the Seattle Park Unit of the Klondike Goldrush National Historic Park (there is another unit in Ketchikan, Alaska) is actually a free museum commemorating Seattle's role as gateway to the gold rush in the 1890's, when the young town provided provisions and transportation to some 70,000 prospectors.

Klondike Gold Rush Visitor Center formerly the historic Cadillac Hotel

The visitor center in Seattle is located on the northwest corner of Jackson Street and Second Avenue South. It is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Klondike Gold Rush Visitor Center formerly the historic Cadillac Hotel
Klondike Gold Rush Visitor Center formerly the historic Cadillac Hotel



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