Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square district, this National Park Service museum commemorates the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s. Thousands of so-called “stampeders” passed through Seattle, loading up with provisions before continuing on via steamer to the Yukon. The attendant economic boom coincided with a massive surge in population: the city’s population grew from 43,000 in 1890 to 237,000 in 1910. Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle represents one of the vital staging areas for people traveling to the Yukon Territory in search of gold. Today, Park visitors can enjoy the museum and Seattle’s National Park Store, explore temporary exhibits in the Kerr Room, or take a walking tour of Pioneer Square. During the summer, teens can participate in the In My Backyard paid internship program.