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Clondyke: The First Year of the Rush

by M. J Kirchhoff

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Limited Edition, only 500 copies, privately printed. Deals with the early days of the Klondike gold rush, the founding of the townsite of Dawson, and the relationship between Jack Dalton and Joe Ladue. Important new information that had been missed by earlier Klondike historians. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chronology page 8. Preface page 13. Illustrations page 15. A New View of the Founding of Dawson page 17. First Winter at Clondyke page 25. Examining the Excelsior & Portland Myth page 41. Acknowledgements page 50. Bibliography page 51. Endnotes page 54 PREFACE: "For over ten years now I've been immersed in Klondike history, first with the biography of Klondike entrepreneur Jack Dalton and the story of his Dalton Trail, and currently with a history of the town of Dyea, the abandoned city at the foot of the Chilkoot Trail. In poring over old documents and first person accounts, and reading other historians' works, I've noticed an odd gap in Klondike history--from August 1896, the time George Carmack staked his Discovery claim on Bonanza Creek, to eleven months later, when the steamships Excelsior and Portland landed on the West Coast carrying more than two tons of Klondike gold. Little has been written about this period, and what has been published often doesn't agree with primary sources. Hence, this modest book of three Klondike essays that seeks to supplement and correct the record. A note about the title. From the fall of 1896 to the summer of 1897, the time frame studied in this book, many names were given to the new strike along the Klondike River: "Tron-deg," "Klondak," "Cloendyke"--all attempts by the miners to pronounce the First Nations name for the river, "Tr'ondëk." The spelling that was most preferred by the miners, though, was "Clondyke." This evolved to "Klondyke" in the summer of 1897 due to some Canadian officials' preference for that spelling, and finally to "Klondike" in 1898 by order of the Canadian Board on Geographical Names." MJK

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