Klondike Gold Rush National
P.O. Box 517
Skagway, AK 99840
Headquarters & Visitor Information
Trail Center (June-August)
WELCOME to Klondike Gold Rush
National Historical Park
Gold! Headlines read in 1897, starting the rush.
Thousands, hoping to ease the woes of economic depression, sold farms,
dropped businesses and boarded ships to follow their dreams
They braved icy passes to reach the interior of
Canada, only to find the gold claims staked by prospectors who
preceded them. A few struck gold; many more returned home penniless,
yet richer for the adventure.
The Chilkoot Trail, originally established by
the Tlingit people as a trade route into the interior, became a major
route during the gold rush. Today adventure seekers can hike the
Chilkoot Trail following those footsteps over the challenging Golden
Skagway Historic District
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
preserves some of the original historic structures in the town of
Skagway, Alaska. Visit the historic district of Skagway to learn
Ranger-led activities are a good way to learn
about the park and enjoy the scenery at the same time. We have many
options to choose from.
Did You Know?
During the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Finnegan's Camp on the
Chilkoot Trail was a tent city. There were saloons, restaurants and
hotels all housed in tents.