MP-0000.103.53 | Miner and dog, each with pack, Klondike, about 1898

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Photograph, glass lantern slide
Miner and dog, each with pack, Klondike, about 1898
Edwin Tappan Adney
About 1898, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 8 cm
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Over a century ago, there were no modern fabrics to wear in the bush. Summer and winter, the miners wore clothes made of wool, hot in the summer, barely warm enough in the freezing Yukon winters. Some miners from Ohio reported that winter clothes cost $250 per man. That was two thirds of a year's wages for an industrial worker in that period. There were no dry cleaners or washing machines at the gold mines. You can imagine what it must have smelled like in a winter cabin with a woodstove roaring hot to keep out the frost. Dogs, of course, have always been important to the Yukon, first as working dogs, and now for winter sports.

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

  • What

    These are mining supplies: a kettle and an axe handle are visible. The dog is probably carrying flour.

  • Where

    The miners are seeking gold in the Klondike, Yukon Territory.

  • When

    The year is 1898, but the same kind of equipment had been in use for many years in mining camps all over North America.

  • Who

    The miners, with their canine assistant, have not been identified.