Feature: Seattle unit of Klondike Gold Rush NHP redefining what an urban park can be

Seattle changed forever on July 17, 1897. In fact, you can peg the birth of the modern city to that date, when the steamer Portland cruised into Elliott Bay with a boatload of gold and miners who’d struck it rich in the Klondike. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer covered the arrival with a subtle headline: “Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!” Nothing more really needed to be said.

From that moment, Seattle became internationally known, the launch pad for the gold rush in the last frontier: Alaska and the Yukon. The city boomed, nearly doubling in size between 1890 and 1900 to more than 80,000 souls.

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