During the summer of 1896, prospectors George Carmack, Skookum Jim, and Dawson Charlie had moved further up the Klondike River in the Yukon, Canada, because their gold panning was turning up less and less gold.  Accounts vary as to the exact course of events, but we know that they travelled up the Rabbit Creek, now known as Bonanza Creek, and the gold pans began turning up zingers (1 cm +).  The next summer, the amount of gold brought into the ports of Seattle and San Francisco (one year's worth) was estimated to be about $1 billion in today's currency, but this figure is largely considered as underestimated.  Over 100,000 people attempted to travel from Seattle and San Francisco to Skagway, brave the treacherous Chilkoot Pass into Canada, and then paddle over 1,000 kilometres down a river that contained many rapids, all to get their hands on a bit of this klondike gold.  Of that, less than half actually made it, an even fewer number every found any gold, and only a few hundred became rich.

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