During the Klondike Gold Rush, prospectors risked their lives for gold.
The journey to the Klondike was long and dangerous. It began with a sea journey
from Seattle to Alaska in a small steamer, and then a long hike over the dangerous Chilkoot Pass.
Over the years of the Gold Rush, hundreds of miners died along this route. Then, once in the Yukon,
miners hastily set up their tents and portable stoves, hoping to outlast the blizzards.
Imagine that you were 15 years old in 1897, and you just heard that your best friend's father brought
back $150,000 in gold from one season's prospecting in the Yukon.
Would you have wanted to go to the Klondike? Why? Would you go alone? How would you prepare?