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Friday, July 18, 1997

Calendar of Klondike events

by Seattle Times staff

One hundred years ago this week, the steamer Portland pulled into Seattle with 68 miners who had found gold in the Klondike River in Canada's Yukon. The gold rush that ensued changed Seattle forever, and is being commemorated with a variety of events this week.


-- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Exhibits, demonstrations at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 117 S. Main St. Centennial celebration continues daily, through the year. (206) 553-7220

-- 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Spirit of Puget Sound Centennial Gold Rush Celebration brunch cruise, $38.30 per person. (206) 443-1439 for ticket information.

-- 10 a.m.: The Spirit of '98, a 192-foot replica of a turn-of-the-century ship, will arrive at Pier 57 in Seattle.

-- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Materials related to the gold rush and mining will be on display inside the Bay Pavilion at Pier 57.

-- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Washington Prospectors Mining Association and Boeing prospectors will give lessons at the end of Pier 57 on how to pan for gold. Cost is $3.

-- 3 p.m.: Linda McCune will present a slide show and host a book signing for "The Trail to the Klondike," a book by her late husband, Don McCune, at Elliott Bay Bookstore. Call (206) 624-6600 for info.

-- 7 to 10 p.m.: "Sourdough ball" at Pier 69. The Seaside Pavilion Historic Dance Troupe will teach dance steps from the 1890s while Original Cast Productions perform actual tunes. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for those 18 and under.


-- 10 a.m. to noon: Sourdough pancake breakfast at Waterfront Park, south of the Seattle Aquarium. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.

-- Noon: Reenactment of prospectors heading north to the Klondike accompanied by other boats. Pier 57.

-- 3 p.m.: Claire Murphy and Jane Haigh, authors of "Gold Rush Women," will read and sign books at Elliott Bay Bookstore. (206) 624-6640.

-- 7:30 p.m.: Professor Bill Woodward will talk about the gold rush and its impact on Seattle. Demary Hall, Seattle Pacific University. (206) 389-7240.

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