Frank Laroche photo of canoe at Dyea

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Alaska Natives, Children, Dyea, Women | 1 comment

Canoe at DyeaThe interesting thing about this photo of 2 native  women and child packing stuff in 1897 at Dyea is the shape of the canoe which is very traditional, yet this one is not that decorative.  It one of the few photos of Tlingit children and women at work.


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Dogs and horse at Dyea

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Dogs, Dyea, Goldrushers | 0 comments

Dogs at DyeaHere is another picture of that dog and his friends at Dyea in the winter of 1897. Is that a horse or a donkey?


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“Rock Point Bridge” on Chilkoot Trail

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Dyea, Goldrushers | 0 comments

Rock Point Bridge

I have never heard of Rock Point Bridge on the Chilkoot Trail, it may be up near Finnegans.

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Goldrushers in 1897

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Dyea, Goldrushers | 0 comments

Hikers on Chilkot

During the winter of 1897 these goldrushers were using sleds to transport their stuff up the Chilkoot Trail. The photo is dated December 10, 1897.

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Trail dog on Chilkoot 1897

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Dogs, Dyea, Goldrushers, Reporters and Photographers | 0 comments

dog at Chilkoot TrailThis picture taken in the winter of 1897 and processed on December 10, 1897 shows some goldrushers with their dog on the Chilkoot Trail. It looks like a rather large dog, perhaps a lab or cross. I wonder if he made it to Dawson!


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Great new book on Dyea

Posted on May 10, 2013 in Dyea, Reporters and Photographers | 1 comment

Yesterday I attended a lecture at the National Park Service by M.J. Kirchhoff on violence on the trails and the Soapy story. There was also a critical review of Spude’s book which many agreed had many false assumptions and mistakes. Mark agreed that Jeff Smith’s book on Soapy is a very good reference for students and historians.

Mark’s new book is called “Dyea, Alaska – The Rise and Fall of a Klondike Gold Rush Town” printed in 2012 and available at the Skagway News Depot in Skagway. I leafed through it and was amazed at the incredible collection of historic photos of Dyea that have never been published before. Also at their clarity and good descriptions.  Here is Michael Gates description: “Kirchhoff is a widely respected historian whose previous works include an excellent biography of Jack Dalton as well as Clondyke: The First Year of the Rush… Kirchhoff tackles the overlooked aspects of Alaska and Yukon history and fills in the gaps in our understanding of the North…. Kirchhoff’s book charts the rapid decline of Dyea, and offers an explanation for the eventual death of this once bustling community, but you will have to read the book to learn the answer.”

I was also very flattered that he twice referred to this blog and my research! Wow, I feel a little light headed here!

There was some interest in numbers of deaths during the 1897-1899 period from various causes, so I will compile that data later today and do a review on that too.

Me looking surprised….

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