A Bounty of Centennial Events

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 (907) 983-2354.

* 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 century ago.

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.

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