YUKON GOLD RUSH - ALs from "Papa" to Daughters Ethel & May, writing "on the Taku River 40 Miles from Juneau". April 30, 1899. Yukon Prospector.

YUKON GOLD RUSH - ALs from "Papa" to Daughters Ethel & May, writing "on the Taku River 40 Miles from Juneau". April 30, 1899.

Juneau: 1899. 2 pages, 47 lines, of text on 1 sheet of ruled tablet paper. Sheet size: 12-1/2" x 8". Age toning to paper. Fold lines. Very Good. Item #36424

While waiting [im]patiently for the weather to break, this prospector writes his "darlings Ethel F. & May H." describing his circumstances— which he finds less than satisfactory, despite the good hunting and fishing:

"We got here all right and built us comfortable quarters for the present and are patiently waiting for the snow to go off but it seems to go very slow. It is almost impossible to get around. It will take till about the first of June before we can do any prospecting. The weather is fine, nice sunshine every day, we have been whipsawing lumber for a boat and when the river breaks up we will go up about 8 or 10 miles further….

I hope that you have written as we get our mail up here on or about the 12th of May by this man, he is coming up to fish. Salmon will be running about that time and they are sold in Juneau for $2.00 a piece that is the first run of salmon, what they call King salmon and weighs 20 lbs each.

I am very anxious to make something and get out of this destitute forsaken looking country. I haven’t seen nothing but mountains and snow good for nothing except what timber and mineral there is in it.

Very little corn raised in this country. I am having a fat time on grouse. I kill them every day at our camp. There is no deer here. Wolves are too plenty to let them live on the mainland, but there is plenty of moose and caribou and lots of bear are very large some of their tracks is 14 inch long and 9 inches wide and what I learn they weigh from 500 to 1000 lbs…."

Price: $235.00

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