Fremont Historical Society
The Fremont Historical Society and the Fremont Branch of the Seattle Public Library are partnering in a display throughout the month of May about the lives of A.J. and Clara Goddard, early Fremont residents and business owners, who went to the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada’s Yukon Territory in 1898. On display will be stories, photographs, and maps about their lives in Fremont, and their adventures taking parts for a sawmill and two steamboats, the A. J. Goddard and the F. H. Kilbourne over the pass from Skagway to Lake Bennett. A.J. and Clara piloted the Goddard 400+ miles from Lake Bennett down the Yukon River to Dawson. It was the first steamer to complete that trip in 1898 and safely made the return trip to Lake Bennett. Clara was the first woman to pilot a steamboat on the Yukon. There is also an 1897 Klondike Gold Rush game based on “pin the tail on the donkey” at the library for kids to play.
There will be an accompanying free historical program and reception on Saturday, May 12, at 11 AM. More details on AKCHO’s online events calendar.
The Fremont Library is located at 731 N 35th Street, Seattle. Library hours are 1-8 PM Monday and Tuesday; 11 AM -6 PM Wednesday and Thursday; 11 AM – 6 PM Saturday and 1-5 PM Sunday.