When a Ton of Gold Reached Seattle Author:Elizabeth Rider Montgomery When a ton of gold reached Seattle in 1897, the little frontier lumber town became the "gateway to the gold" and was soon transformed into a fast-growing industrial harbor city. — In this interesting factual account, a Seattle author describes how "gold fever" swept through the town after the steamer Portland docked, carrying 68 miners returning ... more »from the Klondike with more than a ton of gold. As the news spread, people from all over the world began to arrive in Seattle to prepare themselves for the dangerous trp to the gold fields. It was here that they purchased supplies and waited for passage north. At times there were so many newcomers in town that people slept outdoors, and some of the downtown streets were stacked 10 feet high with supplies.
Many of the newcomers stayed in Seattle, building homes nd developing businesses and industries. In a few years the town had developed into one of the United States' major cities. This exciting story of how the city grew is illustrated by old photographs and contemporary art.
This book is part of the How They Lived series, developed to give young people a wider and more comprehensive view of American hisotry, and thus a deeper understanding and more lasting appreciation of their heritage.« less