Klondike River

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Klondike River
Tr'ondëk
Klondike River crossing Dempster Highway 1.JPG
Klondike River crossing Dempster Highway (upstream)
Location
CountryCanada
TerritoryYukon
Physical characteristics
SourceOgilvie Mountains
MouthYukon River
 - location
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
 - coordinates
64°03′08″N 139°26′27″W / 64.05222°N 139.44083°W / 64.05222; -139.44083Coordinates: 64°03′08″N 139°26′27″W / 64.05222°N 139.44083°W / 64.05222; -139.44083
Length160 km (99 mi)
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The Klondike River (Hän: Tr'ondëk) 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.)

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  1. ^ "Klondike River". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 5 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Klondike River". Natural Resources Canada. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2010.