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)

  • What

    The photo shows a dog-team, with driver, passengers and onlookers.

  • Where

    The scene is Dawson City, Yukon.

  • When

    The photo dates from 1899, but the same method of winter travel was used well into the 20th century.

  • Who

    This unidentified passenger (a woman?) is setting off on winter journey, comfortably swathed in furs.