National Geographic : 1975 Dec
Gleaming rivulet of coarse gold streams from a weighing pan (below) at a bank in Dawson, center of the Klondike stampede. The town news paper once philosophized that "There is no music like the tinkle of nug gets falling upon a gold scale." That song faded in the Klondike after the strike that produced an estimated five million ounces of the precious metal. But high gold prices now are luring prospectors back to Dawson, amid growing numbers of tourists. They come by car and camper overland from Whitehorse, bustling capital of the Yukon, where old stern-wheelers molder on the riverbank (right). An all-weather road completed in 1952 put an end to steamboat service between the two cities.