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1. What do you see? Speculate on what might be going on in these pictures. 2. Klondike Gold Rush. 1896: gold discovered in Yukon Territory in Canada Early stakeholders became wealthy Rumors of gold spread to U.S. through Seattle, but took almost a year to spread (1897)-why?. 3 routes.

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what do you see speculate on what might be going on in these pictures

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What do you see? Speculate on what might be going on in these pictures.

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klondike gold rush
Klondike Gold Rush
  • 1896: gold discovered in Yukon Territory in Canada
  • Early stakeholders became wealthy
  • Rumors of gold spread to U.S. through Seattle, but took almost a year to spread (1897)-why?
3 routes
3 routes

All-Canadian Route: most difficult

  • What problems do you think “stampeders” faced?
  • 100,000 set off for Yukon; only 30,000 completed the trip
    • What happened to the rest?

All-Water Route:

easiest, but most expensive

Skagway Route: most common, steep and hazardous

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What problems do you think “stampeders” faced, and what happened to most?

    • Knew little about where they were going
    • Had to buy expensive equipment and supplies
    • Dangerous journey
    • Hard to retrieve gold-had to dig through 10+ feet of permafrost
    • Most didn’t find gold and left empty-handed
    • Merchants made the most money
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How is this map different from today’s map?

  • Why is there so much gold/silver in this part of the country?
  • What happened to many of these mining towns?
  • How did the mining boom affect the West? The nation as a whole?
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Why did these trails originate in Texas?

  • Why is Texas a good place to raise cattle?
  • What do you know about cattle drives?
  • Where do these cattle trails end? Why?
  • What do you think it was it like in these “cow towns”?
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Dodge City, Kansas, 1874

"Kansas has but one Dodge City, with a broad expanse of territory sufficiently vast for an empire; we have only room for one Dodge City; Dodge, a synonym for all that is wild, reckless, and violent; Hell on the Plains."

-- A Kansas Newspaper in the 1870's

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What brought an end to the open range and the cowboy way of life?

  • Eventually, the cattle drive itself became obsolete. What invention would make it unnecessary to load live cattle onto railcars to ship to slaughterhouses in the east?
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What was the first transcontinental railroad completed?

  • How did the railroads transform the nation?