The Klondike Gold Rush


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A WebQuest on the Klondike Gold Rush



The Klondike Gold rush of 1897 changed the lives of many people living in the pacific northwest.  Looking back at western expansion and the reasons for moving out west few people realize the effect of settlement and profit brought by this gold rush.  In this WebQuest you will have the chance to explore what life was like for these gold-seeking entrepreneurs and follow the path they took to get to the Klondike goldfields.


The Assignment

Your assignment is to research and learn about the reasons behind the gold rush of 1897 and the paths taken by the prospectors.  While exploring think of these key questions:

    1) What were the reasons people moved to the Klondike area and why?

    2) What kinds of materials were needed to make the journey to the Klondike area?  Were any required?

    3) What paths were available to the "stampeders" and what were the factors that made them choose their path?

    4) What sort of environmental factors did the "stampeders" have to face during
        their trek?

    5) Who was profiting (making the most money) the most from the Klondike gold rush?

    6) What were the results of the prospectors and  Gold Rush?

After completing the WebQuest you will show your understanding of the Klondike Gold Rush.  As you research keep a journal of your findings each day.  You will complete a journal detailing your journey when you finish.  Once completed groups will present their project to the class.


The Process

You are now all prospectors in the year 1897.

1) Pick a partner to help with your travel to the Klondike.

2) In a notebook take notes of information you find while doing research for your journey.

3) Begin looking over the sites that are linked below.

As you continue to research think about how you would have traveled and what kinds of resources you would need to make your journey.  Keep notes on possible routes of travel and supplies needed to make the trip to the Klondike Gold Rush area.

Once completed with the WebQuest artistic depiction you will be presenting your journey to the rest of the class.

Background Information on the Klondike: (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Key Cities:

Skagway (Links to an external site.)

Dyea (Links to an external site.)

Seattle (Links to an external site.)

Trails & Traveling:

Chilkoot Trail (Links to an external site.)

White Pass Trail (Links to an external site.)

Trails Overview (Links to an external site.)

Supplies: (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Maps: (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

Pictures: (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)