Seeking a Better Life, 1897
A mother and her baby join the procession of hopeful prospectors as they trek along the Yukon Trail in Alaska's Dyea Valley during the Klondike Gold Rush.
Gold was discovered in Canada’s Klondike region in 1896. When the news reached Seattle in June 1897 it sparked a stampede to the North motivated in part by an economic depression that engulfed America at the time.
An estimated 30,000 adventurers (including women and children as this photo documents) made the journey north in search of riches. The gold rush lasted until 1910.