The Klondike Stampede

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UBC Press, 1994 - History - 470 pages
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This classic in Yukon gold rush literature was originally published in 1900 and has long been out of print. Tappan Adney, a New York journalist, was dispatched to the Yukon in 1897, at the height of the gold fever, to "furnish news and pictures of the new gold fields," Adney joined the northward migration, chronicling the day-to-day experiences of the stampeders. He moved comfortably among the would-be miners, recounting their stories, the sights along the route, and the hopes and feards of the many men - and handful of women - who shared his journey to the gold fields.

The book contains excellent descriptions of the people, places, events, and experiences of the Klondike stampede. The account ot the Klondike gold fields, which includes pragmatic discussions of such things as ming techniques, cabin-building, and the operation of dog teams, is solid, reliable, and facinating. Adney was not only a good writer, he was also an accomplished photographer, and there are over 150 photographs and drawings in the text, adding an important visual dimension to the book.

After it came out, The Klondike Stampede rarely received the attention it deserved, although northern specialists have long found much of value in its pages. Its re-publication will ensure that this valuable book will be read again by those seeking an insightful and accurate account of the world's greatest gold rush.

 

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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

If you have any interest in the gold rush to the Yukon in the 1890s then this is a great book to read. It was written by a newspaper man sent to document the Klondike stampede and he has a definite ... Read full review

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User Review  - untraveller - LibraryThing

"A life of freedom and adventure has a fascination which grows rather than diminishes...." The best book I've read on the 'Stampede'. It did a good job of reminding me what it was like when I went across the Chilkoot Trail. Read full review

Contents

Arrival of Excelsior and Portland with Treasure and News of Great
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Author in Hudsons Bay Costume
10
CHAPTER II
11
Miners Supplies for Klondike Photograph by Author
21
Mounted Police iu Stable Uniform of Brown Canvas with
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CHAPTER III
39
Primitive Landing Facilities Photograph by Author
40
Landing Goods from Boat to Wagon Photograph by Author
48
Klondike Indian Dog Harness Sketch by Author
216
Dog Moccasins Sketch by Author
223
CHAPTER XII
226
Panning Photograph by Author
229
Starting a Hole Photograph by Author
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Burning Photograph by Author
250
Preparing for Big Dumps on EMoraaoPhotograp by J B Prather
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Haircutting Sketch by Author
272

A Doctor has Set Up an Apothecary Shop Photograph
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Justifiable Hesitation Photograph by Author
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CHAPTER IV
64
A View of Dyea
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Corduroy Bridge Across the Skagway Photograph by Author
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How One Outfit Attempted to Pack Timber for a Boat Over
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CHAPTER V
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Canoe Navigation Photograph by Author
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CHAPTER VI
104
The Ford at Sheep Camp Photograph by Author
105
At the Foot of Chilkoot Pass Photograph by Author
118
A Launching Bee Lake Lindeman Photograph by Author
125
CHAPTER VII
129
American Miners Paying Canadian Customsduties Photograph
135
Characteristic View on Upper Yukon River Photograph
146
Facsimile of a Record on a Tree at the White Horse Rapids
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CHAPTER VIII
159
Nearing Dawson Photograph by Author
166
Trying to Land at Dawson Photograph by Wheeler
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CHAPTER IX
176
Street in Dawson Photograph by Author
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Alaska Commercial Companys Store and Warehouses with
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CHAPTER X
193
The Klondike in Summer Looking Up from the Yukon Photo
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A Lumber Team on Bonanza Creek Photograph by Wheeler
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CHAPTER XI
208
A Typical Malamut Photograph by Author
209
CHAPTER XIV
275
Robert Henderson Photograph by Author
278
Discovery Claim Bonanza Creek Summer of 1897 Photograph
285
The Scene of Carmacks DiscoveryDiscovery Claim as it
291
Stripping the Muck off Summer Diggings Photograph
300
A Dawson Baggage Express Photograph by Hegg
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CHAPTER XV
307
Iifw from the Bottom of a Cut Summer Diggings No 12
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CHAPTER XVI
330
A Dawson Saloon Photograph by Author
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Jakes Where an Oysterstew Cost ij Photograph by
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Indian Woman in fancy Farka Photograph by Wheeler
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CHAPTER XVII
359
A Thin Black Line of Men Crossing the Summit of Chilkoot Pass
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Yukon Icefloes Photograph by Wheeler
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CHAPTER XVIII
372
The Water Front Photograph by Author
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Panoramic View of Dawson Taken from the Mouth of the Klon
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CHAPTER XIX
394
Bench or Hillside Claims French Hill August i8qS Photo
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CHAPTER XX
422
CHAPTER XXI
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CHAPTER XXII
442
CHAPTER XXIII
455
APPENDIX
465
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About the author (1994)

Tappan Adney was born in Athens, Ohio, in 1868. He spent sixteen months in the Klondike, living and travelling with the stampeders. He returned to the north in 1900 to cover the Nome, Alaska, gold rush. He later moved to Woodstock, New Brunswick, where he died in 1950.

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