• Sheep Camp on the Chilkoot Trail, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Sheep Camp on the Chilkoot Trail, Alaska, ca. 1899

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

    Sheep Camp was located on the Chilkoot Trail, one of the main routes used by prospectors trying to reach the Yukon gold fields. It was located midway between the starting point of the trail in Dyea, Alaska and the end point in Bennett, British Columbia.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00044

    Date: 1899?

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  • Log Cabin on White Pass, British Columbia, April 25, 1899

    Log Cabin on White Pass, British Columbia, April 25, 1899

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

    Log Cabin was located between Skagway and Bennett, British Columbia along the White Pass trail. It served as a resting point for prospectors traveling the difficult route to the gold fields. Signs for restaurants, customs brokers, hotels and other stores can be seen on the buildings and tents throughout the photograph.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00036

    Date: 1899-08-25

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  • Prospectors on beach in Nome, Alaska, September 22, 1899

    Prospectors on beach in Nome, Alaska, September 22, 1899

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

    The men in the photo are employing a method known as "cradling." Prospectors would shovel gravel onto the top of a "cradle" or "rocker" box and rock it back and forth to sift through the gravel through to the lower levels and, if they were lucky, reveal gold. One of these boxes can be seen at the right of the photo. Gold was discovered in the area in the summer of 1898 prospectors rushed to stake claims and Nome's population quickly ballooned to 10,000 people. In 1899, more gold was discovered on beaches near the town and spurred an even greater rush of visitors. By 1900, an estimated 1000 people a day were arriving in Nome. Pillsbury took some of the first available photographs of the city. Following his departure, the winter conditions made it too difficult for others to reach the area.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00009

    Date: 1899?

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  • Yosemite Falls, ca. 1897-1900

    Yosemite Falls, ca. 1897-1900

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    No caption is provided for the photograph but it appears to show Yosemite Falls. Pillsbury had a lifelong interest in the park and established his own photograph studio there in 1897.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00194

    Date: 1897?; 1900?

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  • Interior of Chief Lot's home, Wrangell, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Interior of Chief Lot's home, Wrangell, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Identifier: spl_ap_00103

    Date: 1899?

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  • 12 Mile House on Fantail Trail, British Columbia, ca. 1899

    12 Mile House on Fantail Trail, British Columbia, ca. 1899

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

    The Fantail Trail was a route between Log Cabin and Atlin, British Columbia used primarily used in winter when prospectors were unable to travel via steamboat. A gold rush at Atlin began in August 1898 and lasted through 1900.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00047

    Date: 1899?

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  • Rampart City on the Yukon River, ca. 1899

    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. The photograph appears to be taken from the deck of a boat, possibly the Charles H. Hamilton which can be seen in spl_ap_00017.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00015

    Date: 1899?

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  • Taku City, British Columbia, April 25, 1899

    Taku City, British Columbia, April 25, 1899

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

    In 1901 the White Pass and Yukon Railway built a small railroad for passengers and freight between Taku City on Tagish Lake and Atlin on Atlin Like. This was spurred by a gold rush at Atlin which began in August 1898 and lasted through 1900.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00049

    Date: 1899-04-25

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  • Five indigenous women at Alert Bay, B.C., ca. 1899

    Five indigenous women at Alert Bay, B.C., ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Identifier: spl_ap_00091

    Date: 1899?

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  • Pictograph of Northwest Indians

    Pictograph of Northwest Indians

    Dale, Lola E.

    Identifier: spl_art_D152Pi

    Date: 1952?

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