The 100th anniversary of the United States National Parks Service for many will conjure images of natural and wilderness landscapes. But tucked in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood in the historic Cadillac Hotel is the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, designated a national park in 2006 to preserve the history of Seattle’s role in the Klondike gold rush of the late 1890s. Seattle served as the gateway to the Klondike region in Northwestern Canada, and of the estimated 100,000 people who pursued dreams of gold, approximately 70,000 came through Seattle to prepare for the journey. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park has an affiliate national park located in Skagway Alaska.
Aileen Imperial is a multimedia and documentary producer with a commitment to thoughtful observation and engagement. Her work has aired nationally on the PBS American Masters series, the PBS NewsHour, and she received an Emmy® award in 2016 in the Arts feature category.More stories by Aileen Imperial