Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is located in the historic Cadillac Hotel in
Washington. The Cadillac Hotel building was a major point of outfitting and departure during the
gold rush stampede. The heart of gold rush Seattle, Pioneer Square has shops, art galleries,
restaurants, and book and antique stores. Many gold rush-era buildings still stand in the historic
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park commemorating the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s. The gold rush was in the Yukon Territory, and this park comprises staging areas for the trek there, and routes leading in its direction. The park consists of four units: three in the Municipality of Skagway Borough, Alaska and a fourth in the Pioneer Square National Historic District in Seattle, Washington.
The story of the Klondike Gold Rush can only be appreciated by looking on both sides of the Canada-United States border. National historic sites in Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon, as well as in British Columbia, complete the story. In 1998, Klondike Gold Rush NHP joined with Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site, and other Parks Canada sites to form the Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park.
During the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897 and 1898, Seattle was a center for travel to Alaska. Thousands of so-called "stampeders" passed through Seattle making the city's merchants prosperous. A year later, in 1899, a group of businessmen stole a Tlingit totem pole and placed it in Pioneer Place Park. When an arsonist destroyed the pole in 1938, the city sent the pieces back to the Tlingit tribe who carved a new one and gave it to Seattle (after finally getting paid for the one that was originally stolen). In addition to the totem pole, a wrought-iron Victorian pergola and a bust of Chief Seattle were added to the park in 1909.
Sudden, huge demand for outfits and goods for the Klondike forced merchants to pile their wares many feet deep on Seattle sidewalks. Stampeders scrambled to assemble their so-called "ton of goods" that Canada's Mounties would require before admitting gold-seekers to Canada, where the gold fields were. What might be called the "Klondike Outfit Rush" pulled or jerked Seattle out of economic depression. A number of today's national retailers got their big break here from the gold rush.
Spring Operating Hours:
May 25, 2014 - Jun 14, 2014
Sun - Sat 9 am to 5 pm
Summer Operating Hours:
Jun 15, 2014 - Sept 1, 2014
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Winter Operating Hours:
Sept 2, 2014 - May 24, 2015
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
319 2nd Ave South