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Near Dawson City, Yukon Territory — The Canadian Territories
 

Discovery Claim

Concession de la Découverte

 
 
Discovery Claim Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2010
1. Discovery Claim Marker
Inscription. [English:]
The names Robert Henderson, Skookum Jim, Tagish Charlie and George Carmack are inextricably linked to the discovery of gold on Bonanza Creek. Henderson was first to systematically explore the gold bearing potential of the region, only to have the major find elude him. Then on 17 August 1896 Jim struck gold, and with his companions Charlie and Carmack staked the first claims. A few day later at Forty Mile, Carmack in his own name registered the Discovery Claim where this monument stands. Within days Bonanza and Eldorado Creeks had been staked and when news reached the outside the Klondike Gold Rush was on.

[French:]
Robert Henderson, Skookum Jim, Tagish Charlie et George Carmack sont intimement liés à la découverte de l’or dans le ruisseau Bonanza. Henderson fut la premier à explorer systématiquement le potentiel de la région, mais la découverte principale lui échappa. Le 17 âout 1896, Jim découvrit de l’or et jalonna averc ses compagnons Charlie et Carmack les quatre premières consessions; à Forty Mile, Carmack enregistra a son nom la concession de la découverte où’ sélève ce monument. En quelques jours, les consessions des ruisseaux Bonanza et Eldorado furent jalonnées. Ce fut le départ de la ruée vers l’or du Klondike.
 
Erected 1962 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board

Bonaza Creek, upstream from the discovery site. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2010
2. Bonaza Creek, upstream from the discovery site.
of Canada/ Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
 
Location. 63° 56.142′ N, 139° 19.652′ W. Marker is near Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Marker is on Bonanza Creek Road. Touch for map. The Discovery Claim is located 14.8 km/9.3 miles up Bonanza Creek Road from the intersection with the Klondike Highway. Marker is in this post office area: Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B 1G0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Service's Cabin / La cabane de Robert Service (approx. 14.3 kilometers away); N.W.M.P. Commanding Officer’s Quarters (approx. 14.4 kilometers away); Dr. Brown’s Residence (approx. 14.6 kilometers away); St. Andrew’s Church and Manse (approx. 14.6 kilometers away); Macaulay’s Residence (approx. 14.7 kilometers away); 3rd Avenue Complex (approx. 14.8 kilometers away); Yukon Hotel (approx. 14.8 kilometers away); Billy Bigg’s Blacksmith Shop (approx. 14.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dawson City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Klondike Gold Rush: Yukon Territory 1897. (Submitted on July 18, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Klondike Gold Rush - Wikipwdia. (Submitted on July 18, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Additional keywords.
Bonaza Creek, downstream from the discovery site. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2010
3. Bonaza Creek, downstream from the discovery site.
Klondike Gold Rush, gold mining
 
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Trying one's luck. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2010
4. Trying one's luck.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 613 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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