Starting in the 1870s, prospectors trickled into the Yukon in search of gold. By 1896, around 1,500 prospectors panned for gold along the Yukon River basin—one of them was American George Carmack.
On August 16, 1896, Carmack, along with Jim Mason and Dawson Charlie—both Tagish First Nation members—discovered Yukon gold on Rabbit Creek (later renamed Bonanza Creek), a Klondike River tributary that ran through both Alaskan and Yukon Territory.
Little did they know their discovery would spur a massive gold rush.
The idea of striking it rich led over 100,000 people from all walks of life to abandon their homes and embark on an extended, life-threatening journey across treacherous, icy valleys and harrowing rocky terrain.
These amazing photos were taken by American photographer B. L. Singley that documented life of people during the Alaska Gold Rush around 1896-97.
|The Dora Bluhm at the Port of Saint Michaels, Alaska|
|Group of Malamuts, Allenkaket, Alaska|
|Will Campbell, the Only White Boy on the Allenkaket River|
|Big Ice on the Allenkaket River, Alaska|
|Lowell Cabin, Beaver City, Alaska|