From the Mitchell World Atlas of 1874, Oregon Washington Utah Montana, hand colored, showing the political and geographic features of the American Northwest during the period of Westward Expansion & homesteading.
The Klondike Gold Rush marched through the state of Washington between 1896 and 1899. 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." This journey proved incredibly difficult and eliminated many of the prospectors. 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.
Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 12" x 15"