• Prospectors on beach in Nome, Alaska, October 3, 1899

    Prospectors on beach in Nome, Alaska, October 3, 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    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. The same photograph appeared in the June 1900 issue of Harper's Weekly. An illustration based on the photograph appeared in the June 1900 of McClure's Magazine.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00180

    Date: 1899-10-03

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  • Discovery City on Pine Creek, British Columbia, April 24, 1899

    Discovery City on Pine Creek, British Columbia, April 24, 1899

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

    Discovery City was a short-lived settlement located halfway between Atlin and Surprise Lake. A gold rush began at Atlin in August 1898 and lasted through 1900.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00050

    Date: 1899-04-24

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  • Tagish Lake, Canada, ca. 1899

    Tagish Lake, Canada, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Tagish Lake is located on the border of British Columbia and Yukon.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00159

    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_00079

    Date: 1899?

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  • Men on the frozen shores of Atlin Lake at Atlin, British Columbia April 25, 1899

    Men on the frozen shores of Atlin Lake at Atlin, British Columbia April 25, 1899

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

    A gold rush began at Atlin in August 1898 and lasted through 1900. Tents surround the shores of Lake Atlin where several men can be seen on the frozen lake. Larger wood buildings in the main part of town can be seen on the far side of the lake.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00052

    Date: 1899-04-25

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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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  • Dancers at Klukwan Potlatch ceremony, Alaska, October 14, 1898

    Dancers at Klukwan Potlatch ceremony, Alaska, October 14, 1898

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Identifier: spl_ap_00109

    Date: 1898-10-14

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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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  • Woman outside Long Lake Hotel in British Columbia, ca. 1899

    Woman outside Long Lake Hotel in British Columbia, ca. 1899

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Long Lake lay along the Chilkoot Trail, a Tlingit trade route between Skagway, Alaska and Lake Bennett (on the border of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory) that was used by many prospectors during the gold rush. The hotel was located at the south end of the lake. Signs on the side of the hotel advertise beds, lemonade and a bakery.

    Identifier: spl_ap_00086

    Date: 1899?

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  • Dancers at Klukwan Potlatch ceremony, Alaska, October 14, 1898

    Dancers at Klukwan Potlatch ceremony, Alaska, October 14, 1898

    Pillsbury, Arthur C. (Arthur Clarence)

    Identifier: spl_ap_00108

    Date: 1898-10-14

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