Discovery Day (Yukon) History
Discovery Day commemorates the discovery of gold in the 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 goldfields.
Although the Klondike Gold Rush only lasted a few years, it had several impactful effects. It brought thousands of immigrants and it started the gold mining industry and the construction of a railway connecting the Yukon to Alaska. Discovery Day was established in 1911 by the Yukon's Territorial Council. It is celebrated annually on the third Monday of every August.
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