Klondike. The Chicago Record's Book for Gold Seekers


The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 began in earnest within 18 months of a major gold strike on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River near Dawson City, Canada. Tens of thousands of prospectors from around the world streamed north to Alaska and the Yukon in a feverish search for fortune. Klondike: The Chicago Record's Book for Gold Seekers was rushed into print by the Chicago Record, an important daily newspaper, in 1897, to assist those heading for the gold fields. The preface states that in the book “every known practical and contemplated route to all the gold fields in the north is fully, comprehensively, and minutely described, with maps and tables of distances which are absolutely reliable. Everything which a gold seeker should know that can be placed in type is contained in this book." The 555-page volume is organized in 37 chapters, which cover everything from where gold is found, routes to the Klondike, the international supply of gold, and life in Dawson City, to the history of Alaska, the policy of the Canadian government in the Yukon, women in the Klondike country, and many other topics. As advertised in the preface, “The gold seeker may take this book with him as a guide. It also can be placed in the home library, for its pages have a distinct educational value.” Klondike: The Chicago Record's Book for Gold Seekers contains an index and numerous maps and illustrations.

Last updated: January 10, 2018