Yukon Gold: The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush

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Holiday House, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 99 pages
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Gold fever!When the steamships Excelsior and Portland docked in San Francisco and Seattle in the spring of 1897 bringing news that gold had been discovered in the Canadian Yukon, gold fever hit. Soon thousands of stampeders from as far away as Europe were making their way to the Klondike, sure that they were going to strike it rich. Very few had even the slightest idea of just how inhospitable the Klondike was, how dangerous the journey would be, and how slim their chances were of making enough money there just to turn around and get home. With striking and often poignant archival photographs and an engaging text, Charlotte Jones explains the events leading up to the Yukon gold rush and the amazing events that followed the discovery of gold and changed Alaska forever. Maps, bibliography, and index are included.

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About the author (1999)

Charlotte Foltz Jones is known for her informative nonfiction for children, including "Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be;" "Accidents May Happen;" "Fifty Inventions Discovered by Mistake;" and "Eat Your Words: A Fascinating Look at the Language of Food." She is also the author of "Yukon Gold: The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush," which School Library Journal called "a fascinating look at the Alaskan Gold Rush." While doing research for this book she traveled extensively throughout the western states to small museums, libraries, and parks. She lives in the American West, in Boulder, Colorado.

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