The great Klondike gold strike did not reach the United
States until June 15, 1897, however, when it did the news traveled quickly
across the country.
When it reached the ears of Frank in Welsh Hill,
Pennsylvania, he knew he had to head to the Klondike to seek his fortune in
Four years later, Frank returned home with 12 fruit
jars filled to the brim with gold dust and nuggets. He told everyone this was
just a small amount of the gold that he found while in the Klondike. Frank
explained that he had left the gold hidden on his claim near Dawson. He spent
quite a bit of his gold on family and friends while enjoying the freedom of
having so much money.
A short while later, he told his close friends and
family that he was going back to retrieve the rest of his gold and to sell his
claim. After several months passed and Frank had not returned, everyone was
beginning to worry. A stranger brought a note stating that Frank had died of a
mysterious illness. His sister did not believe the bizarre tale and went in
search of her brother and his claim. When she found his claim, she also found a
cabin. Inside the cabin was her dead brother. He had been dead for months, but
was preserved because of the cold temperatures. The cabin had been torn apart by
those searching for Frank’s hidden cache. To this day, no one has found the rest
of Frank’s gold which is believed to be hidden in glass fruit jars just like the
ones he brought home.
If you really wish to look for Frank’s hidden gold,
the best place to start would be in Dawson near his claim.