• Miles Canyon on Yukon River, ca. 1899

    Miles Canyon on Yukon River, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Miles Canyon and the Whitehorse Rapids were two of the most treacherous points for ships traveling the Yukon River in an effort to reach the Klondike gold fields. This photograph was published in the June 1900 issue of Harper's Weekly.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00160

    Date: 1899?

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  • Sunset in Wrangell, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Sunset in Wrangell, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Identifier: spl_ap_00088

    Date: 1899?

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  • "T.C. Power" sternwheeler at Rampart City on the Yukon River, ca. 1899

    "T.C. Power" sternwheeler at Rampart City on the Yukon River, ca. 1899

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

    Rampart City was established in 1897 and used as a stopping point for prospectors traveling on the Yukon River. A sign for the "North American Transportation & Trading Co." can be seen on the building at the left of the photograph. Two barges, the "John J. Mitchell" and another unidentified vessel, appear on either side of the "T.C. Power." The "T.C. Power" was constructed in 1898 and owned by the North American Transportation & Trading Company. The "John J. Mitchell" was a 80 ton barge that wrecked on the Yukon flats in 1905.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00018

    Date: 1899?

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  • Unidentified islands, ca. 1899

    Unidentified islands, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Islands are presumed to be in Alaska but exact location is unknown.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00118

    Date: 1899?

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  • Taku Glacier, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Taku Glacier, Alaska, ca. 1899

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

    The original Tlingit name for Foster Glacier was Taku Glacier. It was also known as Schulze Glacier in the 1880s and Foster Glacier in the 1890s before reverting to its first name.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00062

    Date: 1899?

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  • Two men in small boat on Yukon River, ca. 1899

    Two men in small boat on Yukon River, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Exact location of the photograph is unknown. Camp equipment and supplies are set up on the waterfront near the boat.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00150

    Date: 1899?

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  • Man on bicycle pulling sled near summit of White Pass Trail, ca. 1899

    Man on bicycle pulling sled near summit of White Pass Trail, 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.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00115

    Date: 1899?

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  • 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_00143

    Date: 1899?

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  • Prospectors and log cabin at Derwent, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Prospectors and log cabin at Derwent, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    According to "Yukon/Charley Rivers National Preserve, Cumulative Impacts of Mining: Environmental Impact Statement, Volume 1" the town of Derwent was established in 1898 near the mouth of the Charley River. Like many mining towns, it was short-lived. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway holds the journal of William Tracy James, the man pictured with the dog (named "Dad") at the far right of the photograph. James' diary entry from August 23, 1899 details Pillsbury's visit to take the photograph at Derwent. "I started for Derwent at 7:50 AM and reached here at 6:30 PM. I found a Mr. Pillsbury, a photographer running down the Yukon taking views for the government. He was so struck by [my] head of hair, he wanted a picture of it so took a view of our cabin with Carl, Jack, Othmier, Fisher and I standing in front. We bought 9# rice for $1.80, 7# sugar for $1.40, 3# corn meal for 45 c., 6 cans St. Charles cream $2.00, 4 cans fruit $1.55 and we paid him from the vial of dust we got for a sack of flour above Dawson." James was 21 years old when the photograph was taken.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00123

    Date: 1899?

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  • Muir Glacier, ca. 1899

    Muir Glacier, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Identifier: spl_ap_00121

    Date: 1899?

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