Klondike Rush for Gold Virtual Museum of Canada



Sourdough
New arrivals to the Klondike, and the north in general, were typically referred to as cheechakos, a First Nations word literally meaning "newcomer". The word is still commonly used today to refer to people who have not yet spent a winter in the Yukon. Grizzled prospectors and long-time residents of the north were called sourdoughs, after the bread dough that was a staple among the early prospectors in the Klondike.
Old Sourdough Miner
Sourdough with gold pan and hand-mining tools, 1915 Dawson City Museum & Historical Society (1991.51.21)

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