MP-1979.111.36 | A. C. Company's dog team, Dawson, YT, 1899
A. C. Company's dog team, Dawson, YT, 1899
Edwin Tappan Adney
1899, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
10 x 12 cm
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
A dogsled belonging to the Alaska Commercial Company sets on a journey, perhaps the 20 km run to Bonanza Creek. (Winter trips to the outside were made in large horse-drawn sleighs.) This company is over 225 years old, and is still in business in the North. Dawson City at the height of the gold rush was a rough place, where gambling and prostitution were tolerated and where the cost of living was very high. It was not lawless, however. Saloons and gambling halls ran 24 hours a day, but were shut tight from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday. It was forbidden to carry firearms in Dawson City, and thus were very few shootings in town.
Source : Off to the Klondike! The Search for Gold [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)
The photo shows a dog-team, with driver, passengers and onlookers.
The scene is Dawson City, Yukon.
The photo dates from 1899, but the same method of winter travel was used well into the 20th century.
This unidentified passenger (a woman?) is setting off on winter journey, comfortably swathed in furs.