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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Prospectors were a notoriously rowdy bunch, leaving broken hearts and broken bottles in their wake. But they also left behind great cities, which likely wouldn't have coalesced without the cash they were willing to spend on snow goggles, snowshoes, and whatever else scam artists could persuade them to buy. Seattle was a tremendous beneficiary of the gold craze, a story told in compelling and succinct fashion at the National Park Service's Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, a two-story museum complete with a fake log cabin. HANNA RASKIN 319 Second Ave. S., 220-4240, nps.gov/klse

 
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