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February 3, 2020

22 Amazing Photos Capture the Alaska Gold Rush in the Mid-1890s

Starting in the 1870s, prospectors trickled into the Yukon in search of gold. By 1896, around 1,500 prospectors panned for gold along the Yukon River basin—one of them was American George Carmack.

On August 16, 1896, Carmack, along with Jim Mason and Dawson Charlie—both Tagish First Nation members—discovered Yukon gold on Rabbit Creek (later renamed Bonanza Creek), a Klondike River tributary that ran through both Alaskan and Yukon Territory.

Little did they know their discovery would spur a massive gold rush.

The idea of striking it rich led over 100,000 people from all walks of life to abandon their homes and embark on an extended, life-threatening journey across treacherous, icy valleys and harrowing rocky terrain.

These amazing photos were taken by American photographer B. L. Singley that documented life of people during the Alaska Gold Rush around 1896-97.

The Dora Bluhm at the Port of Saint Michaels, Alaska

Group of Malamuts, Allenkaket, Alaska

Will Campbell, the Only White Boy on the Allenkaket River

Big Ice on the Allenkaket River, Alaska

Lowell Cabin, Beaver City, Alaska

A Miners Banquet, Beaver City, 75 miles North of Arctic City, Alaska

A Halt by the Wayside en route to Klondike

Main Street, Sheep Camp, Alaska

Miners and Packers Climbing the Golden Stair Trail, Chilkoot Pass, Alaska

Bound for the Klondike Gold Fields, Chilkoot Pass, Alaska

Big Tree Store on the Trail from Chilkoot Pass to Lake Linderman, Alaska

Starting for the Gold Fields on Norway Sleds, Haines, Alaska

The First White Mans Log Cabin, Haines, Alaska

Steamer Queen at Haines Mission, Alaska en route to the Klondike

Malamut Indians moving Camp, Alaska

Natives of Alaska, Alaskan Indians

Prospecting for Gold in Alaska

An Alaskan Dog at Home

Gold Miners at Work, Alaska

Prospectors Returning to Camp. 62 Degrees Below Zero, Alaska

City of Seattle at Skaguay Wharf, Alaska

Bound for the Klondike

(Photo © B. L. Singley)

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