yukon gold rush

While some women traveled to the gold fields with their husbands, others made the trip on their own. Women worked on mining claims, taught school, or set up businesses of their own. They did laundry, cooked meals, ran hotels and dance halls, and otherwise provided services to others in the community .

This photo shows an African American woman at her laundry and mending business. It was taken at an unidentified location in Alaska or the Yukon sometime between 1897 and 1906.


Courtney’s Store and prospectors at Sheep Camp, Alaska. 1890′s. 

Sheep Camp was where goldminers prepared for the climb over the Chilkoot Pass to the Yukon goldfields in the late 1890s. On April 3, 1898, an avalanche killed 60 people here. 

Sheep Camp was not really a community, just a collection of tents near the foot of the Chilkoot Pass, where miners rested before attempting the terrible climb. It was located on the Chilkoot Trail, between Skagway, Alaska, and the international boundary at the top of the Chilkoot Pass. The tents were used for a few days by some of the thousands of men and women who were to pass that way, amidst a jumble of supplies and debris.

Something I noticed in the character bio section for the new DuckTales is that it’s saying that $crooge and Goldie’s love “dates back to the Yukon Gold Rush”, yet they have a new character who’s a “tech billionaire” from Silicon Valley, meaning that they’re…150 years old??? did they think that through or what???

moveslikejaromir  asked:

I'm back with more Night At The Museum headcanons! Henrik Lundqvist as a king of the Swedish Empire; Hags, Horny and any other NHL Swedes who aren't in the Viking exhibit are his generals, soldiers, ect. Phil and maybe a couple of the others are miners who traveled north during the Yukon gold rush. Horny takes to hanging out with the Vikings since they speak Swedish, and they tell such interesting stories. Phil (whose exhibit is next to the Russians) is asked by their general Alexander to ...

… deliver a note to “the most beautiful viking, with long hair like spun gold and eyes like emeralds, and a smile as bright as the sun”. He doesn’t give a name, but Phil is too intimidated by the loud Russian who won’t stop talking about this guy to ask for one. When he gets there, he knows immediately who it’s for, anyway. Sure, his armour looks more like the guys from the “great religious empires of Europe” exhibits than the other vikings, and his eyes are blue not green, …

… but he’s with the vikings and the Russian general is weird enough that he could get his lover’s eye colour wrong. Carl is incredibly flattered, Nicky thinks it’s hilarious and goes off to tell Alex to stop terrifying the poor gold miners, and Phil is embarrassed but happy that he got to meet such a beautiful man. He becomes a regular in the “great religious empires of Europe” room after that.

The Northern Lights shimmer above the remote Slaven’s Roadhouse at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska. This historic roadhouse along the Yukon River once housed prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. Today, park visitors can spend the night in this restored cabin. Photo by Sean Tevebaugh, National Park Service.


Let’s Talk About Movies: Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush

[Excerpt from Great Film Directors: A Critical Anthology] “The basic comic situations in The Gold Rush are built on hunger and cannibalism. Charlie is threatened with death by starvation and cold, with getting eaten or shot. The comic here is deeply rooted in terrifying. The shoe-eating sequence was inspired by a documentary account of the Donner Pass crossing; some of the settlers ate their dead and other their moccasins. Chaplin’s version of the great Yukon gold rush is a story of dire need. Greed for gold may motivate Big Jim and Black Larsen, but Charlie himself is simply trying to survive. He has stumbled into the while wilderness without design or ambition; his needs are far more primary than gold; he is looking for food, shelter, warmth, and human affection.”

Kallstadt, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

origin of the families Heinz (tomato ketchup and other foodstuffs) and Trump (real estate).

The area around Kallstadt was already a prosperous cultural landscape in Roman times.

Around 500 AD, a Franconian family settled in the area, whose head was called Chagilo. The village itself was first mentioned in 824.

Donald Trump’s grandfather Friedrich / Frederick, a hairdresser, moved to the United States in 1885, aged 16. After a rocky start as a hairdresser and innkeeper, he made a fortune in the context of the Yukon Gold Rush and acquired the American citizenship in 1892. In 1901, he returned to Germany and married Elisabeth Christ, daughter of poor wine growers, who he knew as a girl in the neighborhood. The couple moved back to New York, but Elisabeth got homesick despite living in the German community in the Bronx, and after the first child they moved back to Kallstadt. Friedrich vigorously attempted to re-acquire the German citizenship, but it was denied because the authorities accused him of being a draft dodger by moving out of country. He was finally expelled in 1905 and went to Queens, where he worked as a hairdresser, restaurant manager, and real estate owner. He died in 1918 as an early victim of the influenza pandemic. His wife Elizabeth continued the real estate business together with the oldest son, laying the foundations of today’s Trump Organization.

Johann Heinrich Heinz, whose mother Charlotte Luise’s maiden name was Trump, had emigrated from Kallstadt to the United States in 1840. His son, Henry John Heinz began his business packing foodstuffs, then marketed horesradish. After going bankrupt on horseradish, he founded a company to produce tomato ketchup, which turned out to be successful until the present day.