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A Brief History of Fort Langley: Gold and Colony! __ "In 1858, Fort Langley achieved world fame as the starting point for the Fraser River gold fields." - illustrated - From Jerri Borden -

Canada Gold Rush Threatens Native Peoples __ Learn how a current gold rush is threatening Native Peoples as hundreds of prospectors race into Northern Canada. - From -

Cobalt, Ontario __ "Silver was discovered in the area in the summer of 1903, during the construction of the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway from North Bay to the communities of Haileybury and New Liskeard, north of Cobalt. Within a few years the area was one of the largest silver producing areas in the world."  An encyclopedic article with links to additional resources. - illustrated - From wikipedia -,_Ontario

Dawson City Gold and the Rush for it! __ General information and good links to additional material found in the upper right of page. - From -

Dawson Museum - Fortymile __ "Howard Franklin and Henry Madison discovered coarse gold in the Fortymile River drainage in 1886. The gold rush that followed brought over 10,000 people ..."  Overview of the Fortymile Gold Rush. - From - 

Fraser Canyon Gold Rush __ "The Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, (also Fraser Gold Rush and Fraser River Gold Rush) began in 1858 after gold was discovered on the Thompson River in British Columbia ..."  An encyclopedic article with links to additional materials. - illustrated - From wikipedia -


Gold Rush Facts __ Brief overview of the Klondike. - illustrated - From -

Gold Rush: Juneau __ Collection of click-to-enlarge, historic photos of Juneau from its gold rush days. - illustrated - From - 

History of Canada's Mineral Rushes __ Learn about all of Canada's mineral rushes, gold, silver, diamonds, oil and more. - From -

History of Placer Mining on the Fortymile River __ "The discovery of gold on the Fortymile River led to the first major Yukon gold rush. In 1887, 115 miners were at work using picks shovels and rockers; using these hand tools they extracted more than 14,000 ounces of placer gold in that year."  A history of operations. - illustrated - From -


Klondike Gold Rush __ You will find an encyclopedic article with links to additional resources. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 __ "The role of Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 in the history of the United States of America." - From - 

Klondike Ho!, 1897- 1997 __ "Between 1896 and 1899, thousands of adventurers travelled to the Yukon to take part in the Klondike Gold Rush. They endured a long and difficult journey to join in North America’s most famous gold rush." You can find out about most of it here but the website is rather difficult to negotiate. - From - 


Rock Creek, British Columbia, Canada __ A brief historical overview. "A series of major and minor gold rushes began at Rock Creek in 1859 and throughout the area over the next 10 years, and saw the sudden influx of more than 5,000 miners." - From -

Skagway, Alaska and Dyea, Alaska during the Gold Rush __ "For most stampeders, deciding to leave for the Klondike was easier than choosing a route. The media and public frenzy surrounding this gold discovery was unlike anything that had come before."  Learn who the "stampeders" were and what they were after.  A good article. - illustrated - From -

Stories of the Gold Rush __ "Chief Kowee, an Auk Indian who lived on Admiralty Island, should receive much of the credit for the discovery of gold in the Juneau area."  An article about the Juneau Gold Rush. - illustrated - From - 

Unique Facts about Canada: Klondike Gold Rush __ "News reached the United States on July 17, 1897 when the first successful prospectors arrived in Seattle, and within a month the Klondike stampede had begun. The population in the Klondike in 1898 may have reached 40,000, threatening to cause a famine."  An overview. - illustrated - From -  


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