Gold still at people’s fingertips in the Klondike

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Travelers to Yukon still enamored with fascinating history of gold rush
 By Lynn Martel, For the Calgary Herald March 14, 2013

At first glance, the wooden stake erected in the nondescript patch of dirt does not appear to be particularly remarkable in any way. But, if a wooden stake could tell its story, the original claim post at Bonanza Creek, where the first pieces of gold that ignited the Yukon Territory’s Klondike Gold Rush were discovered, would surely tell a whopper.

Planted in the ground on Aug. 17, 1896, today the Discovery Claim National Historic Site preserves the spot on Bonanza Creek, 15 kilometres from its confluence with the Klondike River, where George Carmack and his fishing buddies, Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie established the first of their four claims…MORE (Calgary Herald.com)
Panning for gold at gold Bottom Mine
Photo: Government of Yukon/Fritz Mueller
SEE A GALLERY OF GOLD-PANNING TOURISTS IN THE YUKON

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