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This lesson aims to help students understand the impact of the Klondike Gold Rush on the development of Skagway, Alaska, a town which now has a year-round population of only 800 but which hosts half a million tourists annually. The lesson can be used in units on western expansion, on late 19th- and early 20th-century commerce, and on urban history. It notes that Skagway (located about 100 miles north of Juneau) was established as a result of an 1897 gold strike which began in the Klondike region of Canada's Yukon Territory, and it points out that even though Skagway's "boomtown" era lasted only briefly, it remains alive in the many turn-of-the-century buildings that survive. The lesson is divided into the following sections which include maps, readings, photographs, and activities: (1) "Routes from Seattle to Klondike"; (2) "Chilkoot and White Pass Trails"; (3) "Gold Is Discovered in the Klondike"; (4) "Settlement and Commerce"; (5) "Transportation: Key to Survival"; (6) "Skagway, Alaska 1898"; (7) "Trail Street, Skagway 1897"; (8) "Historic Development of William Moore Cabin and Ben Moore House"; (9) "Ben Moore and Family Moore House 1904"; (10) "Golden North Hotel"; (11) "Arctic Brotherhood Hall"; (12) "McCabe College Building"; (13) "Gold Rushes"; and (14) "History and the Use of Local Buildings." Contains 11 Web sites that are supplementary resources to the Klondike. (BT)

Descriptors: Built Environment, Curriculum Enrichment, Foreign Countries, Historic Sites, Local History, North American History, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, State History, Student Educational Objectives

Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240; For full text: http: // lessons/75skagway/75skagway.htm

Autor: Czuchna-Curl, Ardyce


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