In mid-August, 1896, an American prospector named George Carmack, his wife Kate Carmack (Shaaw Tláa), her brother Skookum Jim (Keish) and their nephew Dawson Charlie (Káa Goox) were travelling through the area south of the Klondike River. Resting by the side of a small stream that the miners called Rabbit Creek, one of them noticed a metallic glitter in the creek. They had found gold.
The next morning, August 17, they staked their claims. Carmack took credit for the find, staking the discovery claim the first claim on the creek which entitled him to a second claim. They registered the claims at Forty Mile on September 24, within the 60 days required by mining regulations. The closest mining recorder was at Forty Mile, 80 km away. (Source: Discovery Channel)