"The Great White North" Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park by Maria250

North to Alaska, a-go north, the rush is on
North to Alaska, a-go north, the rush is on

Big Sam left Seattle in the year of ninety-two
With George Pratt, his partner and brother Billy, too
They crossed the Yukon River and found the bonanza gold
Below that old White Mountain, just a little southeast of Nome

Sam crossed the Majestic Mountains to the Valleys far below
He talked to his team of huskies as he mushed on through the snow
With the Northern Lights a-runnin' wild in the land of the Midnight Sun
Yes Sam McCord was a mighty man in the year of nineteen-one

Where the river is windin', big nuggets they're findin'
North to Alaska, a-go north, the rush is on
North to Alaska, a-go north, the rush is on
North to Alaska, a-go north, the rush is on
North to Alaska, a-go north, the rush is on

George turned to Sam with his gold in his hand
Said, Sam, you're a-lookin' at a lonely, lonely man
I'd trade all the gold that's buried in this land
For one small band of gold to place on sweet little Jenny's hand

'Cause a man needs a woman to love him all the time
Remember, Sam, a true love is so hard to find
I'd build for my Jenny a honeymoon home
Below that old White Mountain just a little Southeast of Nome
-Johnny Horton

Pls take a look at Tugboatguy's great Alaska page & photos

Located at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers, Dawson City was created by the discovery of gold on Bonanza Creek in 1896, and the resulting gold rush of 1898-99 which brought between 30,000 and 40,000 people to this remote spot. It was Yukon Territory's first capital.

In the 1890's, would-be miners were heading for the Klondike goldfields, and made Seattle their outfitting center. They helped to turn Seattle into a prosperous city. When they struck it rich up north, they headed back to Seattle, the first U.S. outpost of civilization, and unloaded their gold, making Seattle doubly rich.

Although Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park isn't in the Klondike, and isn't really a park but more of a museum in a historic building in Seattle, it's still a fascinating little place. Another unit of the park though is in Skagway, Alaska. Frommer's Review

My mom's aunt, born June 9, 1910 in Dawson City, Yukon, Alaska, was the daughter of a Californian miner and a Yukon lady. She was raised in Dawson City. After her dad's early passing, her mom moved with her to Seattle Washington State, and then immigrated to Europe. They started a new life in Northern Germany.

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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    Lovely dedication Maria. I am sure she was a very special lady. Wonderful page!

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Nice aerial pictures of Alaska. Alaska has some beautiful scenery.

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    What I was saying "cryptically"(I am amazed at your command of English as always) is Ive taught at every concievable level in USA. My assessment is quite accurate. Makes me sad.

  • Jan 21, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Hope to visit one day Alaska! Nikos


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