ERIC Number: ED442682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Gold Fever! Seattle Outfits the Klondike Gold Rush. Teaching with Historic Places.
Blackburn, Marc K.
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Pioneer Square Historic District," and other sources about Seattle (Washington) and the Klondike Gold Rush. The lesson helps students understand how Seattle exemplified the prosperity of the Klondike Gold Rush after 1897 when news of a gold strike in Canada's Yukon Valley reached Seattle and the city's face was changed dramatically by furious commercial activity. The lesson can be used in units on western expansion, late 19th-century commerce, and urban history. It is divided into the following sections: "About This Lesson"; "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps" (Routes from Seattle to Klondike; Pioneer Square, Seattle); "Determining the Facts: Readings" (The Rush for Gold; Selling Seattle; Front Page of the "Seattle Post-Intelligencer," October 13, 1897; The Legacy of the Klondike Gold Rush); "Visual Evidence: Images" (Cooper and Levy, Pioneer Outfitters; McDougal and Southwick Company; Thedinga Hardware Company; The Pioneer Building, Pioneer Square; Ascending the "Golden Stairs" up to Chilkoot Pass on the Chilkoot Trail, 1897); "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Should I Stay, or Should I Go?; Opportunity Knocks); and "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Historic Sites, Local History, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History, Urban Areas, Urban Culture
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/55klondike/55 Klondike.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Register of Historic Places, Washington, DC. Interagency Resources Div.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Washington (Seattle)