100 Years as the Gateway for Alaska"

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"Prince William Sound Books"
The story of the 1898 gold rush over the Valdez Glacier trail to the purported gold fields of the Copper River area.
The story of the founding of Valdez. The search for an unglaciated "All-American" route to the interior gold fields  and the beginnings of the military trail that would become the Richardson highway.

On July 17,1897
The headlines for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer screamed out the message:
 "Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!
Sixty-eight...Rich Men on the Steamer Portland.
Stacks of Yellow Metal!"
Nancy R. Lethcoe

Valdez Muesum-Gold Rush 
Events-Exhibits-News-Valdez Information-Gold Rush-Old Town Model Project-Museum Store Links.  Valdez Museum & Historical Archive 217 Egan Drive P. O. Box 8 Valdez, AK 99686-0008 (907) 835-2764    FAX (907) 835-5800 

 Where is the Klondike?
In 1897 many people were confused about the location of the Klondike.
Nancy R. Lethcoe

 Thousands of stampeders ..
Arrived in Valdez by boat in 1898 to take the All American Route - some 200 miles shorter than the White Pass or Chilkoot routes- over Valdez Glacier, down Klutina Glacier to Klutina Lake, where they boated to Copper Center on their way to the Klondike. 

Alaska Division of Tourism
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The Perfect Year Round Destination
Valdez, Alaska
Visitor's  & Convention 
Visitors Bureau 

Alaska Natives and the Gold Rush 
The wave of gold seekers coming north 
impacted Alaska Natives in many ways... 

The Alaska Gold Rush Centennial Task Force is coordinating statewide celebrations of the 100th anniversaries of gold discoveries around Alaska.

Stories of the GOLD RUSH
Fourty short's 
Thanks to the folks who lived them and Jim and Nancy Lethcoe for sharing their work.
The 1899 Trans-Alaska Military Trail 
and Wagon Road




100 years as the Gateway for Alaska"

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