Collection mac-52 - Industry photograph collection

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Industry photograph collection

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mac mac-52

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171 photographs : 158 b&w prints, 13 b&w postcards.

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The Yukon Historical Society was established in Whitehorse in 1950 by a group of residents who saw the need to preserve the history of the community and the Yukon Territory. In 1976 the name was changed to the MacBride Museum Society in honour of William D. MacBride who devoted much of his time to the museum. The museum collects artifacts, archival records and photographs, geological and natural history specimens, and ethnographic materials that reflect the history of the Yukon Territory.

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The collection consists of photographs that were part of unidentified collections and were organized under the title "Industry" for research and exhibit purposes. Photograph subjects include mining, boat building, agriculture, trapping and trading, fishing, and construction of the Alaska Highway. Many are images of mining in the Klondike Gold Fields: busy hand mining scenes with open cut mines, sluice boxes and flumes on Bonanza, Gold Hill, Sulpher Creek, Dominion Creek and Quartz Creek, rocking on Gold Hill and King Solomon?s Hill, hydraulicing on French Hill and Lovette Gulch, and underground mining on Eldorado #16. Klondike scenes also include dredges in Bonanza Basin, Canadian No. 1 at Bear Creek 1902, Dredge #3, a small dredge on Hyatt Creek, construction of a dredge, and a view of Canadian Klondike Mining Co. headquarters, in 1906 during the construction of the Klondike Syphon. There are a number of images of the open pit at Pueblo Mines, mining in the Atlin area with water wheels and placer mining in Alaska. Boat building includes a sternwheeler under construction at the Whitehorse shipyard, whipsawing boat lumber and boat building at Bennett. The agriculture photographs include a vegetable garden, a Northern Commercial Company (NCCo.) truck filled with cabbages, Acklen?s garden in Dawson City, the first load of hay harvested at Fairbanks, and images of apples, lettuce, cabbage, potatoes and a 10 foot high tomato plant in Dawson City. Other industry photographs in this collection include a trapper?s outfit in 1911, native men trading at Dawson City, a sled full of caribou in Fairbanks, a mule train alongside the Klondike River, the Northern Lumber Co. in the Klondike Valley, a portable sawmill used by engineers on the Alaska Highway, original bridge near Slims River during building of Alaska Highway, fish wheel on the Yukon River and interiors of Zaccarelli?s Bookstore and the Monte Carlo. Identified photographers are Larss and Duclos, Cantwell, Adams and Larkin, Darms, E.O. Ellingsen and E.A. Hegg.

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