She had beauty, charm and a man who "done her wrong." She was Kathleen Rockwell, and she made her way across the mountains to Dawson City and gold fields around the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, just as many others did during the Gold Rush of 1898.
When the St. Paul Winter Carnival began, Klondike Kate could easily have been the first to entertain at the Casino. Although it is not known exactly when Carnival began hiring entertainers, it is know that the last entertainer hired was in 1961, and she was known as "Klondike Kate."
In the early seventies and even into the eighties, the reigning Klondike Kate performed alone. But as years went by, the character of Kate became so flamboyant and dynamic that she became more and more in demand. It then became a group effort so that many more of the requested demands for appearances could be fulfilled. Former Klondike Kates who are members of the Royal Order of Klondike Kates perform along with the new Kate and create memories of the Gold Rush era in our country.
Today, the members of the Royal Order of the Klondike Kates make over 100 appearances a year.
They are a "sisterhood" of women who love to perform and, by their very presence, provide an open-armed welcome to St. Paul visitors and locals, alike.
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