• White Pass and Yukon Railway in Skagway Canyon, ca. 1899

    White Pass and Yukon Railway in Skagway Canyon, 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_00126

    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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  • Indigenous women in Nome, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Indigenous women in Nome, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    The same photograph was published on page 279 of the ""Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen's Magazine,"" Volume 29. An illustration based on the photograph appeared in the June 1900 issue of "McClure's Magazine." Gold was discovered near Nome 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_00177

    Date: 1899?

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  • Boat at Calico Bluff, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Boat at Calico Bluff, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Calico Bluff is located on the Yukon River near Eagle, Alaska.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00187

    Date: 1899?

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  • Indigenous woman sitting outside of building, ca. 1899

    Indigenous woman sitting outside of building, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    The caption appears to be a play on a George Wither's poem which reads "If she think not well of me, What care I how fair she be?" The identity and location of the woman are unknown.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00098

    Date: 1899?

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  • Five Finger Islands, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Five Finger Islands, Alaska, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    The Five Finger Islands are located near Stephen's Passage, Alaska.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00114

    Date: 1899?

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  • Man riding on Chilkoot Pass tramway, ca. 1899

    Man riding on Chilkoot Pass tramway, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    During the Klondike Gold Rush, several hoists and tramways were constructed to help prospectors transport heavy loads of supplies and cargo over the pass. Prior to the construction of the tramways, prospectors carried their supplies themselves or with packhorses. Peterson's Hoist was constructed in 1896 and relied on a pulley and sled system. In 1897, Archie Burns' Tramway, a horse-powered system, went into operation. In March 1898 the Dyea-Klondike Transportation company opened up their own tram, the first electric-powered version in the world. Later that year the company merged with the Alaska Railroad and Transportation Company and Chilkoot Railroad and Transport Company to expand tram operations. In June 1899, the tram was purchased by the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad and the tram system was torn down, soon to be replaced by a narrow-gauge railroad.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00125

    Date: 1899?

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  • 1st Ave. and 2nd St. in Dawson City, Alaska, ca. 1899

    1st Ave. and 2nd St. in Dawson City, Alaska, ca. 1899

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

    Crowded street scene in Dawson. The Aurora Dock, a landing point for many steamboats visiting the city can be seen to the left. Many signs can be seen throughout the photograph including: "Montecarlo Theatre," "Shaving Parlor," "Secure Tickets by the Yukon Flyer Line, Steamers Bonanza King and El Dorado, 10 days to Seattle and Vancouver B.C.," "Northern Cafe," "Aurora Cafe," "Dr. Macarthur, Dr. Macdonald," "L.J. Brooks, Optician," "Belcourt & McDougal," "W.A. Rystrom, Dentist," "Aurora Pack Train Office, Orr & Smith," "White Bros. Packers and Forwarders," "El Dorado Trading Co.," "Chester Bar," "Allen's Cigar Store," "Arlington Restaurant," "Savoy Lunch Parlor," and "Sargent & Pinska, Shoes & Clothing." Dawson City was originally home to members of the Han Tribe. It became the epicenter of the gold rush in Yukon Territory - established in 1898and swelling to a population of 40,000 the following year as prospectors flooded the area. The city served as the capitol of the Yukon until 1952.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00030

    Date: 1899?

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  • Dawson City across the Yukon River, ca. 1899

    Dawson City across the Yukon River, ca. 1899

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

    Dawson City was originally home to members of the Han Tribe. It became the epicenter of the gold rush in Yukon Territory - established in 1899?and swelling to a population of 40,000 the following year as prospectors flooded the area. The city served as the capitol of the Yukon until 1952.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00028

    Date: 1899?

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  • Aerial view of Index, Wash., ca. 1900

    Aerial view of Index, Wash., ca. 1900

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

    Identifier: spl_ap_00059

    Date: 1900?

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