Stampeders and their outfits in Dyea, Alaska. So many hopeful men (and a few women) were making the difficult journey into the Canadian and Alaskan wilderness in search of gold during the Klondike Gold Rush, the Canadian government started requiring every stampeder bring a year’s supply of goods before crossing the border, leading to hundreds […]
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In this snow-covered post, somewhere in Alaska, dog teams perform tasks in country impassible to other forms of locomotion. They are kept by the Quartermaster Corps of the Army, for hauling food to snow-bound infantry units and locating and aiding fliers forced down in the wilderness. Three of the dog teams with their drivers are […]
A view from Fourth Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska, looking east from near Barrow Street, after the 1964 Alaska Earthquake (also called the Great Alaskan Earthquake). The collapse of Fourth Avenue near C Street in Anchorage was due to a landslide caused by the earthquake. Before the shock, the sidewalk on the left was at street […]
Mug shot: A photograph of someone’s face especially one made for police records. The word ”mug shots” comes from the British slang word “mug” meaning “face.” In 1972, Steve McQueen was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska for drunk driving. The famed actor posted bail and left town. He was later convicted in absentia for reckless driving.
Not much is known about Eli Smith besides that he was born in Wisconsin around 1856. On November 14, 1905, he hitched up his dogsled and left Nome, Alaska. His destination was Washington, D.C. Armed with a letter from the Nome postmaster to the postmaster general in Washington, D.C., Smith set out on a journey […]
Photograph shows workers cutting the S.S. Portland out of Bering Sea ice off of Alaska around 1903. The S.S. Portland was a 191 foot wooden hull ship had an interesting history. Not only did it help to launch the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1890s, the S.S. Portland was a notorious smuggling ship for […]