||Some Klondike photographers produced souvenir albums
containing their own prints and others. Photographic travel essays have always been
popular with people who travel and those who dream of travelling. The Klondike gold rush
era had plenty of both.
and his party went over the Chilkoot Pass and paddled down the Yukon River in 1894 before
gold was found in the Klondike. He stopped at the site of the future Dawson City and
lingered at Forty Mile, the first gold rush town in the Yukon. Many of the men he
photographed at Forty Mile made a fortune later when they were the first to stake rich
claims on the Klondike River watershed. Wilson's Glimpses of Alaska was published
posthumously in 1897. Frank La Roche
travelled over the Chilkoot the year after gold was discovered and photographed scenes and
people along the Chilkoot Pass and Skagway Trail. His travelogue, En Route to the Klondike... Chilkoot Pass and
Skaguay Trail, ended at Lake Lindeman, where the stampeders were building boats
for the Yukon River portion of their trip.
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