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Klondike Gold

Rich placer gold deposits were found in the Klondike district of Yukon in 1896, and a wild gold rush ensued. The district is east and southeast of Dawson (pop. 1,300), mostly along Bonanza and Hunker Creeks, and their tributaries.

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