• White Pass and Yukon Railway tracks and mountain view, ca. 1899

    White Pass and Yukon Railway tracks and mountain view, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    During the Klondike Gold Rush, the White Pass was one of the routes used by prospectors to travel from Skagway to the Yukon gold fields. In April 1898 the White Pass and Yukon Railroad Company was formed in an effort to establish an easier way through the pass. Construction on the railroad began the following month. Thousands of workers worked around the clock in treacherous conditions to complete the project. The railroad track was completed at White Pass on February 20, 1899 and reached Lake Bennett on July 6, 1899. The final spike on the railroad was placed on July 29, 1900 in Carcross, B.C.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00142

    Date: 1899?

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  • Man at waterfront and glaciers in Alaska, ca. 1899

    Man at waterfront and glaciers in Alaska, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence); Pillsbury and Cleveland

    Uncaptioned photograph showing Alaskan glaciers, blocks of ice and waterway at an unknown location. A man with a walking stick stands at the left of the photo at the water's edge.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00060

    Date: 1899?

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  • Yosemite Valley, ca. 1897-1900

    Yosemite Valley, ca. 1897-1900

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    This image shows a view of Yosemite Valley from near the present-day location of the Wawona Tunnel viewpoint. Pillsbury had a lifelong interest in the park and established his own photograph studio there in 1897.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00166

    Date: 1897?; 1900?

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  • Haines, Alaska and Portage Cove looking SE, ca. 1899

    Haines, Alaska and Portage Cove looking SE, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Identifier: spl_ap_00137

    Date: 1899?

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  • Juneau and the Gastineau Channel looking SW, ca. 1899

    Juneau and the Gastineau Channel looking SW, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence); Pillsbury and Cleveland

    In 1880, gold was discovered at Silver Bow Basin by Richard Harris and Joe Juneau. The gold discovery led to the development of the nearby town of Juneau.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00067

    Date: 1899?

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  • Chief Kyan totem pole in Ketchikan, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Chief Kyan totem pole in Ketchikan, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Chief Kyan was a Tlingit chief who, in 1885, sold 160 acres to Mike Martin, one of the city of Ketchikan's founders. The totem pole shows the lineage of the Chief's family. The bear at the base of the pole represents Chief Kyan's family. The Thunderbird in the center represents his wife's family and the crane at the top represents his wife.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00080

    Date: 1899?

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  • Sternwheelers at Whitehorse, Yukon, ca. 1899

    Sternwheelers at Whitehorse, Yukon, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Whitehorse, located along the Yukon River, was a stopping point for many prospectors who traveled via steamship to reach the gold fields during the Klondike Gold Rush. The "Governor Pingree" (also known as the "Bonanza King") and another unknown sternwheeler appear on the left side of the photograph. The "Governor Pingree" was built in Seattle in 1898 by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co. and originally operated by the Boston & Alaska Transportation Co. A tent with the sign "White Horse Saloon" appears at the right.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00167

    Date: 1899?

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  • Men sitting on train tracks at Index, Washington, ca. 1900

    Men sitting on train tracks at Index, Washington, ca. 1900

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence); Pillsbury Panoramic View Company

    Identifier: spl_ap_00070

    Date: 1900?

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  • Aerial view of Dyea and Skagway, Alaska from across Chilkoot Inlet, ca. 1899

    Aerial view of Dyea and Skagway, Alaska from across Chilkoot Inlet, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence); Pillsbury and Cleveland

    Dyea and Skagway served as the two main starting points for overland routes to the Klondike gold fields. Dyea was a short-lived town used by prospectors as an entrance to the Chilkoot Trail. It became less popular after a large avalanche blocked much of the trail on April 3, 1898 killing over 70 prospectors. Skagway served as the starting point for the White Pass Trail. In May 1898 White Pass & Yukon Route railroad route opened in Skagway, offering a faster, safer way for prospectors and their gear to reach the gold fields.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00042

    Date: 1899?

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  • Chilkat Glacier, ca. 1899

    Chilkat Glacier, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Identifier: spl_ap_00120

    Date: 1899?

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