My parents took our family on road trip thru the Yukon and Alaska in 1977 while the Alaska highway was still being built I believe and it still is the greatest experiences of my life.
I like Sue's story of her new rubber boots.
I'm sure the subtitles are very interesting but they distract from taking in the content of this production. Can they be hidden?
Did anyone else spot Greta Thunberg in the video? @35.44
25:18 slightly right of center frame, "miner digging for gold"
30:56 "It would be wonderful or, God it could be awful. That's how's life, specially when you take chances"
I panned a little in the mountains above Salem, Oregon. Found a few grains. The were miners with pumps and hoses shooting water at high velocity into the stream bank and washing it into holding pools. I love pristine streams, and I found the devastation reprehensible.
I very much doubt your grandfather was pay 20 dollars a day.
1:30 - The obsession with a metal of the earth is the Height of Human Stupidity. Only recently in the modern age of computers has it found any utilitarian value being a superconductor. A diamond is simply a high priced Rock (of utilitarian value in cutting). Yet these absurd pursuits dominate modern life...
33:29 - Belinda Maroney certainly had the Best Plan... Gold or no gold her plan was going to work...
Easy money gets the best of us. Especially gold. America was wild and free with so much to explore. Thank you pioneers
This is so well done, kudos.
Skookum jim. great name. one could say its skookum as frig.
My grandfather, (my father's father) went to the Klondike around 1899, worked for 10 years, saved his money, came back home, go married, bought a farm in Arkansas for cash, and raised 5 sons. He sold the farm for cash in 1934, moved to California, became a lobar contractor in the San Joaquin Valley, and later a land investor in the East Bay area east of San Francisco. He died in 1956 in Walnut Creek, CA, age 86. He didn't become a millionaire during his days in the Klondike, but he did alright. Because of the start from the money he made there, he managed to live a long comfortable life.
Horrible voice reading the letter
More chance of striking it rich up the KHYBER PASS.
Funny how at the beginning the narrators seem to glorify it. As the facts are revealed, it seems to be one of the stupidest moments in all of history. An act of mass naivite´ and stupidity.
I loved this documentary so much I’ve watched it twice.thank you
Lovely documentary. However, I simply could not watch it, due to the horrible music!
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Visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park to learn more! It's the only National Park with two superintendents, one for each unit: Seattle and Skagway. That's right, there are two parks to visit!! If you come to Seattle say Dan says hi. That's me. I work there.
This is why anyone tries to go looking for gold north of Vancouver BC in the Nhanni valley never return. They are all found with there heads pulled off their bodies. The sasquatch don't care about the gold, they even let one German man leave with as much as he can take with him cause he was a doctor and tended to there groups health problems. They mainly worry about thousands of people coming to there land.
He also shot some early footage of the White Pass and Yukon route just after it was completed
I bet everyone was careful around Edison. He liked to steal things....
Read "The Klondike Fever" by Pierre Berton. It will take you there,
The Klondike is in Canada the Yukon not Alaska
I was looking for something like this....to understanden my chapter easily
Edison pioneered so much I see he pioneered video journalism. I notice there was a so called “rough rider” with a rifle in Edison’s last video clip (in this vignette) covering the mining. Interesting stuff thanks for sharing Smithsonian.
im watching this for school smh
What would you do for a klondike bar
Hello! I am curious where the source of the footage can be found? I am looking to license a few seconds of it for non-broadcast needs, or if it is free archival footage to use within branded content. Thank you in advance!
What would you do for a Klondike Bar (of gold)?
So does this mean Thomas Edison was in Alaska, or just his cameras?
Outstanding footage! Absolutely phenomenal
Power to the original dwellers of these lands ✊🏽E’O
This is the actual video?! This was filmed in 1896?! WHOA!!!!
who writes this??? sophomores?? "America in color, Alaska" ACTUALLY is "Canad in COLOUR, the Yukon"!!!!!!!!
Great reference to Robert W. Service’s poetry I have always loved his work.
Ok , something I'm very confused about, at 0:32 it says "when the ice cleared and the first stern wheeler arrived at Dawson," Wait a minute why did the stampeders go through the hellish journey described in this documentary if they could have just taken a stern wheeler? How did big ships get up there?
The Trump family fortune got its start up there...they started a saloon...mining the miners 😆
4:07 "Lower 48" There was no "lower 48" in 1897.
The scurvy epidemic in the Yukon really cracks me up. Too bad the miners didn't know that spruce tips (made into tea) are a great source of vitamin C.