Donald Trump owes empire to Gold Rush grandpa's business instincts

September 6, 2012 

Friedrich Trump was 29 years old when he boarded a steamer in Seattle for Skagway. He'd already operated a restaurant in Seattle's Skid Row but couldn't resist the lure of rumored Gold Rush riches in the Yukon. Canada's UpHere magazine tells the story of how a seedy restaurant opened by Friedrich along the stampeders' trail gave birth to the dynasty presided over by his grandson.

By the end of May, Trump and Levin had made it to Bennett, where they opened the New Arctic Restaurant and Hotel. It was a two-story building made from milled lumber, a rarity in the sea of tents and lean-tos. ... But an unnamed letter-writer to the Yukon Sun newspaper, a stampeder passing through, painted a slightly different picture. "I would advise respectable women traveling alone, or with an escort, to be careful in their selection of hotels at Bennett," he wrote. "For single men the Arctic has excellent accommodations as well as the best restaurant in Bennett, but I would not advise respectable women to go there to sleep as they are liable to hear that which would be repugnant to their feelings - and uttered, too, by the depraved of their own sex." Apparently, it wasn't just Trump's assortment of poultry dishes that brought in the crowds.

Read more at UpHere: How the Trumps struck Klondike gold

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