MP-1979.111.82 | Miner's outfit for sale, Sheep Camp, near Dyea, YT (?), 1897

Miner's outfit for sale, Sheep Camp, near Dyea, YT (?), 1897
Edwin Tappan Adney
1897, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
10 x 12 cm
© McCord Museum
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The climb over the Chilkoot Trail was so difficult that many people took one look at the steep slope and gave up. The man in this picture has decided that the chance to strike it rich is not worth the effort. His mining tools and equipment are for sale, probably for much less than he paid for them. He will miss out on a great adventure, but since most people who came to the Klondike went home empty-handed, perhaps he has made the right choice.

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

  • What

    The picture shows some of the supplies the miners had to bring with them. There was little to buy in the Yukon, and the mounted police required them to carry at least six months' provisions.

  • Where

    The goods are stacked at the foot of the dreaded Chilkoot Pass on the American side of the international boundary.

  • When

    The photo was taken at the beginning of the gold rush to the Klondike, in late 1897.

  • Who

    The man is an unidentified goldseeker. Since prospectors came from all over the world, he could have been from almost anywhere.