WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto presents a new historical documentary, "The Klondike Gold Rush" coming to PBS Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST.
Known as the richest gold strike in North American mining history, the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) set off a "stampede" of over 100,000 people on a journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada's Yukon Territory.
The boomtown, Dawson City, emerges as the heart of the story. During the gold rush, it's known as the "Paris of the North," and is one of the largest cities in Canada. Filled with banks, saloons, stores and hotels, for the stampeders and the outside world, it confirms itself as a place where lives can in fact be revolutionized where prospectors go from rags to riches and sometimes rags again almost literally overnight.
The film is based in part on turn of the century Harper's Weekly correspondent Tappan Adney—using excerpts from his book The Klondike Stampede (1900).