The Gold and Coal Fields of Alaska


Alaska’s rich resources during the Klondike Gold Rush.

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An American prospector, George Carmack, and his indigenous family first discovered gold in Alaska’s Klondike Region in August of 1896. Despite the relative rapidity by which word spread, it wouldn’t be until the following summer that throngs of gold-seekers would descend to the area from all corners of Canada, the United States, and beyond.

This map, published in January of 1898 by the United States Geological Survey, shows the resources for extraction and routes available in order to do so. Coal and gold-bearing areas are shown throughout, while two districts, the Birch Creek series and Forty-mile series, are colored in yellow and green, respectively. A mix of steamship, railroad, dog sled, pack animal, and foot travel was necessary to reach the remote claims. Insets in the lower right show the route of the Yukon River to the Klondike Gold Region.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1898

Author: United States Geological Survey

Sheet Width (in): 29.75

Sheet Height (in): 23.5

Condition: B

Condition Description: Numerous small tears along the outer edges have been repaired on the verso with archival tape, as well as about 8" of separation along the vertical centerfold. A small chip in the sheet along the upper edge, about 1" in length and .5" deep.


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