The day the Klondike Gold Rush started – level 1


It is 1896. People are looking for gold around the Klondike River in Canada. For some time, people don’t find a lot of gold. Everything changes on August 16. Four miners find a lot of gold.

After this moment, other local miners come to the place where the gold is. They also find a lot of gold.

A year later, the first rich miners from the Klondike go to San Francisco, California. When people hear about the gold, they want to go to the Klondike, too. A gold rush starts.

100,000 people leave their jobs and their families. They go to the Klondike. They want to find gold, too. They want to be rich fast.

Life isn’t easy in the Klondike. People must work hard. The weather is very cold.

In the end, only some people find a lot of gold. Many people return home with nothing. Some people never return.

Difficult words: find (to see what you are looking for), miner (a person who looks for gold), gold rush (a moment when a lot of people want to find gold in one place), leave (to go away from), return (to go back).

What challenges did the people of the Klondike gold rush face?


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