Boom towns sprang up along the route. Dawson grew from 500 in 1896 to approximately 30,000 by the summer of 1898. The native Hān people were forcibly moved to a reserve and many died. By 1889, gold was discovered in Alaska and the boom was over but it left a colourful and lasting legacy that’s been immortalized in films, literature, and photographs. People still head north to pan for gold and relive the excitement and anticipation. The Yukon gold rush also led to the exploration of other minerals like silver, copper, uranium, zinc and lead.