Research, books and links by subject
The Klondike Gold RushBooks and Media
Adney, Tappan. The Klondike Stampede. Originally published by Harper and Brothers in 1900. My copy is a reprint by the University of British Columbia Press, 1994. From the title page: "by Tappan Adney, special correspondent of Harper's Weekly in the Klondike." Adney was compulsive about detail. If you want to know how the miners did things, from building boats to mushing dogs to digging mine shafts through the permafrost, down to the minutest of daily chores, this is where to find it.
Backhouse, Frances. Women of the Klondike. revised edition, 2000, Whitecap Books. Not just soiled doves, but all sorts of women went north to seek their fortunes.
Berton, Pierre. Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899. Centennial edition (on cover), revised edition 1987 on verso, McClelland and Stewart, Inc. The definitive story of the Klondike Gold Rush, told by the great Canadian historian, who was born and raised in the Yukon Territory.
Morgan, Lael. Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. 1998, Whitecap Books. Everything you ever wanted to know about the not-so-proper women who went north with the miners.
Morgan, Murray. One Man's Gold Rush: A Klondike Album. 1967, University of Washington Press. The story of Eric Hegg, the photographer I based my character Eric Hoel on. Written by a prominent Northwest historian and full of Mr. Hegg's wonderful photos, including a copy of the one on the cover of True Gold. Yes, Mr. Hegg actually used goats as pack animals on his trip to the Klondike.
Satterfield, Archie. Klondike Park: From Seattle to Dawson City. 1993, Fulcrum Publishing. Part tour guide, part history. All useful.
http://content.lib.washington.edu/heggweb/index.html The largest collection still existing of Eric Hegg's wonderful photographs.
http://www.nps.gov/klse/index.htm The National Park Service site for the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Site, Seattle Unit.
http://www.nps.gov/klgo/index.htm And the National Park Service site for the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Site, Skagway Unit.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/yt/klondike/index.aspx And the Canadian Klondike Parks site.
http://explorenorth.com/library/ya/bl22y.htm A nice long list of historical links.
http://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcoll/exhibits/klondike/ The University of Washington in Seattle has one of the largest collections of Klondike photographs and other useful material in existence.
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=433 This site is intended for teachers doing units on the Gold Rush, but the links go on, and on, and on.
"The details paint a word picture