Riverboats once were Alaska’s lifeline

In days of yore when the northland was being explored, boats served when the water was open; when frozen, dog sleds were the mode of travel.

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Chaplin’s ‘Gold Rush’ film: far from facts

While the Klondike Gold Rush inspired Charlie Chaplin to write, produce, star in and edit the movie “The Gold Rush,” the fantasy film fell far short of reality. While based on the stampede of 1898, it was filmed in California and only in suggestion told the story of the people who sought fortunes in the northern goldfields.

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Early Writers

Many writers heeded the call of adventure. They came and wrote about those who moiled for gold. That term, by the way, was written by Robert Service.

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July 17, 1898, Headlines Spur Klondike Gold Rush

Among those who mined or otherwise profited from the Gold Rush, many remained in Alaska. “Wise Mike” Stepovich stowed away on a steamer headed for Skagway.

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Hope For Gold: Upper Cook Inlet Once Saw A Big Gold Rush

The Gold Rush seems to be the reason everyone came to Alaska, but where did they look for these rich-man's veins? Cook Inlet was a popular place to start.

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