Let's explore the Discovery of Gold in Alaska. Not the well known parts. You can find lots of great information about those stories in history books. Let's look for some other stories that aren't in the history books. We won't tell these stories in chronological order. We will follow interesting questions and find evidence in historic primary materials to help us understand the flavor, excitement and dreams of the times.

     The discovery of gold brought thousands of people to Alaska and the Yukon. It began in 1849 with a Russian mining engineer on the Kenai Peninsula. It continued to 1914 when gold was discovered in Livengood near Fairbanks. Let's try to piece together some interesting stories that helped to enrich the history of Alaska.

     What stories do you want to know?

Overview I Why Take a Risk? I Who Strikes it Rich? I Is it Fair?

Homepage I Alaska's Gold Lode I The Discovery of Gold I Traveling to the Gold Fields
Gold Mining I Daily Life Our Legacy I The Edgren Saga I Gold Rush Stories
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Alaska's Gold was developed through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission by the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development.  1999.  All rights reserved.   Alaska Gold Themes written by Cristine Crooks, Alaska Consultants in Education.  Alaska's Gold Themes website developed by WEBDesign.