Outdoor Literature (PE 4440)


Map: Robert Service / Jack London





Robert Service & Jack London: Route to the Klondike Gold Rush
References:  The Cremation of Sam Magee and To Build a Fire

Robert Service's "The Cremation of Sam Magee" and Jack London's enduring story "To Build a Fire" both take place in the far north, during the Klondike gold rush of 1896–1899.   Hopeful miners came to the Klondike on several routes but the most popular were those originating at Dyea or Skagway in Southeast Alaska.  These routes first led up and over a pass and then down to the other side where the Yukon River river was followed to Dawson and the nearby discoveries.   The map, below, shows the route.


Alaska Map - Route to Klondike





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