Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is a memorial of the type of a National Historical Park, which commemorates the Klondike Gold Rush end of the 19th century. It is divided into four sections, three of them in and around Skagway in Alaska and one in Seattle, Washington.

Skagway area

The area of ​​the National Historic Park in Skagway comprising the majority of the downtown area with 15 restored historical buildings and the visitor center. In addition, the parking areas around the White Pass around 16 km ², the Chilkoot Pass around 54 km ², and the former gold rush town of Skagway from Dyea be managed.

Many remains as part of cable cars and equipment from the gold rush era are still to be found. The former camp locations Canyon City, Pleasant Camp and Sheep Camp on the way to the Chilkoot Pass in addition to Dyea part of the NHP. The area around the White Pass includes the earlier settlements White Pass City and Porcupine Hill.

Seattle area

The area of ​​the park in Seattle is located in the Pioneer Square National Historic District, where the prospectors had procured equipment and had set out for the Klondike. The visitor center is housed in the renovated Cadillac Hotel.

On July 17, 1897, the steamship Portland was created from St. Michael in Alaska coming with 68 gold-seekers on board in Seattle. The newspapers spread the message brought by the discovery of gold in the Klondike and dissolved as from the following gold rush. The North West Mounted Police was soon only travel further prospectors to the Yukon, those able to provide equipment and food for a year. Seattle benefited from equipment purchases and doubled its population between 1890 and 1900 to almost 80,000.


In 2010, biologists identified from Austria, Norway, Spain and the United States along the Gold Rush paths 766 lichen species, 75 of them to any known species could be assigned. This makes it the most species-rich lichen inventory in North America.