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Paddle Wheelers, Yukon River, Klondike Gold Rush

Panning gold during the Klondike Gold Rush.

On this day 17th Aug 1896 - Prospectors found gold in Alaska/Yukon, a discovery that set off the Klondike gold rush, one of the greatest rushes for gold in history.

"The wheelman who set the "overland bicycle record" from Whitehorse to Dawson City in the winter of 1903. He pedaled about 400 miles on the ice of the Yukon River in five days."

This was a card given to men to advertise houses of prostitution. When men came into town, they were sneakingly given these kinds of cards at the train station up until the 1930's or so. All cities had houses of prostitution, and the women were called "Soiled Doves" in the Victorian era. It was considered "normal" to have these brothels, they paid taxes etc. During the Civil War there was such a huge epidemic of venereal disease that in 1 town, the army quarantined "doves" on a river boat.

Cherish Clarke, member of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation located in the federal riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley. She was born in Whitehorse and resides in the federal riding of Yukon. In addition to her current position with the Aboriginal Peoples Commission, Cherish is the President for the Territorial Yukon Liberal Party. She also ran as a Candidate for the 2011 Territorial Election.

Dawson City, Yukon ~ heart of the Klondike Gold Rush

Those traveling along the Chilkoot Pass trail in 1897 didn’t have an easy time. In this picture, two men are carrying a section of a boat. This light load became too heavy to haul up the mountainside, so the men sawed it in two pieces and divided the weight. The pieces of the boat were patched together again when the men reached Lake Bennett so they could float down the Yukon River to the Klondike gold fields. #AuntPhilsTrunk #AlaskaHistory #Klondike

While salmon fishing near the Klondike River in Canada's Yukon Territory on this day in 1896, George Carmack reportedly spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed. His lucky discovery sparks the last great gold rush in the American West. - © Koch Valerie | - A gold digger in gold museum

Studio portrait of Mrs. Fannie Hendricks in formal dress. Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Charles Van Schaick, photographer ca. 1893

The Klondike Gold Rush