Just like no one can agree on exactly how the Klondike Gold Rush started, how and when the stampede ended is also the topic of fierce dispute. We wrap up the podcast with a look at this debate, clean up a few errors we made along the way, and let you know what happened to our favourite -- and not so favourite -- characters after they left the Yukon.
We hope you have enjoyed the podcast as much as we did making it. It was wonderful to reconnect with some of the old stories and discover some new ones to share.
The last episode has a few audio issues as we had to record it in different locations during the pandemic. Apologies for some glitches you may hear.
We may drop some future bonus episodes, but for now we're wrapping the show.
Thank you for listening! And for listeners who don't already live in the Yukon or Alaska, make sure you put the Chilkoot Trail, Yukon River and Dawson City on your bucket lists!
Sources and exhibits mentioned in the episode:
National Archives image of the 1898 census of Dawson's population
The classic 1957 documentary City of Gold by the National Film Board and Pierre Berton
Dawson’s Boom is Over: When the Klondike Gold Rush Ended and Why it Matters, by Mark Kirchhoff, available in the Spring 2019 edition of the University of Washington's Pacific Northwest Quarterly
The Klondike Stampede by Tappan Adney
Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America by Tappan Adney
Maclean's Magazine from 1937 about British Columbia annexing the Yukon
Anchorage Daily News article on Friedrich Trump and his hotel and restaurant
The Gold Standard: Historical Facts and Future Prospects by Richard Cooper of Harvard University
Photo in the public domain, Mining in a shaft, 1898, Curtis Asahel, University Library Washington.