The Yukon Gold Rush

Factual Writing

About the Gold Rush

The Yukon Gold Rush was an event of migration during the 1890s in the Yukon Region, Klondike Region, and parts of Alaska. It began when gold was discovered along the Klondike River. Reports of the gold in newspapers created hysteria that was nation-wide. Thousands of people quit their jobs to become gold prospectors.


Only around 30,000 of the 100,000 people made it. Many gave up halfway and returned home, but most died. However, those who made it had their work cut out for them, as mining the gold was not easy. Only about 4,000 of the 30,000 that made it actually found gold. Some set and sold claims instead of finding gold for themselves. “Boom towns” were formed where these claims were set up. The boom towns were supported by miners.

After the Gold Rush

Those who found gold spent their time and money in saloons and those who didn’t continued to labor. In 1899, miners received notice that gold had been discovered in Nome and that it was much easier to get to. This caused the gold rush in the Yukon to come to a close.