Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park | Moore Cabin

Located in Alaska, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park illustrates the history of the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 19th century. Newspapers around the country declared Seattle to be the “Gateway to the Gold Fields.” It was where travelers could get food, warm clothing, tents, and transportation. Out of 70,000 stampeders, 30,000 to 40,000 of them brought their goods to seattle. Around 1997, goldseekers began boarding ships in Seattle and made their way to the Alaskan towns of Skagway and Dyea. The Moore Cabin was the first building constructed in Skagway a decade before the start of the gold rush. In 1887, Captain William Moore first visited the valley which was occupied by local Tlingit Natives called Shghagwei. Moore predicted that the area would be a great place to make money on the gold rush. As a result, Moore and his son Ben homesteaded 160 acres and improved the land.