Gold at Fortymile Creek: Early Days in the Yukon

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Chapter 1: Early Days
1
Josiah Edward Spurr, Through the Yukon Gold Diggings ( Boston: Eastern Publishing 1900), 82-3.
2.
For other descriptions, see M. H.E. Hayne, The Pioneers of the Klondike: Being an Account of Two Years Police Service on the Yukon ( London: Sampson Low, Marsten & Co. 1897), 33-4, 52; Spurr, Yukon Gold Diggings, 85-6; Frederick Schwatka, A Summer in Alaska ( Philadelphia: John Y. Huber 1891), 263; Will Chase, Reminiscences of Captain Billie Moore ( Kansas City: Burton Publishing 1947); William B. Haskell, Two Years in the Klondike and Alaskan Gold Fields ( Hartford, CT: Hartford Publishing 1898), 155-6; Arthur Walden, A Dog-Puncher on the Yukon ( Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1931), 26; William Douglas Johns, "'The Early Yukon, Alaska, and the Klondike Discovery as They Were Before the Great Klondike Stampede Swept Away the Old Conditions By One Who Was There,'" typescript, Coutts Collection, 78/69, box F-89, folders 20 and 21, Yukon Archives, Whitehorse, n.d., pp. 71-2.
3
A prospector is one searching for a deposit (prospect) of gold which can be mined profitably. Once such propects are found, an individual might settle down to work the deposit, extracting the gold. This work, in the early days of the Yukon mining industry, might last only a few days, or a few weeks. Once the deposit was worked out, the miner would once again set out prospecting. Thus someone could change from one role to another quite quickly.
4
Accounts vary. Harold B. Goodrich, "'History and Condition of the Yukon Gold District to 1897,'" in Josiah Edward Spurr, Geology of the Yukon Gold District, Alaska, 103-33 ( Washington: Government Printing Office 1897), 108, states that various dates have been given regarding Holt's travel into the Yukon, including 1872, 1874, 1875, and 1878. Allen Wright, Prelude to Bonanza ( Sidney, BC: Gray's Publishing 1976), 133, states that Holt made a trip into the Yukon sometime between 1875 and 1878. Alfred H. Brooks, Blazing Alaska's Trails ( Fairbanks: University of Alaska 1953), 32, says that it occurred in 1875. The Sitka Alaskan, 2. October 1897, states that the trip

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • ILLUSTRATIONS AND MAPS ix
  • PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi
  • 1 - Early Days: The First Gold-Seekers Arrive 3
  • 2 - The Chilkoot Pass and Early Transportation 9
  • 3 - Early Developments on the Yukon River 18
  • 4 - The Miners' Code 25
  • 5 - The Fortymile Stampede 32
  • 6 - Strangers in a Strange Land 44
  • 7 - Years of Change 51
  • 8 - Forty Mile: Anatomy of a Gold Rush Town 68
  • 9 - The Arrival of the North-West Mounted Police 88
  • 10 - Death of the Miners' Committee 106
  • 11 - Circle: The Largest Log City in the World 115
  • 12 - The Discovery of Gold in the Klondike 129
  • 13 - Epilogue 146
  • APPENDIXES 151
  • Notes 169
  • Bibliography 187
  • Index 195
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