THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS
Today is the 125th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the Canadian Yukon.
Spurred on by George Carmack, Jim Mason, and Dawson Charlie’s find on Rabbit Creek, it is estimated that 100,000 people migrated to the area. Only about half of those actually arrived. Getting to the Yukon was no easy journey, and the Canadian authorities required prospectors to carry a year’s worth of supplies with them.
Very few miners made their fortunes off the gold, but many towns were set up and local economy boomed as people decided to stay in the area….at least until 1899, when the gold found in Nome, Alaska glittered brighter!
Here is a map of the Yukon and Alaska by Crowell & Kirkpatrick from one year after the discovery of gold.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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