We used those photo's in designing the boat. Built it approximately in
the same time out of very similar materials. Delivered the boat 22 days
after delivery of very green rough cut wood for planking.
Horses have never been used very successfully in AK. There was a horse
trail over the summit from Skagway, different from the famous Golden
Staircase the walkers came over. The horse trail was close in some
places to the railroad, I believe there are still some bones from the
3-4,000 horses that died there.
Horses were used in central AK for packing during the time frame you are
talking about. I may have read about some horse loggers up there too.
The terrain is suitable in the hills from the Gates of the Arctic over
to the Canadian border and up to the North Slope. The problem is graze,
vegetation in AK is not really suitable for horses.
Adirondack Goodboat wrote:
> This is another fascinating coincidence for me, Harry, because I was
> just looking at the photos of a famous Gold Rush photographer online,
> and was amazed to see these tent communities along the lake where a
> boat is being built beside every tent. What a boatbuilding scene that
> was! I'd never known that the miners got to Dawson by water. I'll have
> to send you a copy of my little November novel, /Far Alaska/, in which
> my central character, an old man who thinks he has "done the worse a
> man can do" back East and therefore unfit for unfit to live among
> civilized people, hits for the territories. He steals a coupled horses
> on the way, and then sees these pictures in a museum in Whitehorse and
> is shocked to discover that horses had no part in the Gold Rush. He's
> a horse-oriented fella, not like us, and had associated the gold Rush
> with the Wild West. think he'll find work for his team on the Trans
> Alaska Pipeline? It's 1972 or so.
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> You can get on the Yukon in the Whitehorse area. Once below Dawson
> next time a road hits the river is at Eagle and then another long
> way to
> a road. You could haul a boat up to Lake Bennett right across the
> summit from Skagway but you would have to Portage around the dam at
> Whitehorse. Thats were all the stampeders started from and where we
> delivered the boat we built for the movie "Klondike the quest for
> It shows up on the history channel occasionally.
> See bottom of the page
> They got that boat to Dawson, could have gone all the way to Nome.