Society for the History of Discoveries


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Dr. Donald L. McGuirk

Founding Member, Past President
Rocky Mountain Map Society


The Klondike Gold Rush, Yukon Territory, Canada: (1897 - 1899)


The Klondike Gold Rush (1897 - 1899) was one of the more interesting episodes in the history of North America. With America coming out of a depression, the promise of gold and quick riches drew many to the remote area surrounding the Klondike River in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Many interesting characters (some from the Denver area) migrated north to fulfill their dream. This particular gold rush was well documented in maps and photographs. This presentation will present the history and challenges of the Klondike Rush by focusing on the individuals who participated in it and the routes they took to attain their goals. It will also brifely discuss the impact this rush had on the land and indigenous peoples of this area


Dr. Donald L. McGuirk Jr. is a retired physician with a keen interest in early world maps, cartographic myths, and early exploration of the New World. He is a founding member and former president of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. He has been a member of the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society since its inception, and now sits on its steering committee. McGuirk has also been a member of the Society for the History of Discoveries for over thirty years. Additionally, he is a member, in long standing, of the Washington Map Society and the Texas Map Society. His articles have been published in Imago Mundi, Terrae Incognitae, The Portolan Journal, and the IMCOS Journal. These may be found at:

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