Photographs of Florence Hartshorn, circa 1898  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hartshorn, Florence M., 1869-1943
Photographs of Florence Hartshorn
circa 1898 (inclusive)
8 photographic prints (1 folder) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
Photographs of Florence and Albert Hartshorn in various locations of Washington State, British Columbia, and Yukon Territory.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Access to original photographs restricted: Permission of curator required. The entire collection has been digitized and can be viewed on the Libraries Digital Collections website.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Florence M. Hartshorn was born in 1869 in Michigan. In 1898, she joined her husband Albert in the Yukon, where he owned a blacksmith shop. They had one daughter, Hazel Hartshorn Goslie. Florence Hartshorn saw firsthand the bodies of approximately 3,000 packhorses and mules that perished in the trek over White Pass during the Klondike Gold Rush, an experience that would influence her for the rest of her life. In many interviews with reporters, she recounts how her horse hesitated to step over heaps of horse corpses, and that she pressed a lemon peel against her nose to protect against the terrible smell. In response, Hartshorn worked with the Alaska Division of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Ladies of the Golden North to fund the erection of a monument dedicated to the pack animals that died at White Pass. The monument was dedicated on August 24th, 1929 at what is now known as Dead Horse Gulch. By 1930, Florence and Albert were divorced and Florence moved to Seattle. Florence passed away on October 21st, 1943.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Florence and Albert Hartshorn at White Pass and Log Cabin, British Columbia, Canada, as well as images of waterfalls and a pack train.

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Guide to the Photographs of Florence Hartshorn Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1 circa 1898
1 2
Florence Hartshorn on horseback in front of log cabin restaurant, White Pass
Written on verso: Mrs. Hartshorn who took it upon herself to place the monument at Dead Horse gulch.Same image as item 3a.
circa 1898
1 3a circa 1898
1 3b circa 1898
1 4a
 Albert Hartshorn foraging outside a log cabin, Log Cabin, British Columbia
Albert Hartshorn was born 1869 in Michigan. He was the husband of Florence Hartshorn and worked as a blacksmith.
circa 1898
1 4b circa 1898
1 5a circa 1898
1 5b circa 1898
1 6
 Florence and Albert Hartshorn's Log Cabin in Atlin, Canada
Written on verso: My home Atlin, BC
circa 1898

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Personal Names :
  • Hartshorn, Florence M., 1869-1943--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Atlin (B.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • White Pass (B.C.)--Photographs