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Klondike Gold Fields, spanning the area of Skagway and the Yukon Territory in Canada, is famous for being the site of the last gold rush of the 19th century. The town of Skagway in Alaska is best known as the ?Gateway of the Klondike Gold Fields .? Behind these fields lies a very interesting history. Today, the fields serve as a destination for tourists from all over the globe.

The gold field's history started when George Washington Carmack and company discovered a gold nugget in the territory. This started the gold rush in the area and by 1898, over 100,000 miners set off to the area in search of fortune. These miners came to be known as "stampeders". The stampede resulted in a loss of many lives ? only 30,000 miners succeeded in completing the dangerous journey. Epidemics and the harsh environment caused the downfall of many stampeders. In spite of this, the gold rush managed to bring businesses to the Skagway area.

Nowadays, the Klondike Gold Fields serve as a historic park, providing attractions to visitors. One of the attractions is the 1937 Gold Dredge bought back from the Yukon part of the Gold Fields. The 350 ton Dredge is a gold sifting machine and still fully functional, allowing guests to see it in action. The Living Museum also provides a look into the gold mining history of the area. Gold panning demonstrations are also held daily by mining veterans. Visitors are also given a chance to enjoy gold panning; even having the gold gathered weighed and kept as souvenirs. The Gold Shack Gift shop and the Gold Parlor offer tourists the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and jewelry. Sled dog tours are also available in the Klondike Gold Fields, as well as a brewery and a restaurant. Apart from delicious meals, the restaurant offers a view to the Skagway River, Majestic Snow Capped Mountains, the Harding Glacier and the Skagway downtown.
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