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The Klondike River is a tributary of the Yukon River in Canada that gave its name to the Klondike Gold Rush. The Klondike River has its source in the Ogilvie Mountains and flows into the Yukon River at Dawson City.
Its name comes from the Hän word Tr'ondëk (/ʈʂʼontək/) meaning hammerstone, a tool which was used to hammer down stakes used to set salmon nets.
Gold was discovered in tributaries of the Klondike River in 1896 which started the Klondike gold rush, and is still being mined today.
In Jack London's story "A Relic of the Pliocene" (Collier's Weekly, 1901), this river was mentioned as "Reindeer River". (See Reindeer Lake.)
Klondike River (left) flowing into the Yukon River (top and right) at Dawson City
Klondike River crossing Dempster Highway (downstream)
Mouth of the Klondike River to the Yukon River at Dawson City