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The Gold Rushes

This selection of approximately 100 images provides a sample of the collections related to the British Columbia and Yukon area gold rushes that occurred between the years 1850 and 1900. It recalls the thousands of prospectors who risked their lives in search of fame and fortune.

Profile:

  • Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon, 1896;
  • Scenes depicting life, circa 1900, in Dawson City (Yukon), then Canada's largest city west of Winnipeg;
  • Installations, tools and equipment for extracting gold;
  • Watercolours depicting the gold rush in British Columbia (1858).

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Climbing Chilkoot Pass, Klondike Gold Rush, Alaska, 1898 (MP-1979.111.18)

Photograph
Climbing Chilkoot Pass, Klondike Gold Rush, Alaska, 1898
Edwin Tappan Adney
1898, 19th century
MP-1979.111.18

H. L. Blake panning on his claim on Buster Creek, Alaska, 1900 (MP-1979.111.212)

Photograph
H. L. Blake panning on his claim on Buster Creek, Alaska, 1900
Edwin Tappan Adney
1900, 20th century
MP-1979.111.212

Chinese Gold Washers on the Fraser River, BC, ca. 1864 (M609)

Painting
Chinese Gold Washers on the Fraser River, BC, ca. 1864
William George Richardson Hind
About 1864, 19th century
M609