Creator(s): MacBride Museum of Yukon History
Gold on Bonanza Creek! After the discovery of gold in the Klondike in 1896, word spread to the rest of the world and thousands of stampeders headed for Dawson City. Most were travelling on their own or in very small groups. By the spring of 1898, there was considerable prospecting activity throughout the Yukon, but no easy way to the goldfields. A trip up the West Coast by ship from Seattle or Vancouver was the simple part of the journey. Once they reached Skagway or Dyea, gold seekers began an arduous hike over the Chilkoot or White Passes to Lake Bennett, where they built small boats they then paddled to Dawson. While most everyone headed directly to the Klondike, some believed there were likely several more "Bonanzas" to be found, virtually anywhere in the Yukon.