Alaska's Gold Rush began in 1896-97 when gold was discovered in the Klondike in Canada's Yukon Territory. Lured by the hopes of quick riches, thousands of prospectors streamed through the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, demanding goods and services. With the best gold fields claimed by 1898, many began searching in Alaska. Major strikes occurred in Nome in 1898 and near Fairbanks in 1902. Most did not get rich, but a good many decided to stay in Alaska afterwards, quickly transforming its population. Between 1897 and 1907, prospectors founded more than fifty gold mining camps in various parts of Alaska, some of which such as Nome and Fairbanks grew into major towns. This part-print, part-manuscript 20-acre placer-mining claim is for the area in North Western Alaska in the Cripple River Mining District and is dated Sept. 15, 1899, being issued to Arthur F. Wines. Note is made that the claim is above and adjoining the claim of C. Kimball. Interestingly, the form has ?State of Washington' crossed out and North Western Alaska written in. Docketing on the verso shows the claim was recorded in Vol. 1, pages 46-47, Sept. 3, 1899. Document measures approximately 7 by 8 inches and is in excellent condition. A great souvenir of a wild and wonderful period of American history and a scarce document.