Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park | Moore House

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 House was built by Ben and Minnie Moore in 1897. Built in front of the original Moore Cabin, the one and half story wood frame has evolved over time as family size and personal wealth increased. Importantly, the house mirrors the growth of Skagway due to the gold rush boom; around 10,000 people moved to the town in hopes of finding gold. The Moore House was restored in 1995-1997 for Skagway’s 100th anniversary.