1911 Sketches of Klondike Life Dawson [cover title]
Hardcover. Very Good. narrow oblong quarto, photograph album, containing 76 black and white snapshots, mounted on 26 black paper leaves, rectos only, bound in an elaborate and unusual fringed deerskin binding, title and border burnt into front and rear boards, in very good condition. The images depict the family life of a prosperous Dawson family, and views in Dawson, steamers and other boats on the Klondike River, and scenes of hiking and fishing in the hills and mountains around Dawson. There are a number of views of the Cascade Laundry in Dawson. We speculate that the album may have been kept by William "Billy" Johnson, the proprietor of the Cascade Laundry, a steam laundry. There are also photographs of Johnson, his wife and young child, in and around their Dawson home. William Johnson was involved in financing several fellow Klondikers who discovered new placer gold streams at Shushanna, (Chisana) Alaska at the head of Tanana River, called Discovery Creek. The claim was discovered by Fred Best, Billy James and Ed Nelson. Johnson staked James and Nelson. This discovery was heralded as a new "Eldorado" in the San Francisco Call, Volume 114, Number 51, 21 July 1913. It was the last great gold rush in Alaska and thousands of stampeders rushed into the area - but the boom was short lived. The Cascade Laundry remained in Dawson until 1942-1943, when it was dismantled and removed to Whitehorse, due to the declining economic prospects of Dawson. (Inventory #: 030100)
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