Annie Hall Strong
|Nellie Cashman||Mollie Walsh|
|Belinda Mulrooney||The Other Woman - A short poem|
|Klondike Kate||Ethel Berry - "Bride of the Klondike"|
To get to the Klondike by land you would have to travel over either White Pass or Chilkoot Pass. One person said that no matter which way you went you would wish you had taken the other way. White Pass was referred to as "Dead Horse Trail", for some 25,000 horses died from the strain and were trampled to nothing on that trail. Chilkoot Pass was a 25 mile long trail that shot up two thousand feet. It shot up half of that in that last 1/2 mile. They also experienced trouble with avalanches. Some pictures of the passes.
|In honor of the 100th anniversary of the gold rush we have a larger version of the montage.|
Women from all walks of life joined the Gold Rush. Some accompanied their husbands while others came on their own as fortune seekers. Women came north as miners, housewives, entertainers, shopkeepers, nuns, teachers, businesswomen, authors, and some even came as tourists. Many women "struck it rich". One of these hard working women was Mrs. Willis. She staked a claim that yielded $300,000. She also opened a laundry business in Dawson City.
Map of Alaska
& its Gold Fields - 1897
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A little further down the social scale were the chorus line dancers who danced with miners after the show for a dollar a dance and encouraged them to buy drinks. They too were salaried employees of the dance hall and, like the stars, received a commission on the drinks they sold.
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