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Yukon & Alaska Pioneer Biographies


Biographies from 'A' to 'E' are on this page;
continue on to 'F' to 'L',   and 'M' to 'Z'

American Heroes of the Klondike Gold Rush
Short bios, listed by the person's home town.

Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery
This large site provides bios of the most prominent people buried here, and a master burial database makes finding a specific grave easy.

Drownings in the Yukon & Alaska
With tens of thousands of cheechakos on the trail to the goldfields, accidents along the waterways of the North were inevitable - here is a list of some of them.

Canadian Heroes of the Klondike Gold Rush
Short bios, listed by the person's home town.

Children of the Gold Rush
A review of the book by Claire Rudolph Murphy and Jane G. Haigh. .

Klondikers from Hollister, California
These very descriptive letters home originally appeared in the Hollister Free Lance newspaper in 1898.

The Naming of Alaska
Biographies of 120 of the people who gave places in Alaska their names.

Wilderness Graves on the Route to the Klondike
One of the things that makes the Yukon "The Land of Magic & Mystery" is that there are ghosts everywhere!


Adams, George
In an article published in January 1898, The Dyea Trail claims that George Adams was the first American to set foot in the Yukon basin, in 1865 - was he really?

Albrecht, Dr. C. Earl
Dr. Albrecht came to Alaska to work in the Matanuska valley farming community that had been established, and went on to become an internationally-known expert on Northern health issues. Also see the book Frontier Physician: The Life and Legacy of Dr. C. Earl Albrech.

Banks, Robert Bruce
A moving collection of letters follow an attempt to earn money during the Klondike rush, which ended in tragedy.

Barnes, Thomas
The death notice from the May 10, 1898 issue of The Caribou Sun (Caribou Crossing, Yukon).

Bartlett, Edward Lewis "Bob"
A biography of one of the prime architects of Alaskan statehood.

Bertholf, Ellsworth Price
Commodore Bertholf's long career with the Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Guard included a recue mission that earned him a Medal of Honor.

Black, George and Martha
George and Martha came for the gold, but remained to play important parts in the Yukon's development.

Bratnober, Henry
A brief look at Henry's activities in turn-of-the-century Yukon and Alaska.

Bylot, Robert
One of the most daring of the early Arctic explorers is all but forgotten today.

Call, Dr. Samuel J.
An introduction to a man who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his part in one of the greatest of Alaskan rescue missions.

Clum, John Philip
A very good biography of Clum, who arrived in Alaska in 1898 as a Special Commissioner for the Post Office, and was very influential until his departure in 1909.

Conna, John Newington
A biography of this black pioneer of Washington State and Alaska, by Douglas Q. Barnett.

Conrad, John Howard
This site gives a lengthy extract from the book Fractured Veins & Broken Dreams, the history of Conrad's Yukon silver mines.

Cooper, Joseph
A fairly lengthy letter published in the Alaska Search Light of August 29, 1896 describes a trip up the Kenai River with Cooper.

Córdova y Córdova, Luis de
This lengthy article by Arsenio Rey-Tejerina examines Cordova's influence on Alaska, and provides information on other Spanish expeditions.

Dahlman, Louis
This article from the November 19, 1898 issue of The Dyea Press tells of Dahlman's death during a blizzard on the Chilkoot Pass.

Drake, Marie
Marie was the author of the words to Alaska's State Song, "Alaska's Flag."

Eielson, Carl Ben
The story of one of Alaska's most famous pioneer fliers.

Ennis, Robert H.
Chief scout during the Riel Rebellion, Ennis later went north to the Klondike - a pair of newspaper articles from 1923 are posted.


Biographies 'F' to 'L'
Biographies 'M' to 'Z'