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Klondikers from Hollister, California


    The following letters from the Yukon and Alaska appeared in the Hollister Free Lance newspaper, and were transcribed and posted to the NORCAL-L email list by Dee, one of their members. More information about the list, which is for Northern California related topics, can be found here. An enormous amount of other information about the Klondike can be found by clicking here.

    From the dangers of avalanches in the Chilkoot Pass and rapids along the Yukon River to the annoyances of dealing with Canadian Customs officers and the thrill of finding gold, these adventurers tell a wide variety of stories. Included are some opinions about the Klondike and Dawson City that seldom appear in print anymore!


R. D. Logan

John Mahoney

Victor T. McCray

Ed Nash

Isaac Thexton


There was a lot more going on in the North than just the Klondike. The letters below are from the Kenai Peninsula.

Robert Matthews

G. W. Towle

  • Cooper Creek, Alaska - April 30, 1898
    George Towle and his 7 sons came to the Kenai Peninsual in 1898, and his youngest son, Frank, remained for the rest of his life. Their story is briefly told in Mary J. Barry's excellent 296-page book A History of Mining on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska (self-published, 1997).