A certain George Washington Carmack, his wife and assistant Indians discovered gold-bearing sands on a section of Rabbit Creek that flows into the Klondike River. A day later, Carmack secured the rights to the property. He also renamed Rabbit Creek as Bonanza Creek. Figuratively speaking, “bonanza” translates to “gold bottom.” The news spread around and beyond and the world was gripped by a gold rush for the second time in a century. Hundreds of fortune-seekers, including the famous writer Jack London, went to northern Canada. The Klondike was no longer just a river, but a gold district and, in a figurative sense, a gold bottom.
On August 16, 1896, the gold was found in Klondike