Yukon Gold: The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush

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Gold fever!

When the steamships Excelsior and Portland docked in San Francisco and Seattle in the spring of 1897 bringing news that gold had been discovered in the Canadian Yukon, gold fever hit. Soon thousands of stampeders from as far away as Europe were making their way to the Klondike, sure that they were going to strike it rich. Very few had even the slightest idea of just how inhospitable the Klondike was, how dangerous the journey would be, and how slim their chances were...

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Overview

Gold fever!

When the steamships Excelsior and Portland docked in San Francisco and Seattle in the spring of 1897 bringing news that gold had been discovered in the Canadian Yukon, gold fever hit. Soon thousands of stampeders from as far away as Europe were making their way to the Klondike, sure that they were going to strike it rich. Very few had even the slightest idea of just how inhospitable the Klondike was, how dangerous the journey would be, and how slim their chances were of making enough money there just to turn around and get home. With striking and often poignant archival photographs and an engaging text, Charlotte Jones explains the events leading up to the Yukon gold rush and the amazing events that followed the discovery of gold and changed Alaska forever. Maps, bibliography, and index are included.

Recounts the quest for gold that took place in the late 1890s in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory of northwestern Canada.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jones (Fingerprints and Talking Bones) recounts in detailed, if often choppy, prose a history of the brief but frenzied quest for gold in the late 1890s in the Klondike region of Canada and Alaska. She sets the stage with an explanation of the desperate economic situation in the U.S. due to a nationwide depression--the Panic of 1893--then tells of the initial gold "strike" in 1896 by four miners at the creek they named Bonanza and explains how the slow-moving news of the discovery led to a torrent of inexperienced would-be miners (known as stampeders) to the far north of the Yukon. Several chapters explore the different routes miners took, sometimes covering hundreds of miles, to reach the distant diggings, and the difficult, often horrific, conditions they endured along the way. The two closing chapters describe the ways miners dug for gold and how the "boom" of the Klondike became a "bust" after only three short years. Historical photographs, posters and newspaper headlines give readers a flavor of the times. This is a solid resource for information about the period, but the meandering text never fully ties together its overabundance of details and anecdotes (six to eight examples often illustrate a point where one or two would suffice) into a cohesive, fluid story. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Like the California Rush of 1849, the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 was short-lived, fraught with dangers, and made few people rich. Both, however, make for wonderful stories, and Jones unearths the bones of dozens of these stories in the process of describing the chaos arriving on the heels of the news, the various routes north, and the search itself. Her chronicle is enlivened by an excellent selection of photographs. Middle-schoolers will whiz through the narrative panning for deliciously gory details of gamblers, bad guys, and washerwomen with hearts of gold.
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Gr 4-8-A fascinating look at the Alaskan Gold Rush. After introducing the Yukon and detailing the first gold strikes in 1896, Jones describes the excitement, adventure, and disappointment experienced by the many people who set their sights on Klondike gold. She points out that few of them struck it rich, but also acknowledges the value of adventure and risk taking to the lives of those who survived. While coverage of the topic is solid, the strength of this book is in its presentation of intriguing, often amusing details. For example, a rash of dog thefts occurred in Seattle as prospectors sought to man their sled teams, and a company "planned to train arctic gophers to dig holes in the frozen ground and save miners the work." The author also relates the antics of many individuals, such as Mollie Walsh, who fed hungry prospectors near the treacherous White Pass summit. The number of facts and anecdotes can be overwhelming, however, and jumps from one incident to another are occasionally abrupt, but taken together, they convey a vivid picture of the era. Black-and-white photographs help flesh out the experiences of the "stampeders." Donna Walsh Shepherd's The Klondike Gold Rush (Watts, 1998) and Michael Cooper's Klondike Fever (Clarion, 1990) also cover the topic well; any of the three titles will serve as an excellent introduction.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Andrea Wilk
Charlotte Foltz Jones's very readable and accessible book is a fine introduction to this episode in North American history...Yukon Gold has a strong narrative that reads like a novel. With its wealth of information and its colorful cast of characters, the book has considerable appeal for its audience...[T]his is a well written story about an intriguing piece of America's past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823414031
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.41 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    Yukon Gold - The story of the Klondike Goldrush

    My grade 10 history IB class was asked to choose any topic relating to Canadian history, and write an internal assessment on the topic we had chose. I had always been interested in the story of the Klondike Gold Rush. I went to the library and to my suprise, found my most helpful source in the youth section of the library. This book was very well written and included many interesting and useful facts on this topic.

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