From the 1874 Atlas of the World by Augustus Mitchell in it’s original size of 12″x15″ and beautifully hand colored, the Northwest of America and Alaska.
The Klondike Gold Rush marched through the state of Washington between 1897 and 1900. It consisted of the migration of about 100,000 gold prospectors to the Canadian Klondike region of Yukon. The migration was particularly heavy when news of the gold discovery reached Seattle and San Francisco, triggering what would be described as a "stampede." People all over the world traveled to Alaska and Canada in hopes of striking gold and making a fortune. This journey proved incredibly difficult and eliminated many of the prospectors. A wealth of tales were generated, both fictional and non-fictional, about the hardships and later, the conditions, the people endured. As little as 30,000 were thought to have reached their destination. The majority of these survivors, however, failed to strike gold. Only about 4,000 truly succeeded. More gold was discovered a year later, however, as newspapers fueled nation-wide hysteria at the prospect of more gold. Again, the marchers found themselves disappointed and exhausted. Mining proved a draining task, both to the people's money supplies and bodies. The impact of the gold rush on the Native peoples is not to be overlooked. At first, many tribes prospered from their work as guides, packers, and vendors. The environmental damage of the mining, however proved too much. Resources destroyed, the peoples eventually had to resort to government aid. Many of the people who made the journey to the North still reside there today. New visitors also make the trek, ready to do whatever it takes to strike gold.
Archival print from high-resolution scan. 12" x 15"