Reed Travel Features
JUNEAU -- Alaska's Gold Rush Centennial, being celebrated
through 2004, has fostered a number of events tied to the
historical search for the precious metal.
Although the Klondike, in Canada's Yukon Territory, generally is
regarded as the catalyst for the frenzy, gold was found long before
at different places in Alaska.
Following is a partial list of some of the gold-rush-inspired
events for next summer.
* June 16 to 30. Dyea to Dawson Race. Two-person teams, each
carrying a required amount of the goods carried by the gold
seekers, will pack over the Chilkoot Trail to Lake Bennett to begin
the 400-mile canoe trip to Dawson, in the Yukon.
For more information, call the Skagway Centennial Committee at
* June 21. Reenactment of the Founding of Eagle City. A flotilla
of private boats will leave Dawson and float down the Yukon to
Eagle, where a tent city will welcome them, as it did the miners a
The number is (907) 474-6950.
* Mid-July (date to be finalized). Reenactment of the arrival of
a ton of Klondike gold in Seattle. The actual event in July 1897
triggered the Klondike Gold Rush.
Alaska Sightseeing/Cruise West's Spirit of '98 will pick up the
gold in Skagway and deliver it to Seattle after its journey from
Dawson, in the Yukon, over the White Pass.
The number is (907) 983-2854.
* Sept. 9. Klondike Trail of '98 Road Relay. A 110-mile
foot-race from Skagway to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, by 10-person
teams following the Klondike Highway.
The number is (403) 668-4236.
* Sept. 9 to 14. Festival Fairbanks. An international symposium
to explore and advance the understanding of the relationship
between minerals and humankind.
For information, the number is (907) 456-1984.