Discovery Day (Yukon) History
Discovery Day commemorates the discovery of gold in Yukon. In August of 1896, George Carmack, Dawson Charlie and Skookum Jim discovered gold in Bonanza Creek near present day Dawson City. This discovery began the Klondike Gold Rush that led to a massive stampede of nearly 100,000 people attempting to reach the Klondike gold fields to get rich.
Although the Klondike Gold Rush only lasted a few years, it brought with it thousands of immigrants, the gold mining industry and the construction of a railway connecting Yukon to Alaska. In 1911, Yukon's Territorial Council declared a public holiday for Discovery Day. Residents of the territory of Yukon celebrate this day on the third Monday of every August.
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