MP-0000.103.34 | Miners crossing creek, Bonanza Trail, YT, about 1898

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Photograph, glass lantern slide
Miners crossing creek, Bonanza Trail, YT, about 1898
Edwin Tappan Adney
About 1898, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  event (534) , History (944) , Photograph (77678) , river (1486) , Waterscape (2986)
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Keys to History

Bonanza Creek, where the first discovery was made in 1896, is about 20 km from Dawson City. Today it looks nothing like it did in 1896. First the creek was thoroughly mined by hand, dug up, the water diverted, and the trees cut down, as this photo shows. Then hydraulic mining (using high-pressure water hoses) started. Finally large dredges were built and floated on the creeks, leaving huge piles of stones, or tailings, which are a notable feature of the landscape today.

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

  • What

    This picture shows a damaged landscape, with rocks, litter and dead trees.

  • Where

    The scene shows part of the trail between Dawson City and Bonanza Creek, Yukon Territory.

  • When

    The trail was used year round, but has been abandoned for many years.

  • Who

    The names of the two men seen here with their horse and dog are unknown.