1898 stereoscopic view of Klondike Gold Rush – Halt by the wayside

‘9256- A Halt by the Wayside, en route to Klondike’.

Keystone View Company, Manufacturers and Publishers. Copyright 1898 by B. L. Singley.
Meadville PA., St. Louis MO., San Francisco Cal., Toronto Can., New York N.Y., London England

 

Back has enjoyable story by John P. Clum, USPO Inspector and Lecturer:

“There was a goodly number of robust young fellows who undertook this journey…a reminder of the goodie-goodies in the old home from which they are now so far separated”.

Curved stereocard.

Nice condition, corner creases, slight stains on back. Small nicks affecting text on back.

 

The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899. Gold was discovered there by local miners on August 16, 1896 and, when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a stampede of would-be prospectors. Some became wealthy, but the majority went in vain. The Klondike Gold Rush ended in 1899 after gold was discovered in Nome, Alaska prompting an exodus from the Klondike. It has been immortalized by photographs, books, films, and artifacts.

To reach the gold fields most took the route through the ports of Dyea and Skagway in Southeast Alaska. Here, the Klondikers could follow either the Chilkoot or the White Pass trails to the Yukon River and sail down to the Klondike. Each of them was required to bring a year's supply of food by the Canadian authorities in order to prevent starvation. In all, their equipment weighed close to a ton, which for most had to be carried in stages by themselves. Together with mountainous terrain and cold climate this meant that those who persisted did not arrive until summer 1898. Once there, they found few opportunities and many left disappointed.

 

The company expanded rapidly and by 1905, the year the Keystone View Company was incorporated, it was the largest business of its kind in the world. All of the manufacturing was done in Meadville, but branch offices were in New York, St. Louis, San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, Chicago, Toronto, Canada and London, England. Salesmen and photographers were scattered around the world, and the company was offering 20,000 different views

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