The Alaskan Gold Rush of 1897

Presented by- Robin Ghotra, Daniel Mei, and Darayus Sethna

People Involved With the 1897 Gold Rush

The people involved with this gold rush were stampeders, which means a large amount of people moving and traveling at a steady or common speed, and prospectors, which are types of explorers that digs for minerals.

Supplies included:

  • 150 lbs. bacon
  • 15 lbs. salt
  • 400 lbs. flour
  • 10 lbs. tea
  • 25 lbs. sugar

The number of people involved contained of 100,000 prospectors, but only 30,000 arrived in the Klondike region, and only 4,000 found gold.

The amount of gold mined was worth over $30 million (or over $675 million in 1988 US dollars).

The location in which the stampeders and prospectors traveled and worked through were the Yukon Territory, Klondike Region, Northwestern Canada, and Alaska.

Cultures in the Alaskan Gold Rush of 1897

Housing consisted of shacks and tents, and were the only shelters to shield from the harsh conditions.

Pack animals such as horses and dogs to pull sleds were used to carry supplies.

Living conditions depended on geography and climate. Land was mountainous and rivers sometimes impassible.

Most women stayed behind while husbands went mining and only less than one percent of women were miners.

The film, The Gold Rush was produced in 1925, and starred the famous Charles Chaplin. Writer, Jack London, incorporated ideas from the Gold Rush of 1897 into his book, The Call of the Wild.

Charlie Chaplin - The Gold Rush (Trailer)