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FREMONT'S CONNECTION TO THE KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH, 1897-98
MAY 2018

The Fremont Historical Society and the Fremont Branch of the Seattle Public Library are partnering in a display throughout the month of May about the lives of A.J. and Clara Goddard, early Fremont residents and business owners, who went to the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1898. On display will be stories, photographs, and maps about their lives in Fremont, and their adventures taking parts for a sawmill and two steamboats, the A. J. Goddard and the F. H. Kilbourne over the pass from Skagway to Lake Bennett. A.J. and Clara piloted the Goddard 400+ miles from Lake Bennett down the Yukon River to Dawson. It was the first steamer to complete that trip in 1898 and safely made the return trip to Lake Bennett. Clara was the first woman to pilot a steamboat on the Yukon. There is also an 1897 Klondike Gold Rush game based on "pin the tail on the donkey" at the library for kids to play.

Reception and Program: On Saturday, May 12th, at 11:00 a.m., there will be a free reception with light refreshments. Fremont Historical Society folks will be on hand to chat about the display.

The program follows at 12:00 p.m. and will feature:

Finding the A.J. Goddard: a documentary film about the search and finding of the wreck of the A.J. Goddard in Lake Laberge. The Goddards sold their business in the Yukon in 1899. The Goddard went down during a storm in 1901 but was not found until 2008. The icy lake waters have done a great job preserving the vessel and many of its contents.

The Arthur Foss tugboat – History and Haul Out: Richard Miller, project manager for Northwest Seaport for the Arthur Foss' 2017 haul out, will give a presentation on the history of the 129 year old vessel, considered to be the world's oldest wooden tugboat still afloat. It is an ocean-going tug that towed river vessels to the mouth of the Yukon River during the Klondike, and served in the South Pacific during WWII. Richard will also cover the scope and findings of the haul out.

Fremont Public Library
731 N. 35th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
206-684-4084

Monday, Tuesday: 1 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday, Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm
Friday: closed
Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

If you have questions, please email:
fremonthistoricalsociety@gmail.com.