MP-0000.103.32 | Miner and dog team, Bonanza Creek, YT, 1898

 
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Photograph, glass lantern slide
Miner and dog team, Bonanza Creek, YT, 1898
Edwin Tappan Adney
1898, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 8 cm
MP-0000.103.32
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Dogs have always played an important role in Yukon history. In the early days they carried and pulled supplies, freight and mail across the territory in the winter (in the summer, steamboats were used). The best known dog of the gold rush period is probably "White Fang," the canine hero of Jack London's famous book. Today, dogs are the central figures in the Yukon Quest, a 1600 km race run every February between Whitehorse and Fairbanks, Alaska.

Source : Off to the Klondike! The Search for Gold [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    This is a dogsled loaded with supplies.

  • Where

    The miner and his dogs are near Bonanza Creek, Yukon, where gold was first discovered.

  • When

    During the rush of 1897-99, this was a common means of carrying supplies .

  • Who

    The man is pictured with his team of dogs, without which the work would have been impossible.